I am looking for a rear rack for my Salsa Casseroll for long day rides. I would like the rack to have the following:
1- Have a solid center on the platform. I don't want to go with fenders, but I have found that a rear rack with a solid platform (at least down the center) works pretty well at keeping the occasional mud puddle off my @ss. I have not ruled out putting a platform on a rack without one, so I can possible work around this.
2- SIZING: The rack cannot extend more than 6" forward (measured horizontally) of where it mounts to the rack eyelets on the bike. Otherwise it will interfere with the bottle cage behind the seatpost. I would also like it to extend a bit in the back in order to perform it's fender function best.
3- I want it in silver (this is the really hard one). Polished-looking silver, not painted or matte finish. The bike is built up in almost all polished aluminum and stainless steel (brakes, stem, spacers, seatpost, cranks, bottle cages, etc) and if I am going to drop money on a new rack I'd like it to match if possible. The problem I am running into here is that it is very hard to tell what type of "silver" rack I see online are, and my LBS has none of these in stock.
I have a Topeak Explorer rack on my commuter than I have test fitted, and I basically like it.
Solid center, I like the track system, and it extends a ways back to do a good job as a fender. However, I am not crazy about the way the black looks, and it seems a bit bulkier and heavier than what I need for long day trips (I won't be doing grocery trips with this).
I like the look, size, and light weight of the stainless steel Velo Orange rack:
...but it it does not have a solid center, and does not extend far enough back to work well as a fender even made a solid platform for it. I am thinking of ways around this.
I see lots of racks online that look like they may fit the bill, but it is really hard to tell what kind or "silver" they are, and dimensions are often not given. I was interested in the Planet Bike Eco-rack, but I found out it is a matte silver. Same with the Delta Ultra rack (plus I think that extends too far forwards)
So, any suggestions of a rack that fits the bill would be appreciated. Thanks.
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