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Can you add rack eyelets to a $1000 bike?(9 posts)

Can you add rack eyelets to a $1000 bike?kadshark
Apr 12, 2001 10:56 AM
Why am I asking this, you wonder? Well, I've got my precious Bianchi Boron and a Fuji from 1983 with front and rear eyelets, BUT I'm about to buy a bike for my wife --who isn't exactly an everyday rider-- and can't decide between the Bianchi Eros (Campy Mirage, seems yukky) and the Univega Modo Vincere Triple. The Univega has Thron Tubing, Campy Veloce, threadless steerer, lighter wheels and costs less than the Bianchi. Of course, Cindy will only have one all purpose sort of bike and though there's no immediate need for a rack, who knows, we could do some touring (with me on Fuji) or do something truly insane like have a kid and want to put a baby seat on the bike. So, if you wanted to set the bike up with a rack later on, can you weld eyelets on the bike (and how much does that cost) or are the pannier capable racks that can fit on without eyelets? Just wondering. And, by all means, if you feel compelled to tell me to get the Bianchi, you can do that too.
Is it worth it?Gadfly
Apr 12, 2001 11:26 AM
Why don't you just look for bikes that have the rack eyelets, like the Trek 520. Should be in that price range.
Is it worth it?kadshark
Apr 12, 2001 1:58 PM
You're probably right, she looked at that one and wasn't that impressed (why, who knows really, I think it lacked the sex appeal of a true road bike).
re: Can you add rack eyelets to a $1000 bike?Lazy
Apr 12, 2001 11:37 AM
I think the Fuji Newest comes with eyelets. Less than $1000 and comes with (if I remember correctly) 105 components.
YesSpoke Wrench
Apr 12, 2001 12:49 PM
I just installed a rack on my old Bridgestone RB-2 using two sets of Blackburn clamps that come with Blackburn racks. It's plenty sturdy enough for my purposes, but about all I'll ever carry is my wallet, a rain jacket and a few tools.

If I were going to install a baby seat, however, I'd want a bike that had two sets of threaded rack eyelets. Babies weigh more than most people carry, tend to wiggle around, and can be expensive to repair.
Apr 12, 2001 2:03 PM
Did you use the clamps in all locations, beneath the seat and at the bottom of the rack?
Yep (nm)Spoke Wrench
Apr 13, 2001 6:16 AM
re: Can you add rack eyelets to a $1000 bike?kadshark
Apr 12, 2001 2:00 PM
Also a good idea, I've looked at that one for her, though it comes with the Sora stuff, not 105, so the value doesn't seem quite as good as the Univega (except of course for the eyelets).
re: Can you add rack eyelets to a $1000 bike?LBS Guy
Apr 12, 2001 5:12 PM
First off i say to hell with the rack get the Bianchi, and if she needs a rack later there are tons of companies that make racks that clamp on to the seatpost, not a good idea for holding a kid, but you can carry about 25 lbs of gear safely but i've loaded one down with 50lbs and it didnt break, and if you do have a kid u can get one of those little carts that holds on the bike and closes up so the kid can't run off, but get the Bianchi over the Univega the vega might have better parts but the Bianchi frame is alot nicer, and plus it says Bianchi on it thats all that really matters, later, good luck,
P.S. if worse come to worse buy yourself a new bike and give her that old Fuji.