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Old 03-11-20, 11:25 AM
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Keep breaking rack bolts

I've now broken left side rack bolts three times on my aluminum winter commuter. The bolts are the black steel ones and before I drill out the piece that's in there and bolt it again I'm wondering if there's a better way to mount the rack. I have the exact same rack on my regular commuter/touring bike but it's steel and this isn't an issue. I was looking at the Tubus QR adapter but that costs more than the rack. I carry panniers on both sides, with clothes and laptop I'm guess it's still less than 25 lbs. Thoughts?

Right side with spacer, no problems

Left side, bigger gap (and the zip ties have lasted longer than the bolts)
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