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    Surly Front rack mounts to Moonlander fork - no modifications

    Is there a problem with this set up or am I the genius Momma always said I'd be? The bike is a Neck Romancer (Pugsley frame with a Moonlander fork) and the racks (both front and rear) were installed without any modifications and with the stock hardware provided.
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    Mom always said you were "special"

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    Most of the front rack is wasted with that setup. It looks like it could be mounted lower and your bag moved up a notch.

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    Might be good for delivering pizzas, if you could keep from snitching a piece on the way.

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    Upper mount on the midblade, lower mount on the... uh... lower mount?

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    Get back to licking windows.........

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    ughhhhh......

    Move the front rack down and LEVEL out the rear rack.... looks horrible the way it is now IMO...

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    Genius? I think maybe your momma dropped you once or twice though.....
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    Could be an Ice Cream Mooncream delivery man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryJerry View Post
    Upper mount on the midblade, lower mount on the... uh... lower mount?
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to go with Jerry on this one.

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    I made this post for two reasons:

    1) People with Moonlander forks were looking for rack [B][I]solutions[I][B];

    2) From Surly's own website: Front racks are a whole other thing, and while it is possible to make many racks work, all require some sort of modification. What kinds of modifications, you ask? Google "front racks on Moonlander/Pugsleys" and see what turns up. The bottom line is that at this time the only 'unpack and mount' Moonlander/Pugsley front racks are custom made. .

    To a couple of you who suggested I mount the fork lower: DUH. If I could I would.

    To those of you who didn't like that the rear rack wasn't level: I stated that this is how the racks can be set up [B]without[B] modifications. I've attached an image below to show you what happens when you level the rack - the seat stay struts stick up above the level of the rack and would have to be modified if it is a level rack you seek.

    I know that the front rack mounted this way is atypical, but I think the image below shows what thinking a little outside the box can accomplish; that is a 20 L dry bag in there, by the way.
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    hacksaw or pipe cutter will solve your rear rack issue. Use vacuum line caps to seal the ends.

    I don't consider trimming or slightly bending a rack "modifications"

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    Use vacuum line caps to seal the ends.
    Thanks! Good tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastman115 View Post
    To a couple of you who suggested I mount the fork lower: DUH. If I could I would.
    As Jerry pointed out, the lower attachment points on the rack usually fit the lower braze-on, and the middle points fit the middle braze-on. If that didn't work on this fork, I'd be interested to know what the problem was.

    Also, it sure looks like the center of gravity gets pretty high on that front wheel. My experience has generally been that putting the front wheel load down near the axle does wonders for the bike's handling, where putting the load up high can have the opposite effect. How does your bike handle with the rack up high?

    Talking about those things might make this whole thread start to be worthwhile.

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    Sorry, but who uses panniers anyway?

    Edit: not my bike!

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    I mounted a Surly rear rack on my Pugs, it'll fit on my Moonlander too, I just don't need a front rack on the Moonlander so I'm not going to move everything around. The Surly front rack doesn't look like it really will be a good solution, IMO....

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    If you aren't too keen on chopping the rear rack struts, install the mounting barrels on the sides of the rack (most forward uprights). I ran 2 rear nice racks on my pugsley for years that way.

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    What Kev-Bot is talking about is in the following picture. It works great.

    Well, it isn't in the following picture because I'm new on here and I don't have 10 posts. I'll be back because it is hard to find good pictures of what to do with these racks.

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    Okay, here it is. I'm not sure why anyone would mount them any other way.


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    The same is true for the front rack.


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    Does the front rack foul the head tube?

    I know past reports suggest it needs bent forward?
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    saltyman, I'm not sure why people have suggested bending the rack. As you can see here, it's fine. It doesn't need to clear the head tube by much if it's mounted securely to the forks. One problem I've seen with everyone that I have seen that has suggested bending is that they used the mounting hardware as shown in the first photos. Attaching the brackets to the side of the rack assures that it is not able to move foreward or backward.


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    That is one of those completely "why didn't I think of that" solutions. Thanks so much for posting these photos!

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    I thought it was madness seeing a few moonlanders with the surly rear rack on the front with bends in the piece near the head tube.

    Do they really weigh 3.7lb each?
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    any pics of the surly rear racks and there fixing points too.....keen to know what they look like end on too!
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