In a past entry I noted a problem with an inadequate rack. The rack needed enhancement to help keep my pannier from hitting my spokes, and recently reader Andrew also encountered a rack job. Check it out . . .
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Leaving the Hopworks Urban Brewery after an especially heavy
Portland deluge, I encountered the bike of a fellow traveler who also
chose to wait it out under their roof, over a pint of HUB. At first, these violet colored plastic coat hangers
looked like a wacky fashion statement, but eventually I realized that
they are spoke guards. Our hacker needs a wider platform to prevent the
panniers from swinging into the wheels, not the overkill of a stout,
large-framed touring rack.