Surly 8-pack rack

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  • 05-11-2016
    CObiker123
    Surly 8-pack rack
    Does anyone know if this can work without the upper braze on eyelets? I want to mount one on my Kona Rove. I have the lower / mid braze ons, but just a center mid crown cantilever (?) hole. Is there an adapter etc? I have been on surly's site and did some searches here to no avail.

    thanks
  • 05-11-2016
    Harold
    Looks like the instructions page makes it pretty clear:

    http://surlybikes.com//uploads/downl...uctions_vf.pdf
  • 05-11-2016
    CObiker123
    Um, yup, missed that "not recommended" part. My bad.

    experience with other front racks of that style? I know Nitto, but pretty spendy.

    thanks all
  • 05-11-2016
    wschruba
    Most porteur racks are expensive, as it is a fairly uncommon piece of kit (same goes for the stuff that fits on them). Nitto is probably the best option, in that case. Check ebay, if you're not in a rush to get it. None of their racks, as far as I know, fit mid-blade [aka lowrider] braze-ons (or most, if not all, porteur racks). You can easily mount them if you have cantilever studs, though, as that is a specific type of mount that is available. Some people are skeezed out by mounting stuff to canti studs, though...but then again, porteur racks generally aren't meant to carry more than 5-6 pounds. If you want more, look into Wald delivery baskets/platforms (pizza rack).
  • 05-11-2016
    rogbie
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    Are you looking for something like this?

    Attachment 1069707

    Attachment 1069708

    I made my own after not finding anything on the market that fit my needs. I use it to hold my sleeping and cooking equipment on overnight excursions. So far no problems. We'll see after this summer where any weak points are.

    I've made them for friends and explored the idea of making them for other people. Just not sure how to navigate potential liability issues other than a handshake deal that's not defendable in court.
  • 05-11-2016
    rogbie
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    Most porteur racks are expensive, as it is a fairly uncommon piece of kit (same goes for the stuff that fits on them). Nitto is probably the best option, in that case. Check ebay, if you're not in a rush to get it. None of their racks, as far as I know, fit mid-blade [aka lowrider] braze-ons (or most, if not all, porteur racks). You can easily mount them if you have cantilever studs, though, as that is a specific type of mount that is available. Some people are skeezed out by mounting stuff to canti studs, though...but then again, porteur racks generally aren't meant to carry more than 5-6 pounds. If you want more, look into Wald delivery baskets/platforms (pizza rack).

    There's CETMA racks as well. They're not cheap, but quality rarely is.

    As for porteur racks carrying capacity, it's well over 5-6 pounds. I've carried at least a magnitude more than that on my homemade porteur. Not that it was any fun riding it home.

    Heck, this bag has at least 30 pounds in it:

    Attachment 1069714

    and this rack is employed with a messenger who carries large loads daily:

    Attachment 1069715

    It now has canti- stays in place of the center mount.
  • 05-12-2016
    CObiker123
    Rogbie, that is exactly what I am looking for. I would like the option of just the rack and bungees, but thinking I would zip tie a Wald medium basket to it from time to time to carry my work bag while commuting, the 12-pack or small grocery shopping on the weekend. I like the more "slick" look rather than what you can find from Blackburn etc. I'll be a guinea pig if the price is right and you want to try out another.
  • 05-13-2016
    rodar y rodar
    Awesome, Rogbie! Good job :thumbsup:
    Is it stainless, or just has not yet rusted?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CObiker123 View Post
    I like the more "slick" look rather than what you can find from Blackburn etc.

    COb, I was going to mention that some riders have been known to mount light-ish rear platform racks backwards in front. Maybe that`s what you meant with your comment above about wanting something slicker than Blackburn? If not, that might be your ticket assuming you have tapped holes on your dropouts for fender stays.

    EDIT: Maybe the best thing about making your own custom rack is that being for only one bike it needs no adjustability, so no bending slotted sheet metal straps, no telescoping doohickeys with big clamps. No way any one-size-fits-all can come out as clean.
  • 05-13-2016
    CObiker123
    I actually have a rear rack that came with a bundle of craigslist parts, I will see how that lines up in front. By slickish, I mean like the Nitto's or Surlys. Stainless, round tube, somewhat minimal design. I may just have to bite the bullet and pay for what I want.
    thanks all
  • 05-16-2016
    rogbie
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Awesome, Rogbie! Good job :thumbsup:
    Is it stainless, or just has not yet rusted?

    EDIT: Maybe the best thing about making your own custom rack is that being for only one bike it needs no adjustability, so no bending slotted sheet metal straps, no telescoping doohickeys with big clamps. No way any one-size-fits-all can come out as clean.

    I use stainless brake/fuel line tubing. It's 304L stainless, in the words on a Canadian: "Sort of stainless." Meaning, it will patina but not rust.

    The best aspect of a custom rack is the ability to carry more weight with less material. Anywhere a rack has a clamp or moving part there is a loss of strength and addition of weight.
  • 05-16-2016
    jetta_mike
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  • 05-17-2016
    Boomchakabowwow
    i got my Nitto M21(?) on amazon for about $65 bucks. it mounts on lower brakes and the hole in fork. will that work?
  • 05-17-2016
    Boomchakabowwow



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  • 08-08-2016
    manida
    Check out he SunLite Gold Tec front rack. <$13 and works great.