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    Does anyone use a front rack?

    I mean, probably most of us don't need to carry THAT much into work. but just wondering as I plan to do some touring with my family this summer, and will undoubtedly be the mule. I am looking at the SOMA front rack Mini Front Rack | SOMA Fabrications and some basic front panniers, like from Nashbar or Performance. I won't use these a ton and don't feel like I have to go all Ortlieb on these like the ones I have that I will use several days a week.

    Anyway, any of you use front racks to commute or tour, and do you have experience or recs to share?

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    Front racks are better for carrying weight. The stability is better and there is less chance of frame failure. I use a handlebar bag or a porteur rack for larger items on my commute.

    Try looking for a lowrider front rack. This will keep the weight lower and give a better ride.

    If I have a load on the rear with no weight up front my bike handles like a wet noodle. When you do get the front rack, try commuting with your gear up front. The difference might surprise you.

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    Check this thread for Porteur style racks.

    An early iteration:

    Very stable.

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    did the words "wet noodle" and "front rack" really get used in the same threead?

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