Front carrier fitting

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by oldwheels, 1 Jul 2017.

  1. oldwheels

    oldwheels Veteran

    I have a front carrier which came with a used bike I bought. This is drilled to fit on a solid axle. I wish to fit it to another bike which has a QR with a hollow axle which does not protrude beyond the forks. With some spacers I could fit it to the bottom mudguard stay mounts which are brazed on but this seems a bit flimsy as the bolts are quite small. It would be more convenient to fit it on the axle but it would really just be supported by friction. Is this feasible? The total weight including the carrier would not exceed 3 kg. I am not prepared to change the axle for a solid one which is the obvious answer; too much faff for what is probably a one off tour. Anybody done this?
  2. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    Don't faff around. Fit it to the bottom mudguard stay mounts which are brazed on - the bolts are quite small but entirely strong enough to support 1.5kg each. Maybe same size bolts as support the rear rack.
  3. the snail

    the snail Veteran

    Couldn't you use the wheel from the donor bike?
  4. OP

    oldwheels Veteran

    You are right Ajax back rack has bolts for mudguards I will try that with short spacers to clear the forks. Cannot change wheels as there is a considerable size difference.
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