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On_What
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Carbon bikes and racks

Postby On_What » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:01 am

A question that has been asked a few times before possibly.

I am planning on joining a group of pals for a tour of France, travelling approx 300 miles through France this year. I plan on travelling light with minimal stuff, possibly comprising of upto 3-4kg maximum.

Is there a sensible rack system to mount this extra weight to my trusty Mortirolo, or should I look at picking up a cheap Alu/Steel bike for this trip? I am concerned on the extra loads I will place on the bike.

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Re: Carbon bikes and racks

Postby nun » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:29 pm

For that load you probably don't need a rack. What about using a Carradice saddlebag and a handlebar bag.

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Re: Carbon bikes and racks

Postby On_What » Fri Jan 04, 2013 14:02 pm

that has been mentioned, but again wasn't sure on the loadings into the frame - possibly me worrying about nothing but wanted to check

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Re: Carbon bikes and racks

Postby nun » Fri Jan 04, 2013 14:40 pm

With only 4kg I think you'll be fine. FYI I tour on a Cervelo RS and put more than 4kg on it with no trouble.......but I do have an Al seat post. Here is what you can do, I imagine you could use a far smaller saddlebag.

http://wheelsofchance.org/2012/12/25/gear-list/

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Re: Carbon bikes and racks

Postby andrew_s » Sat Jan 05, 2013 00:25 am

nun wrote:For that load you probably don't need a rack. What about using a Carradice saddlebag and a handlebar bag.

+1
A saddlebag imposes no extra load on the bike above what a slightly fatter rider would. The only possible problem is clamping something to a carbon seatpost, and you can always swap for aluminium if it worries you.
If you pick a big saddlebag, you can even go camping with one. This is with a Camper Longflap on a Bagman QR that clamps to the saddle rails, and a drybag lashed to an over the wheel front rack rather than a handlebar bag.
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Re: Carbon bikes and racks

Postby Mercia Man » Sat Jan 05, 2013 21:48 pm

Andrew's right. A Carradice Camper Longflap and Bagman support will carry all you need if you're staying in hotels. It won't put undue strain on your bike and you'll feel little effect on handling.


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