Simple S24O and Commuter front setup…

Here’s a little more low-key commuter couture for you. If you don’t have dollars to drop for a nice front rack they have at VeloOrange or Rivendell you can still make the front-end of your bike a little more useful.

Exhibit A…the Nashbar Mini Front Rack…the poor man’s Nitto (I bought mine for the princely sum of $12). Apparently, there’s a lot of poor men since this thing is out of stock at the moment. Don’t worry, they periodically show up.

Mounted, it looks like this.

Simply mounted, it isn’t carrying a whole heck of a lot. BUT, combine it with any number of Wald baskets and now you have something more useful! I purchased a medium-ish basket and cut off the long struts with a pair of bolt cutters, so I could just have the basket.

Now your bike is exponentially more useful. Throw in some leather toe-straps (as a general rule, leather toe-straps make excellent fasteners…stronger and reusable compared to zip ties and oh-so-classy) and it’s even MORE usefull and stylish!

I’m carrying an inflatable sleeping pad, a small soft cooler with lunch, tent stakes and a little folding Ikea tripod chair! Perfect for my upcoming S24O or a picnic!


  1. boc June 25, 2008 5:42 pm 

    Thanks a lot Russ, I’ve been trying to find one of these for a while and now it will be even harder! 😛

  2. mercutio stencil June 26, 2008 12:21 am 

    About once a week I send the same email to Nashbar product support asking when the racks are going to be back in stock… Last time I was told July, but it wouldn’t have been the first time I was misled…

  3. Smudgemo June 26, 2008 9:24 am 

    I hope you’re right, Russ. I’ve been wanting that same rack, and was just thinking about alternatives if they are no longer made.

    I want to mount my headlight and battery on it, but a small basket is a great idea. I’d suggest some wire to replace the zip ties, though.

    I really don’t care for Nashbar, but sometimes they have the smokin’-est deals anywhere.

  4. russ roca June 26, 2008 9:30 am 

    Wow….I didn’t know they were in such limited supply…I bought mine during the winter and ordered 2 of them (they were only $9.99)…i hope they come back to

  5. Johnny June 27, 2008 9:45 am 

    Does it say how much weight it can hold, since it’s mounted on brakes?

  6. tres_uncool June 30, 2008 9:13 pm 

    Looks really nice, but. . .

    . . .couldn’t you just use the Wald basket, and forget the rack altogether? I don’t see how this set-up is any more stable than using the metal struts that hook up to the wheel axle.

    Sure, you have to clamp the Wald onto your handlebars, but just slip a rubber shim in and it won’t scratch.

    Great tip about the toe-straps, though! I’m gonna slap those on my Wald.

  7. Patrick in Chicago July 16, 2008 9:59 pm 

    They’re back as of Wednesday July 16! I bought one tonight.

  8. John November 28, 2008 9:06 am 

    i am Mr John and i will like to order some of yourFront Rack i will appreciate if you mail me back with their prices in range and also the method of payment you do accept,thank you and Waiting.

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