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Old 05-16-19, 09:24 AM
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front rando rack on an S&S bike

google isn't helping me much. Anyone have a bike like this?
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Old 05-16-19, 09:56 AM
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Got the bike, haven't put a rack on it. If that were a significant part of my plans, I'd give the builder the rack and ask him to build the fork for the rack. You're going to have to mount/unmount the rack every time you unpack/pack the bike to get the fork into the case. There's probably enough room in the corner of the case to fit a small rack while packing without much problem.
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Old 05-16-19, 09:59 AM
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I assume you mean a small platform rack that sits above the front wheel, mounted either to mid-fork low rider rack mounts or mounted on canti brake posts. Plus mounted on the fork crown.

I do not have such a rack fitted to my S&S bike.

But since such a rack would be fitted to the fork and not the frame, if you got an S&S bike that had a fork that could not take such a rack you could try to find another fork with comparable rake and comparable axle to crown length so you could fit such a rack to it. If your frame is a really tall size, steerer tube length could be an issue too, but that is unlikely.

I assume you would be talking about a fork like this. But as I noted, the dimensions would have to be similar to your old fork to make sure the handling is not impaired.
https://www.treefortbikes.com/Soma-F...oss-Fork-Canti
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Old 05-16-19, 12:17 PM
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I was just curious how people did this with a traditional rando front rack. I am going to make something like a Rene Herse CP 1 https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...erpull-brakes/
With a mount for a light.

to be more specific about my bike, I just made the fork and I am trying to decide how to make the rack. The thing I was thinking was to make the struts removable, so I could pivot them back. I suppose many of the Nitto racks are like this since they need to be adjustable.

Attachment points on the fork are not an issue.
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Not sure what type of brakes you have. This is what one looks like for the canti brake posts and single threaded rod for fork crown.
https://www.amazon.com/Velo-Orange-P.../dp/B004JKIA5E

Good luck.
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Old 05-16-19, 06:32 PM
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I was looking for first hand experience since googling for various terms related to S&S and randonneur rack failed so spectacularly.

I am probably using centerpull Raids, which is one reason I posted the link to the rack that I did.
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E, my friend Luke has several coupled rando bikes, including one that he rode for last summer's Midnight Express overnight 200k. He has a regular Nitto or VO that he has to remove and does *not* fit into the S&S case with all of the rest of the junk. He says it's pretty annoying and that he just uses a rackless bag set up for that bike when traveling.

If you were to make a rack from scratch, I would say have the struts be removable (like the Nitto M18 or Mark's Rack, or the Rawland Rando Rack), and also figure out a way to have the backstop pivot around a bolt so the whole rack can be "flattened".
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Old 05-22-19, 06:23 AM
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CJ, thanks for the feedback. I expect a lot of people just skip the rack. I think I will want a big front bag on PBP, because I expect getting food to be somewhat problematic at some controls.

iTrod showed me the low rider rack from his coupled CoMotion. The struts pivot nicely on that, although I think it's just a standard rack. I was thinking about pivoting the tombstone, but I think having that fixed is probably okay. I would just make it as short as possible and still engage the bag. The decaleur makes up for a lot of slop.
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