Bicycle Racks

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by 2Dogs2, May 15, 2011.

  1. 2Dogs2

    2Dogs2 New Member

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    I'm sure this has been asked many times, but I just purchased my first carbon fiber frame and have the old style rack that clamps
    the top tube. After doing some reading tube clamps are the recommended for carbon fiber.

    What type of bicycle racks do you use and / are recommended for the hitch style mount ?

    TIA ..

    PC
     
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  2. vspa

    vspa Active Member

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    you could add a piece of cloth in between the frame and the rack clamp, and don't overtight the clamp,
     
  3. sitzmark

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    I initially used a length of foam pipe insulation to slide over my top tube (and under brake cable) before setting into the hang bracket. Key is to not stress the top tube with too much compression, but also don't leave it loose to bounce up and down concentrating travel forces on a small area.

    Many people use "hang and dangle" racks for carbon framed bikes without any long term problems - others cringe at even the thought. Kinda something that depends on your "comfort zone" and risk tolerance.

    I was due for a new rack anyway, so I quickly switched to a "platform" hitch rack - Yakima HoldUp - that works by wheel grab with no frame contact. Thule, Saris, Kuat, 1UpUSA, and others have similar product offerings if you are interested. Has been a great rack and takes only seconds to load/unload.
     
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