How to Add a Bike Rack

That bike is a great way to get around – and you can carry stuff in your backpack. But what if you don’t want to use a backpack, or you need to carry something a little heavier? Here’s how to install a carrier rack to the back of your bike.

You can get inexpensive racks from just about any place that sells bicycle parts – even Target and Big 5. This rack came from the Bike Nashbar, and online parts store.

The rack comes with several screws and connectors, and is super easy to install.

Install the Rear Support Legs

First, lower the rear support legs. 

Use the included screws to attach them to the eyes down at the bottom of the seat stay. These holes are there specifically for a bike rack.

Put the screws through the rack and thread them into the holes, but don’t tighten them yet. 

Connect the Rack to the Seat Stay

Now lift the rack until it’s parallel to the ground, and match it up to the seat post. It may point at the seat post, but most often it will match up to the seat stays.

Use the included hardware to attach the front of the rack. If the rack’s connectors are bare metal, you can wrap a stretch of electrical tape around the seat stay or seat tube to protect the paint.

TIghten the screws on the rack. Now you can tighten the screws on the supports. 

Lift the bicycle by the rear of the rack to make sure it’s secure. You don’t want it to rattle when you’re riding, or, worse, to fall off.

If there’s no reflector on the back end of the rack, move the one from the seat stay up so that it can be seen clearly from behind.

Some racks have a spring-loaded clamp that holds your stuff securely in place. If yours doesn’t, a couple of bungee cords do exactly the same thing. You can also add things like pannier bags, in which you can pack your groceries, or your camping stuff. 

Congratulations! You did it!

Please Note: Do not use this procedure if you are not certain that you can complete it safely, or if it does not seem accurate. Skippity Whistles provides this information as advice, and cannot accept any liability from your usage of it.


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