Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

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Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Mortsty » 18 Nov 2015, 12:20pm

Afternoon everyone,

I am new to cycling (not to say cycling per say but actually getting 'serious' with my bicycle in terms of my mode of transport) and I wish to be able to carry stuff to and from my place of work.

I've read about bike racks but unsure if they will fit and was looking for some advice.

What are my options for increasing storage capacity of my bicycle? I've attached some pictures below which might help as I am a little confused.

I appreciate all your advice smile emoticon

Samuel

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Vorpal » 18 Nov 2015, 1:16pm

Wlecome to the forum. Can you tell what bicycle you have? Tehre are different solutions for different types of bike.

If you have a full suspension bike, you have fewr options, and we will have different recommendations than for a hard tail
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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Mortsty » 19 Nov 2015, 12:01pm

Its a GT Aggressor mtb with front suspension.

Cheers for your help :)

Samuel

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Vorpal » 20 Nov 2015, 12:01am

There are several options....

I looked at some on-line, and they appear to have places to fit a rear rack.
If you have disk brakes, you need to buy one made for a bike with disk brakes.
If you don't have disk brakes, you should be able to fit most rear racks on your bike.

If you don't need to carry much, you can use a slightly simpler solution, and put a rack on your seat post. Like this http://road.cc/content/review/6415-etc- ... nnier-rack

There are also other sorts of solutions, such as frame bags, which tend to be a bit more expensive.

You might also consider handlebar bags or saddle bags which are cheaper than fitting a rack and buying panniers for it, but won't increase your carrying capacity by as much.
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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Mortsty » 27 Nov 2015, 8:33am

Morning everyone,

I bought the Topeak Super Tourist DX Disc Rack for my mountain bike (GT Aggressor) and whilst trying to fit it on I have realized the bolt which goes through the wheel/quick release and which connects this product to the back wheel is too short and thus I can not fix it on.

What can I do to overcome this problem, is it as simple as buying a longer bolt and if so where best to get it from?

Thank you for your help,

Samuel

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby RickH » 27 Nov 2015, 10:36pm

Mortsty wrote:Morning everyone,

I bought the Topeak Super Tourist DX Disc Rack for my mountain bike (GT Aggressor) and whilst trying to fit it on I have realized the bolt which goes through the wheel/quick release and which connects this product to the back wheel is too short and thus I can not fix it on.

What can I do to overcome this problem, is it as simple as buying a longer bolt and if so where best to get it from?

Thank you for your help,

Samuel

Unless I'm misunderstanding you, the Topeak rack doesn't use the quick release for mounting (there are racks that do however). Looking at images of the GT Aggressor online, assuming I'm looking at the right model, it looks like there are threaded mounting holes on the seat stays that can be used to fix the rack (you may need some M5 bolts if they didn't come with the rack).

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby 3spd » 7 Feb 2016, 1:30pm

Here's an option as long as your not too fashion conscious......

https://theeverydaycyclist.wordpress.co ... saddlebag/
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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Bigdummysteve » 10 Feb 2016, 2:36pm

3spd wrote:Here's an option as long as your not too fashion conscious......

https://theeverydaycyclist.wordpress.co ... saddlebag/


well you wouldn't want to be TOO stylish :D

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby lostonthetrails » 14 Feb 2016, 9:40pm

Another options is to use frame bags, check out offerings from Blackburn, Alpkit, and Revelate to name but a few.
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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 14 Feb 2016, 9:48pm

Hi,
Its not rocket science :)
Carry camping gear in the panniers.
Assuming its not rear suspension.
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Bend the rack leg very slightly add a spacer and a long bolt. For the purest you might go for a slightly larger spacer diameter.
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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby Bicycler » 16 Feb 2016, 7:09pm

Are you really comfortable touring in that position? :o :shock:

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Re: Increasing storage capacity of my mountain bike?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 16 Feb 2016, 10:20pm

Hi,
Bicycler wrote:Are you really comfortable touring in that position? :o :shock:

Do I wear a helmet :lol:
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