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Which bicycle luggage rack is right?

A bicycle luggage rack is really an essential beginning point for tandem accessories. You will eventually find the need to carry something, most likely a rack trunk to carry extra gear and food or perhaps a lunch.
Choosing that a rack for the back of your tandem, or any bicycle, isn't that hard. You basically have two choices on type and I have listed them below.

Frame Mount Rack

Frame mount racksbicycle luggage rack offer the most cargo capacity and versatility for putting stuff on the back of your tandem (or single bike). You'll find that no matter how short the ride on your tandem, you'll always need to carry something.  If you don't then your stoker will.

Most people put a rack trunk on the luggage rack. You can follow the link to a page I have just about rack trunks. There are lots and lots of choices when it comes to trunks.  There isn't any right one.  I give some suggestions on that page but the choice really depends on how much space you need.

Don't plan on brining home the new television on one of these.  If you are planning to haul some really serious amounts of stuff, you are going to need to either get a trailer or panniers.

 

Seat Post Mount

This rear seat post rackbicycle luggage rack style mounts just as the name implies, to the seat post of the stoker. It goes on and off really quickly and can hold a fair amount of weight.

I used the rack pictured for two years on my mountain bike when I would do endurance races and needed to carry gear. It worked well, but I would prefer something a little more permanent if I was going to use it every day.

The pictured model is by Topeak and I liked it because it had fold out panniers that would increase the capacity by quite a bit. Unfortunately as you increase the capacity, you increase the weight you have to carry :(

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