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    Civia Market basket on my Kogswell P/R

    I have a Kogswell P/R (front load biased 650b wheeled bike) that I use for commuting to work and 'round towning. I recently installed a Civia Market Basket on it with pretty good results.

    It took a fair bit of fiddling to make it happen—the basket is designed mainly to fit a specific Civia bike. I had to flip and bend the center/fork-through crown brace to give clearance for my V-brakes and to prevent the brace from contacting the lower bearing cup of my headset. I also used some conventional rack struts, cut, drilled and straightened to connect the brazeons on the bottom back corners of the basket to my bike's fork crown braze-ons. I'm pretty pleased with the increase in carrying capacity!

    Here's a catalog shot of the basket on a Civia bike--note the curved rod that goes behind the fork crown and connects to the anti-wheel flop spring--I pitched that bit and instead used the brazeons to connect to my fork's crown brazeons.

    http://www.civiacycles.com/components/market_rack/



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    I was running narrowish, lowish drop bars on this bike before, but one test ride with the basket up front was enough to make me want something wider and higher! The bike dove into turns horribly, and felt pretty nos heavy. With some Mustache bars, mounted a bit higher and closer, it’s feels great: Balanced, stable and comfortable.

    I want to figure out a way to mount a headlight on the front of the basket but it’s otherwise good to go…

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one that pitched the curved bar at the back of the rack and relied on a 'modified' bracket in its stead. I couldn't get a decent angle on the rack (level) with the curved piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawfarm
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that pitched the curved bar at the back of the rack and relied on a 'modified' bracket in its stead. I couldn't get a decent angle on the rack (level) with the curved piece.
    Yah, without the spring mount it doesn't really serve any function that can't be accomplished by more conventional hardware.

    I feel like the bike is finally realizing it's full potential!


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    It would be nice, though, to have the spring on there. When I load up my Dummy's front rack, it does have a tendency to let the front tire flop over...

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    Nice adaptation. +1 on bar width height to control a Porteur style rack load better. Found that adding front paniers hanging from my DIY rack and moving heavy items like milk and water lower made a huge difference to handling (lower C of G). YMMV, My DIY spring helps flop over, but I have a Velo Ornage one on my wish list when I next order from there.

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