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Front or rear? Not looking to start randonneuring or anything, so I don't need both. I feel like more people have a front rack instead of a rear, but that seems less...safe. Front loading the weight seems like it would affect handling and steering a lot more than a rear. What set-up do you all use?
   
March 9, 2018 02:31 AM
stalag13
From: City of Lost Children
142 posts
7 bikes
cetma or dieee. In all seriousness I prefer a backpack but if I need to use a rack, I use a front velo orange front rack with a basket zip tied on. Unless you're carrying a bunch of stuff its not too bad on handling.
   
March 9, 2018 03:19 AM
melac1
From: Oakland, CA
237 posts
20 bikes
pass & stow, cetma halfrack, velo orange porteur, soma demi-porteur, surly 24 pack

in that order
   
March 9, 2018 05:25 AM
moose
From: southern california
475 posts
6 bikes
+1 for VO front rack + Wald Basket zip-tied to it, that's been my setup on my Work for a year now, best decision i ever made. fuck sweaty ass back-pack bs.
   
March 9, 2018 03:56 PM
pwebb88
From: Bizzzerkeley, CA
505 posts
15 bikes
Any particular reason you all went with a front over a rear? I worry about hills at speed with a front rack...
   
March 9, 2018 07:05 PM
stalag13
From: City of Lost Children
142 posts
7 bikes
lane from cetma says this and i'm inclined to agree
   
March 10, 2018 04:33 AM
moose
From: southern california
475 posts
6 bikes
Of course he does, because he wants to sell front racks.

Based on my experience I agree that having weight over the front wheel does feel more stable but #1, 2 & 3 of what he says is over-exaggerated jibber jabber, while #4 is just common sense.
   
March 10, 2018 04:55 AM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
3 bikes
ehh #1 is pertinent too, particularly with heavy cargo

what sort of weight are you hauling?
   
March 26, 2018 04:34 AM
ayyyyy
From: LA, CA
54 posts
15 bikes
Nothing much, beer, groceries, fire wood. Might become a commuter rack, so maybe a bag with laptop/books/keys/sketchbook/clothes/etc inside. More situation and daily usage than anything else.
   
March 26, 2018 08:57 PM
stalag13
From: City of Lost Children
142 posts
7 bikes
panniers and a conventional rack, either front or rear, are going to be more economical for that type of load
   
March 30, 2018 01:10 AM
ayyyyy
From: LA, CA
54 posts
15 bikes
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