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Gear Talk / Higher quality racks
« on: November 16, 2021, 05:13:28 pm »
With the loss of Bruce Gordon and Robert Beckman no longer making racks I feel that there are limited options for a high quality rack.

Of course, there are a number of other custom bike builders that will make a rack. I have found little else out there that has the craftsmanship of the two mentioned builders.

Of course a few rack manufacturers make some good racks that serve the purpose which I have used with success.  Unfortunately, none of them match the quality of my Robert Beckman racks.

I find it interesting that no one has come out with some higher quality racks to match the quality of some higher end touring bikes. 

I’m not trying to be a snob, I just think there is a place for a higher quality rack where the customer doesn’t have to go to a custom builder.

A higher quality rack would support the entire pannier, provide a bomb proof attachment system, have attachment points for lights, allow internal wiring for lights, and other features.  Of course, this increases the price of entry, but why put a feature limited rack on your dream bike?

Am I the only one that has pondered this?  Is everyone else happy enough for what is now available?

What features would you want in a high quality rack that isn’t available today?

Your thoughts?


Gear Talk / Shimano Cycling Sandals
« on: March 14, 2019, 09:36:04 pm »
I know that this topic has been beat to death, but...

I have used Shimano Cycling Sandals for years and my SH-SD65 models are getting a bit worn out.

I have tried the newer SH-SD5, but no amount of adjustment allows them to be comfortably worn.

Does ANYONE know where I might find some NOS (New Old Stock) SH-SD65 sandals in 41/42 size?

The SD5 has two straps and the ones I want, the SD65 has three straps.

I have tried many regular bike websites and Ebay, all with no luck.

I should have bought a few pair when they were available, because eventually a great product gets changed and it doesn't work for you anymore.

The image shows what I am looking for.


Classifieds / Arkel Bike cover - Used once
« on: October 26, 2007, 03:37:03 pm »
I just purchased this about two weeks ago and used it on one tour.  It is in poerfect shape as I only need to cover my bicycle once.  I personally find it a bit bulky and heavy, but it may be just perfect to you. I purchased it here at

I paid $69.00, make me an offer and it can be yours.  

You can contact me at or reply here.  First come first served...


Gear Talk / REI Stratos Rain Jacket
« on: October 23, 2007, 10:00:36 pm »
I rode 50 miles in the rain yesterday and this jacket did an excellent job of keeping me comfortable.  Highly recommended if you can find one.  I believe that REI is phasing it out and they don't have an integral hood, but otherwise it worked really well.

Gear Talk / Arkel Bike Cover
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:58:19 pm »
I am on a bike tour in Kentucky and at the last minute purchased the Arkel Bike Cover.  The description said that it was made out of lightweight nylon, but this thing is heavy.  I can attest that it is watertight as my bike stayed dry while in use, but I would like to challenge the engineers to come up with a lighter cover.  Perhaps something like my tent fly.

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