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Old 08-02-11, 06:01 PM
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Modern equivalent of Jim Blackburn rear rack?

Can anyone recommend a good (preferably inexpensive) modern rack that uses a single center stay to connect to the brake bridge like the old jim blackburn racks do? I'm not interested in doing the rubberized clamps around the seat stays.

An equivalent front rack would be awesome too... I think the modern blackburn front rack only connects to low rider / mid-fork mounts.
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Old 08-02-11, 06:07 PM
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+1 on brake bridge mount Blackburn racks! I would love to find the original Non-Adjustable versions, as well.
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Old 08-02-11, 06:34 PM
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Tubus racks, $$$$ but very nice.

https://www.tubus.com/en
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I've got a Tubus Luna which uses the monostay attached to the rear brake bridge mounting bolt, and because it's stainless steel it was pricey. The Tubus Fly is similar, but 4130 instead of stainless, so it's significantly cheaper.

Tubus Fly

Here's my Luna:

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theres this https://www.rivbike.com/products/show...ar-rack/20-193
was thinking about getting a pair of these.

I was given some topeak racks the other day, the explorer model with the slider click gimmick, brand new. They have a platform with the holes for the two rods. I drilled my own holes in the middle and bent a steel bar to run to the fork crown on the front of my univega.
Not the most vintagy racks, but it looks good with them matching front and back.
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Old 08-02-11, 08:48 PM
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Until about a year ago or so, you could get racks made by Sunlite that fit your description, but I haven't seen them available lately.
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I had seen that Tubus rack before and it looks great but it's a little pricey for the bike I'm looking to install one on. The Pletscher looks like an interesting option (especially for the front!), I'll look around to see if it's available anywhere cheaper than riv.

I found this avenir rear rack on Amazon that I'm thinking of checking out, only has two struts but it has bolt holes for a center stay (although one isn't included):

https://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Rear-Ro...dp/B00165PA08/




Is this the same kind of setup as the sunlite rack? Maybe there's nothing currently being produced between these cheap two-strutters and the more expensive tubus.
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Pletscher Athlete 4B. I like the two stays and hook loops. I have attached using a single brake bridge contact and two P clamps on the seat stays. Strong enough for panniers.
Thor USA sells em.
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Soma mini front rack. I used with an Ostrich Bag. Nice fit.
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The Blackburn Cross rack has the option of the single stay that attaches to the brake bridge bolt.

Looks like the "XR-1"

https://www.blackburndesign.com/racks_mirrors.html
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How about an old Jim Blackburn Rack? Bazillions were made. I've never paid more than ten bucks.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
How about an old Jim Blackburn Rack? Bazillions were made. I've never paid more than ten bucks.
Seemed like it was raining jim blackburn rear racks when I was in southern california, got several on parts bikes and off craigslist but they're a little more scarce in the backwoods of pennsylvania here and I haven't had much luck lurking ebay. Kind of wish I kept some more now.

Let me know if you have 1 or 2 in your pile that you would like to sell for <= $10.

That soma front rack looks really nice but it looks like it's 'unavailable' if you try to buy it from soma. I emailed them to get some more info.
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Old 08-03-11, 10:39 AM
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I don't have a pile. They're all on bikes.
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Lucky you. I have one that came with my FrankenCilo.
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I have a front and rear with the old Jim Blackburn logo. I bought the rear new in the seventies. I can't remember what they cost new then. I picked up the front one at a bike swap for $10. The solid aluminum ones hold up well. They both look almost new.
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I like the Blackburn stuff with the "Jim Blackburn" logo.

I recently bought a bike for 5 bux from a flea market for its Water Bottle Cage. Its a late 70's aluminum Blackburn cage with the old "Jim Blackburn" stamp. I'd seen (and owned) all the various racks with the old logo, but I'd never seen a Bottle Cage like that before.
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