ALWAYS use this rack with a tether between the tall tongue-loop and the handlebar. It’s a strong little rack, but people do dumb things, and the tether is a safety measure. Make the tether out of cord or any adjustable strap.
We wanted a rack that could be used on the front of a bike with sidepull brakes, because sometimes sidepull users need to carry some stuff, too. It’s our smallest rack, and weighs about 12oz, and is rated to 4.4 pounds. There are lots of ways to use it — as a saddlebag support in back, as a platform for a basket (zip-tie the basket on), or just to strap a stuff-sack full of gear onto it. We use it all these ways, all the time.
Comes with two 14cm struts – for mounting on rear seatstay bosses; and two 26cm struts – designed to work on all Rivendell forks with the mid-fork rack mounts; may or may not reach other fork lowrider braze-ons. Includes diving board for the front.
If you want to double-strut it like on the Sam in the photos, you’ll need to buy more struts. Also, if you’re mounting this on a bike without caliper brakes, you’ll need a bolt and nut (get them in the bulk section of hardware stores) to attach the diving board to the fork crown. We recommend using a nylon brake insert also.
Wanna mount it on the front and you don’t got mid mount fork braze-ons? Get a pair of Nitto band clamps (huge size).
Needta putit on the rear but don’t got seat stay braze-ons? Geda pair of Nitto band clamps (tiny size for skinny steel stays, medium size for aluminum stays)and a rear diving board.
If the 26cm struts are not long enough to reach your particular lowrider braze-ons and you don’t want to use the Nitto band clamps, then get the 42cm Nitto rack struts and cut em to size.