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Hey All,
I have a Performance Brand Rack that I picked up mainly because it was cheap and I wanted something for commuting.


I'm planning on doing some loaded touring in the very near future (next weekend) and I'll be out for 2 nights. I'm not planning on packing heavy although this is my first small tour and I'll probably pack more than I need to. Really I'm just riding 60 miles down the road with some gear and camping in a state park over the 4th to release some stress, get back to nature and have a hella good ride! I'll probably pickup any food in a near by town just to avoid having to take EVERYTHING with me...plus I'm sure beer isn't all that light :)

Anyways I'm wondering if this rack is up to the task for this first time or if I should start looking for something else. I DO plan on replacing it fairly soon...but with the panniers and everything else money is starting to get tight. I can stretch the budget a little and pickup a better rack if need be...but I can't go crazy.

Thanks!
Jared
 

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Sorry, but that rack is more suited for a lighter load. Maybe just a trip around to school or work. However, you said you are going to do camping. Camping! Unfortunately, that means hauling around more stuff than your average Joe Commuter. And also unfortunately, that's going to require a more sturdy rack. Look for something that has more support rods. And a longer rack would be better.

Have you seen the Surly Rack. It's quite beefy and very strong. You could use it for carrying a camping load.

 

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Hard to go wrong with a Surly Nice Rack. Tubus is very good as well.

Another advantage to those higher quality racks is that they move your bags back a bit farther. Helps eliminate heel strike.
 

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your <a href="http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=19331&subcategory_ID=2325">rack</a> has a 40lb weight limit. I suspect you'll be well under that unless you have <i>really</i> heavy gear. you'll be fine.
 

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blackhat said:
your <a href="http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=19331&subcategory_ID=2325">rack</a> has a 40lb weight limit. I suspect you'll be well under that unless you have <i>really</i> heavy gear. you'll be fine.


i was going to say the same thing. i just finished a 3-day ride with about 25-30lbs loaded on my cheap rack, and i had absolutely no problems.
 

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Riding across the nation unsupported? Get the Surley. Going 60 miles to camp for the night? What you already have is perfectly fine.
 
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