Re: [CR]Recommendations for racks and panniers

Example: Framebuilding

Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 20:45:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Fred Rednor <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Recommendations for racks and panniers
In-Reply-To: <>

Jerry, The Tubus racks are wonderful, but expensive. Many sturdy-but-inexpensive racks actually are drilled for a flat, centrally mounted strut, but do not include such a strut as part of their normal packaging. Por exemplo: Fortunately, this hardware is available for a mere $5 to $7:

If you want something more classic in appearance, here's the bend-it-youself strut that is available from Velo-Orange:

If that is too short, I'll give away this secret. Velo-Orange is located in Annapolis, Maryland - on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay - and therefore they have easy access to many purveyors of hardware meant for marine usage. It happens that the Velo-Orange strut is actually a sailboat's "tang" (whatever that is):

Should you need a longer, or thicker tang, check out West Marine. As you might imagine, you can also buy some strap metal at the hardware store, to fabricate one of these things yourself.

BTW, I still have to check, but I think I bought the little stainless steel washers - that I used with the TA dome headed bolts - at West Marine.
      Anchors away!
      Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)

--- On Tue, 6/17/08, Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:

> From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>

\r?\n> Subject: [CR]Recommendations for racks and panniers

\r?\n> To:

\r?\n> Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:33 PM

\r?\n> I'm looking to set up a couple of bikes for commuting,

\r?\n> including a Schwinn World Voyageur and a Schwinn Sports

\r?\n> Tourer. I live only about two miles from work, and this

\r?\n> town is only about 25,000, so I feel I really should be

\r?\n> using a bike for around town transportation, not just rides

\r?\n> on the weekend. As I mentioned a week or two ago, I'm

\r?\n> looking for rear racks which can be mounted to the brake

\r?\n> center bolt, so I don't have to clamp anything to the

\r?\n> stays. I did obtain a Blackburn of this tyep from a list

\r?\n> member, but I'm still interested if any of the high

\r?\n> quality chromed steel or stainless racks like Nitto, Tubus

\r?\n> or Berthoud can be mounted to the brake bolt.


\r?\n> Also, for commuting I need to carry a medium size laptop

\r?\n> and a briefcase, although the briefcase might be optional.

\r?\n> What size panniers, in litres, should I look for?


\r?\n> Finally, what are the best sources for high quality rear

\r?\n> racks and paniers? I know VeloOrange, Wallingford and

\r?\n> Rivendell. Anyone else specialize in this type of gear?


\r?\n> Regards,


\r?\n> Jerry moos

\r?\n> Big Spring, Texas, USA