Best Rear Rack

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by bohunker, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. bohunker

    bohunker Guest

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    I'm looking for a rear rack for my mountain bike to treckking bike transformation.
    What do I need to look for in a heavy duty rack?
    Saw one on e-bay for $19.00 that is rated 55lbs.

    What are your opinions?
     
  2. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    What do you drive?
     

  3. bohunker

    bohunker Guest

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    I drive a Jeep Cherokee and a Chrysler Town and Country.
    But I'm looking for a rear rack for my Mt. Bike to trekking bike transformation. It's a trek 820 hard tail. Something that is heavy duty, since I'm making square 5 gal bucket panniers.
     
  4. Grape Ape

    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    Any bike rack should do the job. The 55lbs limit is a lot of bike or 2 bikes. Totally outfitted your bike may weigh much more but to carry a loaded bike on the rack is not feasible, panniers are carried in the vehicle then loaded on the bike before you start riding. So any rack designed to carry a bike or 2 on your vehicles will do just fine.
     
  5. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Is that for dancing?
     
  6. bohunker

    bohunker Guest

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    I'm laughing tonight. I don't think I was clear enough in my past two post.
    I'm looking for a rack to fit on my bike to hold panniers. Not a rack to find on my car to carry my bike.
    Sorry
     
  7. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    I have a Cherokee and I just use the top rack. I wouldn't want to put a back rack on either.
     
  8. RoyEveritt

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    I have a Blackburn rack on my mountain bike. I think it's almost indestructable, but if you're carrying so much your rack might break, other parts will probably let go too!

    (Like your knees, your lungs, your rear hub...)

    So if you can manage the weight, any sturdy rack should be up to it. 55 pounds is quite a lot (that's about a third of my body weight, which I wouldn't want to hang on the back of my bike).
     
  9. RoyEveritt

    RoyEveritt Brit

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    I think you got away with it ;)

    I've had a look online and an equivalent rack over here (England) would cost $30 to $50, if that's any help.
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2009
  10. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    Are we not allowed to post links to eBay?
     
  11. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    Links to ebay are fine for established members.
     
  12. bohunker

    bohunker Guest

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    Maybe I should ask the question another way.
    What rear rack for your bike (the rack that is above your rear tire) would you recommend to someone who wants to get into touring?
    Thanks,
     
  13. bohunker

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    Went with the Bontrager rear rack II.
    Saw one in a bike store and like the looks.