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Which front pannier rack?

Postby Super.Niki » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:45 pm

Hi all

A bit new here so please bear with me if this has been asked before I did try searching..!

I'm looking to buy a fornt pannier rack for my bike as a group of riends and I are planning to do an unsupported+camping LEJOG next year. I've looked at some however they don't seem compatible with my front fork but I've never used themb efore so very much in the dark about different types or anything.

I've got a Raleigh Voyager 2 and the fornt fork has one eyelet at the bottom but none up the fork (as it seems other bikes do to?!) I've added a couple of pictures (I hope it's worked) to illustrate what I mean.

Another one of my gorup also has the same sort of fornt fork and wants to use fornt panniers!

Any advice owuld be greatly appreciated but we are on a budget!

Thanks

Nicole
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby Deckie » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:06 pm

That looks very much to me like a mud guard eye.

You are right to think that there would be two pannier eyes either side, that is exactly what we have on our Dawes Galaxy Twin. Although we have removed the racks as we now use a trailer...
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby travelling » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:09 am

http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/Rac ... Racks.html

these use the wheel spindle and the brake boss and are generally known to be an excellent make

the low rider keeps the weight low centre of gravity but if you plan to go off road with panniers than perhaps the cold spring is a better rack as it holds the panniers higher or the sherpa which is still higher but is slightly smaller and carries 10lbs less
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby julk » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:28 am

Tubus make a range of well respected front racks most of which can be attached by Tubus clamps at mid fork or brake bosses for forks like yours.

Scroll down this page for the Tubus fork clamps.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby Super.Niki » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:30 pm

Thanks for the advice I'll have a look at them and hopefully find somethign that will work! I don't plan to carry too much on the fornt (I've mostly got all of my gear in the back panniers) but I'd like to be able to balance out the weigh and have a bit of space for extras (like food).

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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby AndyB » Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:54 pm

The Carradice Limpet system should work well. There are more pictures here.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby Si » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:06 pm

I'd rather go for P-clips and clamps than limpets - I had some but they were such a pain to get on and off that I gave up on them, plus the bags weren't that big either.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby AndyB » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:22 pm

Fair enough. In which case, I'd second julk's suggestion for Tubus - I'm happy with mine.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby bikepacker » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:41 pm

Somewhere in my workshop I have a set of Tubus fixing for a fork without a boss. I got it to use on an Airnimal but got the fork fitted with rivet-nuts instead. If you are interested let me know and I will sort them out.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby Steve » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:20 pm

It might be easier to get slightly larger rear panniers, or really cut down what you're planning to take - as you're to be part of a group could you share more things between you? A new front rack & panniers will mean not only a lot of effort in preparation but is also an invitation to take more (unnecessary?) gear.... (I speak from personal experience!)
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby pq » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:29 pm

I'm a big fan of Tubus racks - they are truly excellent. However, they are expensive, and much of what you're paying for is how long they'll last. If you think you'll only use them for one trip, I'd get something cheaper. Tubus is only worth the money if you'll be getting lot of use out of them.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby pq » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:31 pm

Oh yes, and I'll second the comments above about cutting down on your luggage. I went on a 4 day camping trip with a friend last summer and we only had 3 panniers between us - and we had everything we needed. When I'm camping alone I tend to take fronts and rears, but in company you can share enough stuff that you can manage without the fronts.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby PH » Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:30 pm

Another option is a Nitto front rack, which fixes to the brake mounts and fork crown. These provide a platform to attach stuff to rather than hang panniers. Something smallish but heavy, like the tent, would fit well and balance things up a bit.
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Re: Which front pannier rack?

Postby Super.Niki » Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:41 pm

Thanks for all of the suggestions they've been really helpful :)

I think I'll wait until we've had a few meetups to decide whether or not to get one. I cna fit most of the gear I want to take with me in my rear panniers (i've got a very old version oaf the Avenier tripple panniers my dad got from Argos years ago, planning to waterproof them then shove gear in in plastic bags!) and may still be able to share some gear out between the group. I'm used to pakcing fairly light (plus a few creature comforts... I am a girlie afterall!!) for camping but not usually for 2 weeks' camping! argh!

Thanks for your help, I'll look into getting them in a few months' time :)

Thanks again

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