This spring, as one of my upgrades to the pink bike, I added a Velo Orange Porteur Rack. I had been experimenting with different options for hauling stuff on the front. This Arkel front bag was one such experiment.
It didn’t work out so well since I found it a bit small, and also things shifted around in the basket.
I decided to spring more the Velo Orange Porteur Rack. I went to our local VO dealer: the good people at Hoopdriver Bicycles. You know it’s a good bike shop when you see the number of bikes locked up outside.
With the new rack, I was not able to mount the bike on my regular tow hitch on the Xtracycle and so I had to go with Plan B.
The other thing that I’ve noticed is that the rack actually makes it easier to ride this bike no hands. Wiser people than I would be able to explain this to you in terms of trail, etc.
I also mounted a headlight bracket below the rack.
This is a small, curved piece of metal, also from VO. It hasn’t been as nice as the rest of the rack. It is too flexible, and the light vibrates quite a bit on rough roads. Also, the way that the light is placed, I have to reach through the platform or under the basket to turn it on.
UPDATE: here is a note on the marginal durability of this mount.
After living with the rack for a couple of months, I’ve learned about a couple of its quirks. Firstly, although the thin tubes are very pretty, I have to take some care in loading anything in a plastic bag in the basket since things can protrude through and load down the fender. Also, anything up there feels the bumps, so don’t use it to carry bananas.
This past weekend, I added some further tweaks: a coroplast platform, and a wheel stabilizer.
I couldn’t find a pink election sign, so it’s NDP orange for the moment. Maybe I’ll switch to the green party at some point.
The wheel stabilizer helps keep the front wheel from flopping over, which is particular helpful useful when loading the rack. The clearance is awfully tight, and the spring actually presses down on the fender a bit in the straight ahead position. We’ll see if I keep this on the bike.