I had a good excuse this time, though, as my girlfriend had been asking me about what options were available to haul stuff on her bikes.
My next project was for the evening was a rack on her other bike, which is the Salsa La Cruz cyclocross bike configured as a flat-bar road bike. The disc-brake-specific frame on this bike has very few eyelets for racks and other accessories. This was a job for the Axiom Streamliner Road Deluxe rack. It's made for road bikes or other bikes that don't have the usual mounting options. It has a single upper strut that is meant to attach to the bolt that holds the rear brake caliper in place. The La Cruz doesn't have the usual brake in this location, but fortunately, it does have the seat stay bridge with a mounting hole in the right place:
The lower supports on the Streamliner Road Deluxe rack are supposed to attach by threading the rear wheel's quick release through them. I tried this at first, but this left so little clearance between the tire and the top of the rack that the slightest flex of the frame while pedaling would have caused rubbing. I don't see how this rack would ever work the way it was intended; it needs to be about an inch taller.
Fortunately, the La Cruz does have a pair of rack/fender eyelets near the rear dropouts, so I attached the rack to those, which raised it up enough to give good tire clearance. The lower supports set the rack back a few inches, to clear the disc brake caliper, as well as provide extra heel clearance for bigger feet. (I should hasten to add, in case my girlfriend is reading this, that this would NOT have been a problem in her case.)
So here's a full view of the rack in action; it's available in either silver or black:
So, the moral of the story is, if you've got a bike and need to haul stuff on it, where there's a will there's a way. Whether you're touring, commuting, camping, collecting recyclables, or any other cargo needs, stop in and see us, and we'll help you find an option that works.