Re: mounting a rack
- From: Nate Nagel <njnagel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:52:45 -0500
A Muzi wrote:
Nate Nagel wrote:in the collective wisdom of the group, should a rear rack be mounted level, or slightly tilted forward? If the latter, what's a good angle?
Does anyone sell loose mounting hardware for racks, or if the hardware supplied for a commercial rack is unsuitable, am I on my own for fabbing new bits? (referring to the straps between the front of the rack and the downtube.)
Reason I ask is I just bought a rack for my bike in preparation for spring (I *will* turn my bike into practical transportation) and in the course of mounting it, found that the only way I could mount it with the supplied hardware and not bending/stressing anything was tilted slightly forward, which seems right to me, but I'm wondering how far I can get away with without putting too much load on the straps (it appears that it is designed so that most of the load goes down the vertical members to the dropouts) I *am* a compulsive reader, so it is not inconceivable that I might make a trip to/from the library with a milk crate full of books strapped to the rack...
Next, for ultra-freddy goodness, I'll be looking at fenders... :)
Racks and mudguards are so varied in their mounting from one bike to another there are no rules. Suppliers for both products include 'typical' hardware. Your LBS should be able to swap for longer stays as needed. There's no functional reason it can't be canted as long as it doesn't bother you aesthetically. Make sure nothing fouls the brakes.
was just curious if there was a convention. I've seen them both ways. Seems to me it should be *more* level than it is, but I can't do it with the hardware supplied. I suspect making my own stays from pieces of aluminum angle is probably the most elegant/easiest solution. the actual problem I have is that there are long and short stays included with the rack, but the short ones are too short and the long ones are waaaaay too long. (I really need ones about 1/2" longer than the short ones.)
Will leave it as is for now and if I get real ambitious that'll be an easy rainy-day project.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
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