Way back in July of last year I went into great detail about my inadequate rack. The need for cosemetic surgery is quite evident as you can see how my rack has a sagging problem.
The original entry has all of the gory details, but basically the rack, bag, and bike are all not the best match (blame the owner). The result is that the bag is dangerously close to the spokes, and can encounter the spokes when riding on rough roads - not good.
I came up with a hack to improve my rack when I was at the laundry mat. The basket I was putting my clothing in had this sweet metal bracket with long holes drilled into it so that it could secure the basket to the what I would call the axle (where where the wheels are). I knew if I could find such a bracket I would be in business.
I rode down to my local hardware store . . . and then another . . . and another . . . and even a Home Depot and could not find what I was looking for. I finally settled on what is called a zinc plated threaded rod. It's a firm, long, thin, round metal rod that is a foot in length and helped me to take care of my sag.
Basically I went totally crazy with zip ties and secured the thing to my the lower part of my frame. I hesitate to call it a chain stay since it is not on the drive train side - what is the thing called anyway? Feel free to comment.
I should also mention that I covered the rod with some tape so that it would not be metal on metal - or steel on aluminum in this case.
It took 6 zip ties to make me comfortable.
When the bag is on there is a slight bow, but I have used the set up several times so far and not had a problem. I may end up getting a pipe clamp because although I have heavy duty zip ties, I do not know if over the long run they will hold up to the vibration and stress. I know it would be NOT GOOD if the zip ties broke and the rod when into my spokes.
I may eventually move it to the outside of the rack rather than the inside which might be an even better set up. Or I could even buy a better rack - but that would be too easy.
As you can see, my sagging problem is solved. Yet another successful rack surgery. Americans can be so vain about their racks you know.
Have you been dissatisified with your rack? Comment or send your hacks to us for posting.