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Didn't see a thread for front racks so I made one. I bought a new front rack and bag from Bikenashbar for the commuter bike. I haven't loaded it up and tried it yet but the fit and finish are good. The zippers are somewhat waterproofed and it seems solid. There's enough room for lunch, tools and tubes, cell phone and just about everything else you'd need for a long day or for commuting. The rack was $13 and the bag is $29.99.





 

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I find myself using my road bike less and less (since I took the rear rack off).
I guess I need to take it for a spin tomorrow just to see if I still like it.
All the other bikes have racks of some form or another.
The Nashbar front racks (I ordered two more since I found the first one so useful) have arrived and I'll be putting them on 2 of my other bikes.
 

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I sold my road bike and really prefer the commuters and touring bikes much more. Sadly my Trek is in indefinite dry dock due to a had crash I took when my chain snapped under hard, standing acceleration. The front wheel is destroyed and I think the rear derailleur may be dead as well. S.O.B!

Oh well, now I can spend hours dreaming of how I will rebuild her. I'm thinking I may switch to an 8-speed internal hub.
 

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wish they made a front rack for the ones without v brakes...
 

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wish they made a front rack for the ones without v brakes...
That rack is shown on a bike with center pull cantilever brakes. A bike doesn't have to have v-brakes in order to hold a front rack. Other good front racks are at:

Old Man Mountain and TheTouringStore

But they cost considerably more than $13.
 

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I got this sweet Axiom front rack that matches my rear rack. I can't get my front bag to fit though so it's collecting dust.

 

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ok what about my schwinn collegiante?? wamt to add a front rack to it...?
 

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well, got lucky and a friend gave me a era correct front rack...so im pretty happy:cool:
 

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Cool thread. I found a Sunlite front rack for about $10, that looks like the one in #1 post. I like it. It's pretty strong. I don't like the way the bike feels with a bunch of weight in the front though. I haven't bought any bags for it because it doesn't have loops to keep stuff out of the wheels. It was mostly for looks, really. I am still happy with the rack, because it works somewhat like a fender, and gives a place to bolt a small lunch cooler or lantern flashlight. Car drivers seem to yield more since the installation of it, so perhaps they think it is a moped (it is now a motor assisted bicycle).

There is a sterilite bin which is small and will fit on the rack if you want to drill and bolt it on, but they are kind of fragile. It might work for a cheap tacklebox or lunch box, or to hold a pair of gloves, and small things.
 

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This looks pretty deluxe! I really like this style (mounts to the forks, but not the brake bosses)
Axiom Low-Rider touring rack, $26
http://www.bicyclewarehouse.com/images/library/large/axiom_171274_12_z.jpg

http://www.bicyclewarehouse.com/product/axiom-journey-dlx-lowrider-front-rack-49588-1.htm


Here is a $20 kit that bolts clamps onto the fork blades, to recieve the v-brake style front racks. Make sure your fork can take the weight. Flexy racing forks might not be a good choice.

http://www.bikebagshop.com/tubus-mid-fork-eyelets-for-tara-and-ergo-p-1031.html



wish they made a front rack for the ones without v brakes...
 
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