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On the topeak full racks I've had, the light bracket isn't structural, as it only attaches at the top. I don't know the explorer though, only the super tourist. If i really wanted to get rid of it I'd use a junior hacksaw to cut it off as cleanly as possible, maybe assembling the blade into the handle while threading it through the rack. Then I'd finish with ...


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It is a tight fit because the plastic sled under the bag will wear down over time and become sloppy-fit. Design minimises that by starting with as much "meat" in the track as possible. On mine, I sprayed "Dry glide" teflon lube on the metal, and trimmed the very corner of the plastic track with a deburring tool. Could use a file or ...


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It is useless to mount any of the rear lights we own and is ugly. Why won't you buy a rear light or reflector that can be attached there? A reflector costs couple of $CURRENCY_UNIT (dollars, pounds, euros, whatever). Cutting off the bracket in a manner that looks clean will take 15 minutes or even half an hour, and still you're uncertain whether the result ...


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Sure you can cut it off after all you bought it. Personally, I would keep it as you never know down the road if you want to mount something on there and it is not all that ugly. For example what if you want to buy a rear facing bike rader (e.g. Garmin Varia) that has really poor factory mounting hardware. For me it took almost a week of periodically thinking ...


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For those that ended up at this post trying to work out how to attach a rack to a giant fastroad, try taking the adaptor that comes attached into the frame and flipping it over so the bolts face out. Took me a stupid amount of time to work out that what they were for.


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