Lightweight front touring rack advice

Especially for light weight issues concerning cyclocross / touring bikes & parts.

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jimwhimpey
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by jimwhimpey

I'm converting my Surly Crosscheck to a lightweight (light cargo, the bike is heavy) tourer and I'm looking for a front rack recommendation. I'll be carrying a couple of panniers on the front packed minimally (no camping gear or large amount of food). The front rack Surly makes is insanely heavy and I'd like to add as little weight as possible to an already heavy bike. The fork has no mid-blade eyelets.

I have no experience with touring or racks at all, any advice appreciated.

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by RussellS

I have a Nashbar aluminum lowrider rack on my touring bike. Similar to the Blackburn model. I do not know if Nashbar even sells their rack anymore. I think Blackburn does. But not sure, assume you can find someone selling it on the internet. It was "the" touring rack company for 30-40 years. They sell a model that can be clamped onto the fork blades, assume you have eyelets at the fork ends. Don't know if its the lightest but its aluminum rods and no platform rack on top to add weight. Mounts lowrider panniers on either side.

Here it is. $40. Up in the corner of the picture you can see the U clamp you use to bolt it to fork legs if there is no braze on hole on the fork.
http://www.blackburndesign.com/racks/fr ... M6Otcs5CM8

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Thanks! Looks like Nashbar do still sell exactly the same rack for only $20 http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10 ... 7572_-1___

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by skimaxpower

Although it can't compete with Nashbar on price, the Tubus Tara is light, elegant, and much stronger than the Nashbar rack.

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I much prefer the look of the Tubus Tara and that's what I ended up buying. It is very light.

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