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Thule Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack $0.00
Thule's Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack is a different, and highly effective, approach to the problem of adding a rack to modern bicycles with disc brakes and suspension. Instead of eyelets, it uses ratcheting straps to securely wrap around seatstays and fork legs. This means that you don't need to worry about interference with brakes or the lack of mounting locations.
Now, you're able to add carrying capacity to suspension mountain bikes, or just about any bike, for long-distance riding or commuting. The rack's compatible with Thule's patent-pending, vanishing hardware attachment system that's found on its panniers and bags. But, it's also able to be retrofitted in order to work with conventional panniers with Thule's Side Frames (available separately).
The rack has been constructed from aluminum tubing in order to keep weight low, and it's modular with three different included brace lengths. So, you're able to fine-tune its application from seatstays to forks. And because the Pack 'n Pedal Sport Rack uses ratcheting straps, the patented attachment system will conform to oddly shaped carbon and alloy tubing.
The Thule Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack comes with rubber pads to protect frame finishes. Please note that this rack features a 50lb maximum weight capacity.
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Elegantly Simple Design
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
So I just picked this up last night and installed it onto my whip and in general I think its a pretty good product. Very simple, lightweight materials and construction using Aluminum and ABS plastic. The Pack'n'Pedal Commuter Panniers that I bought to use with this fit on like a dream and the clamps for the bags fit onto the rack with a cinch.
I have seen two issues creep up that are concerning for the future. The first, which leads into the second issue is the that you have to use the short end of an Allen wrench to tighten the friction straps down onto the Seat Stays/Front Fork of your bike. How many of you out there have tried to grasp the short end of an Allen wrench and torque on anything? Not a lot of leveraging power there from my experience.
That lack of leveraging power brings me to the second issue which is that the friction straps do not seem to maintain the Rack at a consistent "height" on my seat stays. The entire rack slides down the seat stays. I think with a little ingenuity this could be worked out satisfactorily though.
The only other feedback that I would offer is that I have noticed that because this rack has a very dynamic mounting system the rack seems to skew to the side if you only have one pannier on it. Not a super huge deal but it will slightly tip you off balance, especially if you have a serious load in that one sack....
Thule Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack
Possibly the worst product ever...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Five of us bought these racks for the San Juan Hut system trip from Telluride to Moab (7 days, but nearly all fire road). None of us carried more than 15 lbs of total weight. By the end of the first day, all of us had lost hardware (no thread lock on any bolts), including parts that were factory assembled. This led to broken pieces as well, and by the end of the trip every one of these was zip-tied together. Additionally, the ratchet mechanism jammed on mine, so I literally had to cut the straps off to get it free. These mount up nicely and definitely deserve credit for the general design, but reinforcing the plastic braces and actually putting some thread lock on the hardware are things thule should definitely invest in!
According to the photo shown I'll get two...
According to the photo shown I'll get two items: Thule Pack ?n Pedal? 100016 (TR-1) Tour Rack and Thule Pack ?n Pedal? 100017 (SF-1) Side Frames when I order, is that correct?
This is the Thule Pack 'n Pedal Tour Rack. You can purchase the Pack n' Pedal Side frames as an accessory-they do not come with the Rack.
What's the maximum width for fitting on...
What's the maximum width for fitting on rear?
I'd like to mount it on a fat-tire frame.
This rack will not fit around a fat-tire frame. Try looking at the OMM Sherpa.
Can this be fitted on the front and rear...
Can this be fitted on the front and rear of a dual suspension mountain bike?
Looks that way; one of the pictures has it mounted to a suspension fork. As far as the back, it'll kind of depend on how your bike's suspension is set up, since there are so many ways that manufacturers do that. The good thing is that you can always order it and, if it doesn't fit, return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
Can the Thule Pack'NPedal rack be mounted...
Can the Thule Pack'NPedal rack be mounted on a standard road bike (race bike)? Could yopu share some photos if any?
That all depends on the width and design of your seat stays. Another thing to consider is how much weight you really want to add to a bike that isn't designed with suspension in mind "narrow tires high psi and no added suspension might not be great on your rims or rear end
Hi Samson, Mike from Thule here, not sure what you decided on the rack, but it absolutely can go on a road bike. It is one of the most popular uses for the Thule racks because it makes it possible to use your high end road bike for touring. Here's a link to a 3min video where we install it on a road bike with carbon seat stays. ( it can also go on the front). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvwHWfqVrdQ
Use on Cross and Mountain Bikes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
You can switch between bikes but it takes a few minutes and you have to change to support arms provided to covert. I have found it to be really solid and secure. I have been using Ortleib bags with the rack. The mounting is a bit tricky with those bags. I am thinking about getting the Thule pannier. This product revolutionizes how you carry stuff. You are no longer constraints to riding on crappy bikes with panniers.