Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

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Salade_Lyonnaise
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Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Salade_Lyonnaise » 11 Jul 2019, 4:35pm

Hello all,

I'm planning to mount a brake-boss mounted front rack. Are these okay for the bosses, and is there anything I should be aware of? Or aren't these a good idea....?

I'm getting brake-bosses brazed and the forks re-coated, so it would be most unfortunate if the bosses broke under the strain afterwards!

It's 3 point: bosses, and single fork crown mount (adjustable slider bar)


All advice most appreciated :)

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby scottg » 11 Jul 2019, 5:43pm

Whilst getting the brake bosses on, why not get mid fork mounts
for mud guards and carriers. If it is an old shop, ask for a lamp boss too.

These days a touring fork resembles a medieval battle implement.

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Brucey » 11 Jul 2019, 5:50pm

brake bosses are only 0.5mm wall thickness above the thread peaks; they sometimes break anyway, so if you use a boss-mounted rack, light loads only please.

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby tatanab » 11 Jul 2019, 8:43pm

This sort of thing? Only meant to support a handlebar bag or similar. I use one but the bar bag contains paperwork and snacks, hence little weight.
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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby mjr » 11 Jul 2019, 11:25pm

I posted about mine in viewtopic.php?f=1&t=115886
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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Salade_Lyonnaise » 12 Jul 2019, 9:30am

Thanks all — I just impulse bought one for a good price (oh eBay!) — looks like carrier mounts are a better option for me though. Cheers

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Brucey » 12 Jul 2019, 10:05am

not all light steel forks are good with mid-fork carrier braze-ons added to them.

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Salade_Lyonnaise » 12 Jul 2019, 1:44pm

Thanks Brucey - I'm looking out for some sturdier forks.

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Re: Brake Boss mounted front carrier racks

Postby Brucey » 12 Jul 2019, 3:45pm

your forks are fine for their intended use. Putting stiffer forks in that frameset would basically spoil it; the rest of the frame is built like the forks are...

Its currently expected that you will carry your front panniers on low rider type mounts; there are lots of other ways of carrying a front load which were in use for decades before low riders were invented, and believe it or not they work OK too and don't overload the fork.

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Both Blackburn and Vetta made front racks to this pattern and one of those will go well on your fork. They are not difficult to find, used.

You could spend a fortune on brazing work, new forks and goodness knows what else and you might still not like the end result. My advice is to put racks that fit onto the bike and to try carrying the loads you expect to carry. You will soon learn whether you are on the right track or not. If you think the bike rides and handles well with the intended load then think about making it a better arrangement, with better wheels, brakes etc.

FWIW if I wanted better wheels/brakes I would probably fit wheels with SA hub brakes to that frame and otherwise leave the frame alone.

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