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RockyMounts’ BackStage Swing Away Rack Makes Road Trips Easier – Locke Hassett

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RockyMounts’ BackStage Swing Away Rack Makes Road Trips Easier – Locke Hassett

RockyMounts’ BackStage Swing Away Rack Makes Road Trips Easier
Words and photos by Locke Hassett

Living in my truck a few months out of the year with 2+ bikes just got a whole lot easier thanks to the BackStage Swing Away Rack from Boulder, CO based RockyMounts. For the past few years, I have been utilizing my truck bed as a mobile studio apartment while driving all over the American West, including my twice a year migration between Montana and Arizona. Usually, I throw an old sleeping pad over my tailgate and pile my bikes into the back with the front wheels hanging out. Sure, this works, but it is cumbersome to transition into kitchen/bed mode and my tailgate and forks don’t love this method either. It was time for a change.

Tumbleweed Bicycle Company To Take Over Production And Sales Of RatKing T Rack

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Tumbleweed Bicycle Company To Take Over Production And Sales Of RatKing T Rack


Photo by Cass Gilbert

This is big news! Back in 2017, Tumbleweed Bicycle Co made a trip to Peru. During that Journey, Daniel from Tumbleweed and Cas Gilbert really fell in love with the RatKing Frames T Rack. The hook was set and now Tumbleweed just announced they were taking over production and sales of the RatKing T Rack. Check out the full press-release below, which tells you how you can win one of these racks!

The Tim Tas + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack Saves Your Saggy Handlebar Bags

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The Tim Tas + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack Saves Your Saggy Handlebar Bags

Be it for randonneuring, bikepacking, touring, commuting or cyclophotography, the handlebar bag can be either a nuisance or a godsend, depending on your equipment. While rack-less bag designs are convenient, they can often times flop and jostle all over, really ruining your otherwise pleasant and quiet ride. I’ve found when you put a heavy camera in one of these bags, getting it to stay put is quite the hassle. While a full-on touring, porteur or randonneuring rack can assist in this issue, sometimes they’re overkill and heavy. In my experience, all it takes is a simple bracket to hold the bag in place to really enhance your ride. The problem is, who makes such a product?

We’ve seen quite a few bracket designs for saddle packs, but what about handlebar packs? I’ve yet to find a good, reliable design. That is until I found the Tim Ras + Rek Ahead Steerer Rack.

Ren Cycles GX1 Carbon fork with Titanium Rando Rack

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Ren Cycles GX1 Carbon fork with Titanium Rando Rack

These 1.5″ tapered forks from Ren Cycles have a 400mm axle-to-crown, a 12mm thru axle, 50mm offset and will fit a 45mm tire. Best of all though, these forks are designed to work with racks, including the new Ren titanium randonneur rack. These racks will hold a bag like the Swift Ozette, or a Wald basket. Check out more information and Ren Cycles.

Rawland Cycles Racks in Stock Now

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Rawland Cycles Racks in Stock Now

Everyone’s always looking for good, solid, randonneur and porteur racks. Especially in all-black. Rawland Cycles just stocked their shelves with their new racks, reasonably priced for $70 and $80. Head over to Rawland to see more.

Compass UD-1 Rack for Disc Brakes

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Compass UD-1 Rack for Disc Brakes

Got a bike with rack mounts but having a hard time finding a rack that will work? Maybe it’s a disc brake bike and the caliper is in the way? Whatever the reason, the gents at Compass have designed a rack, dubbed the UD-1, that will work with *most* bikes. Head over to Compass to read up on it.

The SimWorks Potluck Rack

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The SimWorks Potluck Rack

Made from Chromoly by Nitto and available in two finishes: black or chrome, the SimWorks Potluck rack has everything you need in a touring or commuting rack. The large platform was designed with summer BBQs or potluck dinners in mind, specifically sized to hold a platter, a six pack of beer or to have a large Wald basket zip-tied to. Or you can use the rack for touring, with enough platform space to secure a randonneur bag and low-rider mounts for panniers.

This is hands down my favorite item I brought back from Japan and I can’t wait to install it on my touring bike. You can order one now through SimWorks USA but do so fast, these aren’t going to be in stock for long!

Compass Cycle Introduces a New Chromoly Rack

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Compass Cycle Introduces a New Chromoly Rack

Finding a strong, lightweight, chromoly rack ain’t easy. Especially one that has the light mount on the correct (for US riders) side. That’s why Compass went straight to the source: Japan’s Nitto to fabricate their new rack. It’s got a 22lb carrying capacity, comes in at 167g and yes, has the light mount on the road side, not the shoulder side.

See more at Compass and read up on the rack at the BQ journal.

Surly: New Extraterrestrial 26″ Tires and 8 or 24 Pack Racks

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Surly: New Extraterrestrial 26″ Tires and 8 or 24 Pack Racks

26″ isn’t dead, it just took a back seat on an interstellar space trip for a bit. The newest tire from Surly, the Extraterrestrial proves that there’s a lot of fun to have on your 26″ bike. These 2.5″, 60TPI tires have been designed for multi-surfaces and will still enjoy a commute that’s mostly pavement.

Speaking of commuting, there are two racks coming in from Surly: the 8 Pack and the 24 Pack Racks. Surely you get the reference… See more at Surly.

Velo Orange: Six Pack Rack

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Velo Orange: Six Pack Rack

Cyclists love beer. I prefer bourbon. Bourbon fits in a bottle cage. A six pack does not. Velo Orange solves six pack problem. Cyclists rejoice.

… but it’s a prototype. Is this a good idea? I think people will dig it!

Feedback Sports: FATT RAKK Fatbike Stand

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Feedback Sports: FATT RAKK Fatbike Stand

With the ever-increasing popularity of fatbikes, I enjoy seeing how shops display these beastly bikes. Most just lean them against something, or make a custom stand for their wide wheels. The Feedback Sports FATT RAKK operates like their standard racks, but for fattys.

Say goodbye to the bike shop fatbike lean…

Cycling WMD: Prototype Reefer Rack

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Cycling WMD: Prototype Reefer Rack

Alan from Cycling WMD ups the ante with his latest creation: the Reefer Rack. Like his Hail Satan Porteur, this jammin’ creation is hand made in Alan’s studio. Each tube is mitered and welded together to form the shaka and the pot leaf. Personally, I think this is fucking incredible…

So, how much for one? You guessed it: $420. See more at Cycling WMD.