Do Skewer Mount Racks Eliminate Frame Stress?


New Member
Mar 17, 2005
It seems that the skewer mounted racks like the Old Man Mountain Sherpas put nearly all of the stresses due to a loaded rack directly onto the wheel rather than the bike frame. In my case I've attached the upper rack mount points using over-sized rubber hose clamps so there is very little force transmitted to those under any conditions.

You still need strong wheels of course but it seems like a lightweight frame that's not made to endure fully loaded touring stresses would do just fine with a rack like this. I've never seen this recommended so it makes me think I'm missing something.

Anyone give this some thoughts or try it out?


Well-Known Member
Sep 16, 2003
A frame flimsy enough to actually need that kind of pampering - as opposed to simply being an easy way around there not being any eyelets - is likely to be too flexible to behave well with a rack mounted regardless of how it is attached.