Tubus Logo Rear Rack
As I have quite some time until my next trip, I have been buying a few items a month as I build my expedition bicycle, and my latest purchase, was a Tubus Logo Rear Rack. I found it on ebay, and managed to pick it up for £59.00 + £6.50 p+p. This was quite a bargain, as normally the Tubus Logo Rear Rack sells for between £75.00 and £90.00.
When it arrived to me, it was without any original packaging, but looked the genuine article, matching pictures online and bearing the Tubus logo. So, I think I am happy with my purchase – On to fitting it then!
Racks are pretty simple things to fit, generally having just four fixing points. I fixed the lower ones first, noticing that the bottom of the rack was wider than needed, but that the second bolt would bring it into line. It was when I came to fix the remaining two bolts I had problems.
Most good touring bike frames have something called braze-ons, and this is where bolts can be screwed into. The third bolt went in fine, but the fourth bolt – not so good. In fact, the bolt sheered off within the braze on. Shit! Absolutely no way to get the sheered bolt out! Extremely bad news!
In the end, I came up with a temporary solution, which was to mount one of the struts on the inside (as can be seen in the photo). This has all led to the Tubus Logo Rear Rack being slightly off centre.
Is this important – Well, its going to go one of two ways. The first one, is that it will be fine for the next ten years, and whenever people look at my bike, they will say “hey, did you know your racks out of line?”. The second way, is that the rack will collapse at the most vital point in the middle of nowhere! In the mean time though, it is fine for going to and from work with just a small pannier on.
This has all led me to question the frame in general and if I should replace it. I am happy with the Dawes Sardar frame, but realise that when I come to replace the front fork, I am probably going to have to do so with a Surly fork. At that point, will I end up buying a Surly frame? I am not too sure, but will have to see what happens next. My next big purchase is going to be a new back wheel regardless of which frame I eventually choose to use, so for the time being, my thoughts of the frame can be put on the back burner.