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Rack on frame without space for bolts
#1
Hi,

My bicycle just got stolen, a bummer. It was a MTB that also allowed for traveling, as it had two spots on the frame, where i could bolt the rack to the frame, near the seatpost and two close to the hub to bolt the rack on the bottom.

Now i'm looking at MTB's that could replace my bicycle, but i see that most frames don't have this facilities to bolt the rack on. Is there any other solution to put a rack on a frame that doesn't have these spots?
anyone any idea?

I use a tubus rear rack if that can help, so the racks for the seatpost as made by some companies are no help, i make long treks and need to carry a lot of luggage.

thanks

sten
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#2
Tubus do an "axle" mounting kit and seatstay kit.:

http://www.tubus.com/en/spares-and-accessories

http://www.tubus.com/images/stories/articleimage/download/montageschellenset.pdf

I think other manufacturers do similar?
[font=Trebuchet MS]Ride hard or ride home alone![/font]
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#3
It's not as strong as bolting to the frame or to the axle, but you can get little clamps that go around the stays for the top and bottom mounting points.
http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Cycle-Stay-Mount-Clamps/dp/B000WYCJHQ
Most bike shops should have a pile of these lying around.
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#4
Another option to attach the front of your rack to the back of the seat post would be something like this

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=401491

Dan
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#5
Hi!

Thanks a lot for the reply, also the others. I think the clamps to attach the rack to the frame at the seat post, are a good option.

However, the main problem is to attach the rack near the hub. As i said, i do carry a lot of weight and the tubus system only allows for 25 kg. Moreover, it just worries me that it might cause me troubles when carrying 25kgs, over bad roads....

so, i guess I must look for MTB's that have the eyelets in the frame.... It's amazing how few high quality MTBs have those. I guess i better continue my search by going to the largest shop i can find and then look at each MTB to see which one has this facility.

If any of you have a suggestion which brand has this, it would be most welcome information for me!

thanks again

sten


(05-07-2010, 03:46 PM)cyclerUK Wrote:  Tubus do an "axle" mounting kit and seatstay kit.:

http://www.tubus.com/en/spares-and-accessories

http://www.tubus.com/images/stories/articleimage/download/montageschellenset.pdf

I think other manufacturers do similar?
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#6
Well, you will not find eyelets for racks nor fenders on most MTBs (nor many road bikes if it comes to that). Those bikes are meant as sports equipment... You are looking for something more like a tourer bike I think. Still: good luck.
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#7
http://www.raleigh.co.uk/b_details.aspx?brand=8&id=361&pt=18
this any good?
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#8
Looks decent except for the dumb spoke pattern which serves looks over strength. But you're definitely looking at a more appropriate type of bike now.
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#9
(05-12-2010, 09:01 PM)DaveM Wrote:  Looks decent except for the dumb spoke pattern which serves looks over strength. But you're definitely looking at a more appropriate type of bike now.

Why would anyone want a spoke pattern like that ??
Still 36 spokes so no weight saving and more chance of a buckle.
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#10
Yeah, I know, but i used to have a wonderful cross country mountain bike that had the eyelets. the producer of the frame was a small italian, Milan based atelier called Tesag. the bike doubled both as MTB and Touring bike. It was particularly helpful when touring in West africa, where loose sand makes the narrow tires of a touring bike (which i also have) less useful.

so, i'm looking for Mid range MTB frames (high range have all complicated crap such as carbon etc) which are strong enough to carry loads, and at the mean time still allow for cross country MTB. I was all set until they stole the bike.




(05-12-2010, 01:55 PM)Joe_W Wrote:  Well, you will not find eyelets for racks nor fenders on most MTBs (nor many road bikes if it comes to that). Those bikes are meant as sports equipment... You are looking for something more like a tourer bike I think. Still: good luck.
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#11
Hello I noticed you said you were in west africa. I am wandering what is the scenery like? Sand is sand lol but I just wandered.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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