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Putting a rack on a bike with no eyelets(6 posts)

Putting a rack on a bike with no eyeletsCurtSD
Jan 13, 2003 5:15 PM
I'm planning a credit-card tour this summer in Colorado, and I'd like to figure out the best way to carry a minimal amount of stuff. I'll be riding my road bike, which doesn't have any eyelets. I've seen the seatpost racks and trunk bags that look about right (600-700 sq. in.), but I'm worried that they might tend to sway from side to side while climbing standing up. I've heard of attaching more traditional racks, but using clamps around the seatstays instead of eyelets. Has anyone done this? Is a seatpost rack a better way to go? Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Curt
re: Putting a rack on a bike with no eyeletsMGS
Jan 13, 2003 5:35 PM
Go to old man mountain racks.

http://www.oldmanmountain.com/FAQ.htm#1

They are great and answer all questions. I toured with one using about 35 lbs of loaded panniers on a C-40. It was a blast. Far superior to ANY post mounted rack.

And yes, I rode this bike with 35lbs of pack, Zipp 404 wheels, and put about 400 miles in 4 days. I was only one of five riders without a single flat or mechanical problem.
re: Putting a rack on a bike with no eyeletsAndy M-S
Jan 14, 2003 6:25 AM
Well, you can put a rack on a bike, but I've always viewed racks as additional weight that isn't doing much, plus if you don't have eyelets, you have to kludge it on. I prefer Carradice bags, and I have my own 'kludge' for mounting them. Look here for an example of a small Carradice mounted on my 'kludge':

http://www.geocities.com/marchantshapiro/strange_ideas/saddlebag2.htm
I use Carradice, too--but mounting a rack is no problemcory
Jan 14, 2003 8:29 AM
I carry most of my stuff in either a Carradice Lowsaddle seat bag or a Rivendell Hobo handlebar bag these days. Racks do have some advantages, though. You can mount them securely without eyelets by using those vinyl-coated C-shaped clamps (can't remember their real name offhand) that go around the stays, then bolt to the rack legs. I've done that on two bikes and carried pretty heavy loads w/no probs. Also mounted a kid seat like that years ago.
Home Depot sometimes has the clamps cheaper than bike shops, if you can figure out what to ask for....
re: Putting a rack on a bike with no eyeletsKeeponTrekkin
Jan 14, 2003 11:51 AM
I mounted my kid seat using clamps as noted above. Liberal use of padding prevented paint damage.

Check fit and foot clearance carefully. The short chainstays of your road bike might not give adequate pedaling clearance with the load in the optimal position.
carradice and racksJS Haiku Shop
Jan 14, 2003 12:28 PM
other options can be found at www.wallbike.com (wallingford bike in n'awlins). i've given them quite a bit of business over the last year--nothing but good results.

the rack i have to support my caradice bags attaches to the saddle rails, and sits quite a bit lower than the one shown above in this thread. works well, not sure about weight, but that's not really a concern.

be advised that carradice bags work well with brooks saddles, and seem to be made to attach directly to the bag loops underneath and in the rear of most brooks models. wallingford also sells (and i'm using one) two different aftermarket kits to retrofit your non-brooks saddle with bag loops.