WHAT RACK HARDWARE TO GET, AND WHERE
July 10, 2006
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I just bought a Trek Multitrack
7000. I went to put on my old metal double basket rack and
found out that Trek does not have a universal bracket mount.
I saw your books page on rack
hardware but would like to find out if I can get the hardware
from a hardware store instead of a bike shop. The shop has
good bike prices but rips you off on the accessories.
Also, any ideas on what hardware
to get and where to attach it on my Trek? Your page doesn't
have anything that looks like my bike. Thanks.
What hardware you need depends as
much on your rack as it does on your bikewhich makes
it hard for me to say exactly what hardware to get.
But if you want to attach a rack
to a bike frame using a bolt thru a hole where no hole exists,
you generally need a loop strap like the ones shown on the
bottom right of page 16 of my
book. They come in different sizes, so it helps to know
the diameter of the frame part to which youll attach
the loop strap.
A well-stocked hardware store will
have loop straps, or get em from an industrial supplier
such as McMaster-Carr
Now lemme make a little speech about
independent bike dealers (IBDs). IBDs provide the single
best place to get a good bike and get it fixed welleven
tho (in the U.S.) they sell less than 20 percent of the
bikes bought each year. This means they make a good part
of their income on stuff besides bikes, so to survive they
gotta make a decent profit on that stuff. Do you want IBDs
to survive? If so, you must support them with your purchases.
(You dont have to support all of em .
. . pick one you like.)