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Touring on my race bike(4 posts)

Touring on my race bikeCyclepath
Jul 30, 2001 8:26 PM
I have a road race bike that doesn't have any rack hole things, and I am doing a tour with two full rear panniers for a week. Is there a sensible, safe way to get a rack on my bike or am I screwed?
re: Touring on my race bikeLC
Jul 30, 2001 8:40 PM
It depends on what frame you have. Some aluminum or steel frames are strong enough and have room to drill a hole above the drop outs. If it is a CF bike then you are probally screwed. I have heard of some sort of brakets that can attach to your bike to get a rack on it, but they are only for really light loads.
re: Touring on my race bikeJay H
Jul 31, 2001 3:44 AM
Check out this link:

It's a grommet thing that fits into many bikes who have a triangle cutout in the drops. If you do, you can see if it will fit. Blackburn, nor that website says anything about a size. Historically, I've heard that triangle used to be a standard size but my '98 Lemond Zurich's triangle, that was too small for the grommit to fit. Dunno, but I couldn't use that one but instead I made my own with a hard PVC grommit cut to size to fit a screw. Then you can get a rack and just the right screw and run it through the grommit in the triangular cutout and get a rack that mounts to the brake arch between the seat stays. Just make sure you get the right screw and nut for the drive side as most 9-speed cassettes (I presume campy 10spd must be similar) are not going to have alot of clearence betweeen the cutout and the smallest sprocket. You must make sure you either get a screw to fit precisely or cut them somehow or else your cassette will hit the screw which is not good! I have an n'aero pack on my bike, it's 1700ci and it's a good light touring pack.

TubusRusty McNasty
Jul 31, 2001 4:19 AM
makes a roack which only needs dropout mounts and the brake mount. you probably can't hold much weight with it, and you DO need the dropout mounts (a bike shop should be able to add those).