Questions tagged [rack]

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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?

I have a tripod for my SLR camera that I want to carry on my bike. It's just a generic tripod like this one, but if I strap it to my top tube it rubs against my legs while riding (and it's slightly ...
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Really big panniers and other baggage

Once a week I take my bike to the local supermarket to do my shopping. My panniers fill up really quickly and I always end up with bags on my handlebars (for UK people - the bags I'm talking about ...
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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

I am in the market for a rear rack. I noticed that there are two categories of rear racks: Seatpost-mounted rear racks, such as this one: And frame-mounted rear racks, such as this one: I'm ...
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Rack (& Pannier) for a bike with disc brakes

I'd like to get a rack for my bike (Haibike Land). The problem is that the bottom screws are blocked by the disc brake: (If it is not obvious from the photo, the brake and its mounting screws are in ...
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Luggage rack attachments for laptops?

So, while out riding my bike, I really dislike having a backpack on. I have a trek luggage rack on my bicycle and would love to find something that could attach to it, capable of holding a 17" laptop,...
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What is the best technique for carrying a large box on my bike rack?

FedEx has a large package for me, and it has me wondering--what's the best way to carry a large box on a bike with a rear rack? What types of tie-downs, knots, etc should be used? For context, this ...
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Finding a rattle in my bike

I recently installed a rear luggage rack and washed my bike, and now I get a buzzing rattle when I ride over bumps in the road, independent of whether I happen to be pedaling at the time. It sounds ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting? [duplicate]

Right now I use a backpack to hold all of my supplies including spare tubes, pump, patch kits, tools, my change of clothes for work, etc. This is the backpack I use: It's about as comfortable as a ...
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Why is my rear rack shaped like this?

I recently bought a used bike that had a rack attached to it. Until last night I didn't notice this strangely shaped part on one of the sides of the rack (circled in purple in the picture). This isn't ...
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Recumbent, diamond-frame or trailer to move heavy things?

Heavy things can be a lot of books, full beer cans, construction woods and other misc in a place where I cannot use a car and the trip is long and suitable for riding. So which one would you favor? ...
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“Racing bikes” with fenders and a rack

I'm new to the sport of cycling, although I have been biking as transportation for a few years. I'm a poor college student in possession of a hybrid bike, a Mongoose Crossway. I went into a local ...
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Can I fit rear panniers to a full-suspension bike with a dropper post?

I'm looking at the Whyte T129s and have seen that there's a couple of options for fitting panniers to the back of a full-sus bike. Topeak Freeload - see link Any suggestions whether either of these ...
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Why don't couriers use rear racks?

I've noticed that lots of courier companies prefer their riders to use messenger bags or backpacks. When a rack does get used its often a porteur rack of the front wheel? Does anyone know why these ...
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difference between rack mounts and fender mounts?

is there a specific way that bike builders build mounts/eyelets for racks for panniers and eyelets that hold fenders? I'm specifically thinking about eyelets on the rear dropouts. I know that if a ...
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Buying rear rack during pandemic crisis - go real bottom, up high, or wait?

As you may know from my other question, I'm putting together a bike to commute. I'm big, heavy, and roads will be paved only first half of the way. I will need to buy a rear rack for my bike. Thanks ...
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Can I put a rack on a carbon road bike?

I got a carbon-framed Kestrel Talon Road Bike recently but I also want to use it for commuting to and from work and I want a place to put my lock and other stuff on the bike. Is it possible to have a ...
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Why do rear pannier racks have a raised “nose”?

I am tempted to saw off the raised "nose" on my unbranded 2nd hand pannier rack because it's forcing me to lift the child seat substantially, which obviously has implications on stability. But I feel ...
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Options for carrying a smart briefcase on a bike (pannier or otherwise)

Situation I don't own a bike: however due to a recent change of office location, I have worked out that I could cycle in half the time as driving through rush-hour traffic every day. I'm therefore ...
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Safest way to carry luggage on my carbon frame?

I'm planning a 5 day trip on my Trek Madone 4.5. We are planning on staying motels so don't need to carry camping equipment. I need to find some type of rack that is compatible with my carbon frame - ...
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Best way to mount a big backpack to rack?

Title says it all. I have a 65L backpack and would like to mount it on bike rack so it's most convenient to ride with and doesn't catch much air friction. Currently I'm doing this (sorry for the bad ...
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What bike (carrying) racks are available for Pop-Up Campers?

I've got a popup (tent) trailer and need to carry 6 bikes. I'd prefer not to put them on the roof of my van (the roof rack is rated to only 100 lbs and it's really high for lifting bikes onto). So ...
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How to carry a large backpack on a bike rack?

My 3 kids ride their bikes to school and carry 20 pound back packs stuffed quite large. They won't fit in any pannier I can find. I've considered hanging them off the side of the pannier with bungies ...
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Rack compatibility

I want to buy a back rack online. How can I be sure that it will fit my bike without testing it first? Is there any standard for racks that I can ask the seller about? What are the chances that I won'...
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How to choose a front rack

I am thinking about getting a front rack for when I am doing some touring. What should I look for when determining if it will fit. Steel or aluminum? Better styles?
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Can you put a kickstand on the righthand side?

Kickstands are always on the left, likely because gears occupy the righthand side. Has anyone had success with installing a kickstand on the right side? After using my left-side pannier routinely ...
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Which pannier racks give the best heel clearance?

I've just bought a new bike (Pinnacle Neon 1 2013) which has a 42cm chainstay. Just to be on the safe side, I was wondering which racks provide more heel clearance than average? I'll only be using it ...
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Can I install a back bike rack without attachment to the rear part of the frame?

Can I install a back bike rack without attachment to the rear part of the frame? Also, if someone can clarify, whenever I google bike rack I get hits on racks designed to carry bikes on a car ...
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Carry road bike inside an SUV

I'm in the process of getting a road bike. I already have a SUV with interior space large enough to carry a road bike. Worst case, I might have to remove the front tire and place it horizontally. Are ...
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What kind of tail lights can I attach to the rear of my rack?

Every taillight I've owned has mounted to the seat post, but when I load my rear rack the seatpost light is no longer visible. Instead, I'd like to mount a light to the rear of my rack, which has a ...
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attaching seatpost acessories to rear of racks?

most night lights are designed to attach to the seatpost. but while carrying a bag on the rear rack that area get's blocked. some manufacturers sell cheap, awful, lights that attach to the rack (...
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Are there fenders designed specifically for bikes with racks?

I have a bike with a rear rack and want to buy a rear fender. Is there any fender that is specifically designed to be used in a combination with a bike rack?
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Locking a vehicle bicycle rack

We are planning a trip with a bike rack attached to our trailer hitch. What is the best way to lock the bikes while the vehicle is unattended? I see some racks have locks on the knobs but they don't ...
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What racks will fit on a Pugsley?

So I have a Surly Pugsley which I love dearly. I want to add a rack to it so that I can do simple "grocery getter" tasks on my way to and from work, but I'm afraid that standard racks will not work ...
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Adapter for a M5 screw for a 6mm hole

I have lost the fixtures required to attach a bike rack. The hole at the bottom of the rack has a diameter of 6 mm. It requires an adapter which sits in that 6 mm hole so that a M5 bolt fits snugly. ...
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Pannier rack for larger diameter seat post

I have recently purchased an old, second-hand folding (or at least collapsable) bike, a Daewoo shuttle to be precise. In order to use it for commuting, I would like to fit a pannier rack onto it. It ...
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What’s a good way to carry a kid’s bike on an otherwise full bakfiets?

I have a Workcycles KR8 bakfiets and the 3yo just got his first pedal bike. We wanted to take him and his bike for a fifteen minute ride to the park where he could ride by himself, but chucking his ...
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When installing a rear rack, should I attach the struts to the frame or the seat post on my small bike?

For context, the bike is a small Giant Liv Alight and the rack is a Transit Rear Rack which carries up to 40 lbs. The distance between the mounting eyelets on the rack and the ones in the frame is ...
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Panniers or rack bags for photography equipment

Currently I am cycling a lot with a backpack (specifically a chrome citizen), whilst the bag is brilliant it's just not big enough for everything I'm carrying, and with a lot of weight in it it hurts. ...
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Safe to mount rear rack for Grail 7.0 al 2020 ( no eyelets )?

The 2020 model of Canyon al 7.0 gravel bike does not come with eyelets: https://www.canyon.com/en-sk/road-bikes/gravel-bikes/grail/grail-al-7.0/2370.html But for longer tours ( for what I would like ...
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Will using a pannier rack mounting kit damage a carbon frame Axiom vs Tubus

I am hoping to buy one of these in the next few weeks: Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert Disc Di2 2014 Road Bike But I will be using it for commuting and need some luggage so I need to fit a pannier ...
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Can a carbon fiber bike have rack eyelets?

With the new generation of gravel bikes, I was curious if any of them are being made with carbon fiber frames and rack eyelets. Are carbon frames capable of bearing the weight of racks installed on ...
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Tapping threads into braze-ons

I have a rather old frame that doesn't have threads on the rear rack braze-ons, and thus requires a nut. This nut makes contact with the chain if the chain is on the outer sprocket, so I'd like to tap ...
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What kind of bike rack can go with this bike?

I'm looking for a bike rack to put on my bike so that I can hookup the baby seat with the bike. However, I don't see anywhere on my bike where I can mount the front bracket arms of the rack to it (...
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Safe child seat attachment

I was told by my bike shop that the bike I have can only mount a child seat at the seatpost. My son is 2 and I need a safe child seat for him. I have been having great difficulty finding one that ...
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Giant rack adapters

I'm looking for replacement inserts to mount a Panner Rack. I'm not sure what the name or part no. is, but I've attached a photo of the parts on the left hand side of the frame. I've lost the pair on ...
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Panniers for a Giant Defy 2.5 (2009)

I was wondering whether anyone had any retrogradations for a lightweight rear pannier rack and a rack bag which would go on my Giant Defy 2.5 (2009). I'm doing a 3 day cycle in a fortnight and will ...
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Luggage carrier for fatbike [closed]

I need a bicycle luggage carrier (rack) for my Scott Big Ed fat bike, but it is not easy to find one that fits. And it looks like it is not possible to add front rack since the bike has front ...
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Tying tether on old luggage rack

I've got a bike with an ultra-old luggage rack which isn't of the kind which has a cheap spring-loaded "clasp" but rather an elastic tether which is permanently attached to the frame at the front and ...
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How do you remember which rack you have left your bike in?

I have more than once had to spend time looking for my bike at the station, what’s your method to remember the rack you put it in? Do any town have a system of numbering or labelling the bike racks ...
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Folding basket - is there such a thing?

I'd like to be able to go to a grocery (or some other) store on my commute from work. I've got a rear rack (b-tween). I know, that I can permanently mount a basket on it, but I'd prefer not to since ...