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    Help with bike rack and big feet?

    Folks,

    I am looking for a bike rack to carry Ortlieb Backroller Panniers on my Jack the Snake Cyclocross bike. I wondering about heel clearance with size 12 shoes. I live in the US and I heard that Axiom Journey racks were good but I can't seem to find them in stock. Any thought on a rack under $50.00 that will work? I have brazeons on the seat stays.

    Thanks,

    Ken

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    Don't get a cheap rack. Just get a good one. It just isn't worth it. Tubus Cargo or LOCC and the Surly Nice Racks are the way to go. Solid, reliable, steel, fixable. They'll last you a long time and the resale is great. Cheap racks have lower weight capacity, flex more, and will likely break. A broken rack isn't worth anything.

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    Try to get a rack that puts your panniers as far back as possible by itself, but if you need a little more room there are a few slick pieces of hardware that can help. Here`s a good collection of interresting rack mounting stuff:
    http://www.thetouringstore.com/TUBUS...ONS%20PAGE.htm
    The first item is for big feet/short bikes. You could even make one yourself pretty easily from a piece of 1/8 to 3/16 plate with not much more than a hacksaw, drill and a tap.

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    I mounted this Axiom Odyssey disc rack as far back as I could and went with slightly smaller panniers. These Topeak Pannier Dry Bags still hold an awful lot and offer me heel clearance. If they were any bigger they would definitely hit the heels of my size 13 shoes...
    disclaimer: I sell and repair bicycles

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    Axiom gives you good clearance. I had the same problem with my last rack until this one. This is the one I have...

    http://www.axiomgear.com/product/rac...uct.php?id=144
    [SIZE="2"][SIZE="3"]Eat to Live[/SIZE][/SIZE]...[SIZE="3"]not the other way around[/SIZE]

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    Old Man Mountain

    http://www.oldmanmountain.com/Pages/...RearRacks.html

    I use the Cold Springs rack, and I think even Francenstein's monster would have enough foot clearance!

    Not cheap - but going cheap on a rack is just not worth it.

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    http://www.axiomgear.com/product/rac...uct.php?id=139

    I'd like to add that I also use the axiom rear racks (http://www.axiomgear.com/product/rac...uct.php?id=139 to be exact). Disc brake compatible, and lots of rear clearance. Also, really good construction on these racks. They are very well built and strong.

    I don't have the same foot size as you (US 9.5 shoe here). But, with the rear pannier set far back, I have at least a few inches of room between my heel and the bag. I use fairly large, 42 Litre bags (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryrn_139989)

    and haven't had a problem.

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