This summer I’m planning to ride from Chicago to New Orleans on a self supported solo tour. Needless to say, I’ll be loading my bike down pretty heavily. I’ve been looking at front racks to take a pair of paniers and a load on the platform. Here’s what I’ve got so far.
Surly Nice Rack.
I’m not sure how that thing will even attach to my crosscheck fork.
Jandd Extreme looks nice.
This Delta is interesting (obviously, I don’t have a suspention fork)
the nice rack attaches at the midfork braze-ons and the fender braze-ons, i believe. they’re all sliding, so you can adjust it, or whatever. people seem to like the jandd.
i was just at harris cyclery the other day talking about front racks, since mine doesn’t have any midfork braze-ons, and what you can do is get the nitto (you can use the provided p-clips or just use the braze-ons), and attach a wald basket to it, which is what i plan on doing. it should be fine depending on how long you’re going out. (there’s a picture on the rivendell site if you look at the page for their atlantis.)
did that make sense?
edit: i didn’t read the op very carefully, so. but yeah, that’s what i’ve basically what i know. how do panniers attach to the nitto?
Many touring frames I see have braze-ons for extra spokes. How do these guys with 36 count wheels and (presumably) such a conservative riding style on tour end up breaking spokes so much? Is the added weight really that tough on the wheels?
he is hyper informative about touring setups and might have a kit of p-clips etc to mount a lowrider rack
i just bought a tubus duo from him and the thing is fuckin sweet[/quote]
true. also i might recommend getting a front and rear rack with the same tubing diameter, if you are interested in getting panniers for front and back from the same manufacturer. also, while the surly adspeak will try to convince you the merits of a steel rack - they are heavy. unless you plan on touring through patagonia or some such in back of beyond place i’d recommend an aluminum rack. if you do prefer the surly however, the mounting hardware does include p-clamps/provisions for mounting to a fork not equipped with low-rider braze-ons. good luck!