Should I remove my racks?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 5 Nov 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Ok I know it's an irrelevant question...but humor me...

    is it cooler to keep my front and rear racks on when I am not using them, or take them off?
  2. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Get them off!
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Definitely off.
  4. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    No, what you want is to keep them on, get your panniers out, fill them with bricks and attach them to your racks. That's the way 'real men' train, none of this carbon fibre stuff, real men train with steel bikes and bricks.
  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    A bicycle without luggage carrying capacity is not worth having.
    It's always handy to be able to carry odd items at short notice. I found a replacement lid for my recycling bin whilst miles from home just last week. Because I had my racks on it was easy to carry it home. Always carry some light rope or bungee cords as well.;)
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Should have had some string with you instead; you could have worn it like a Vietnamese peasant. ;)
  7. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I'm with Snorri on this one.
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Fronts off, rear on. Then you can nip about town with the ability to carry one pannier if you need to.
  9. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    What Maggot said +1
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ... just need another bike for the "without".
  11. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    ...and the ultimate security device - a wicker basket on the front. Your bike will NEVER get nicked.
  12. Crackle

    Crackle ...

    On ... but buy another bike with no racks or mudguards ....
  13. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Ice Station Zebra
    Leave them on Fatters old chap

    How else does one carry a crate of stella home?
  14. longers

    longers Veteran

    I agree with FF, Crackle, Snorri, PrettyBoyTim and Zoiders (other beverages are available ;)) leave em on.
  15. I'd agree with other people here, remove the front rack and keep the rear and buy another bike that can't take racks ;). Don't know if its true or not and I don't want to test it, but apparently the presence of racks and guards make a bike less desirable to thieves. :smile: If I was that way inclined I'd just take the bike and remove the racks/guards.:becool:
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