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Offline oiselette

Pannier racks for LWB recumbents
« on: April 19, 2010, 11:45:56 pm »
I'm looking into touring with a recumbent and am getting pretty excited about it =)

However, I can't seem to find anything online about how/where to put the racks on. Specifically, I'd like to put some Tubus racks--probably just a rear, not a front--on a RANS Stratus XP. I'd assume that the dual 26" wheels would make this easy, but I'm wondering how they would attach.

I've also looked into the Terracycle underseat racks, but I'll need more space than just 2 panniers. I'm also not interested in hauling a trailer.

Any advice?

Offline jcostanz

Re: Pannier racks for LWB recumbents
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 10:28:46 am »
I have 2 LWB recumbents, a tour easy and a Longbikes Slipstream with a Rans seat.  Both have rear racks and both attach the same way.
the bottom of the rack attaches to the bosses above the axle and there are 2 straps that go to the seat stays, the tubes that support / set the recline angle of the seat.  they use a clamp.  This setup is basically the same as you would use on a wedgie bike. 

If you don't have any bosses above the axle, take a look at old man mountain, they have several adapters to fit unusual problems.

Offline Tourista829

Re: Pannier racks for LWB recumbents
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010, 12:23:39 pm »
A good resource, since he sells your recumbent is Mark at www.poweroncycling.com he may be able to help. He is also into touring.

Offline bogiesan

Re: Pannier racks for LWB recumbents
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2010, 08:41:47 pm »
I've also looked into the Terracycle underseat racks, but I'll need more space than just 2 panniers.

Kinda depends on which panniers you get.
ERRC offers a fascinating recumbent-specific, huge, and totally waterproof pannier called the long easy-reacher.

http://errcmagazine.com/default.aspx

http://errcmagazine.com/images/lloonnggpannier.JPG

The Lonnngs are designed to hang on TerraCycle's underseat racks and extend to the rear. They're large at about 3000 cubic inches.

I have two sets of TC's underseat racks, one for my Tour Easy and one on my Stratus XP. Conventional panniers hang too low on my XP so I use a rear rack. As others have noted, standard racks attach easily to the XP. Urge you to talk to Hostel Shoppe if you get no satisfaction locally. They'll hook you up with excellent tools for your XP, they know 'bents and they understand touring.

I play go. I use Macintosh. Of course I ride a recumbent