"A bike with no rack is like pants without pockets." -me
A low center of gravity, solid construction, and practical design make CETMA Racks an ideal alternative to the popular standard of top-heavy baskets and inferior rear-mounted racks.
CETMA Racks are compatible with almost any bike. The stays attach to the front axle, no eyelets needed. No drilling, sizing, or customizing is necessary. They assemble quickly with basic tools and all necessary hardware is included.
CETMA racks are built of steel and made for daily abuse. They were originally conceived and designed by messengers for real-life courier-work and utility. CETMA Racks are continually tested by messengers world-wide who use them for work. CETMA Racks are not trendy toys for your static show bike.
CETMA racks are used by a lot of people. You can find CETMA racks on the streets of Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec, Mexico City, Brazil, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, England, Paris, Madrid, Italy, Geneva, Germany, Tokyo, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, China, and every state of the mighty USA.
Four barely compelling reasons for using a front rack:
1. The rear wheel is inherently weaker than the front wheel due to its asymmetrical build, offset hub, and torque input.
2. The rear part of the frame is where almost all frames break. The thin chain stays and seat stays are notorious weak spots.
3. Carrying weight on a rear rack makes the entire bike feel unstable and top-heavy. Put a heavy box on a rear rack and try to ride down the street. The entire frame flexes and the bike tries to lay down. Come to a stop and it gets downright scary. Transporting that box becomes a precarious balancing act. It's easier to handle cargo when it's up front near your hands.
4. Rear-loaded freight remains behind you while you ride (duh), and you can't see if it's shifting or about to fall. It's easier to keep an eye on cargo when it's in front of you.
Dimensions: width, height, and length - 11".
Weight capacity: 60-ish lbs., probably more. I've carried people on mine.
Compatibility: Fits bikes with average handlebar height. Measure the distance between the top of your front tire and handlebar. If it's over 12", I recommend a HALFrack. I can also add some length to your stays for no extra charge. Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printable installation instructions HERE.
Order your 5-rail with black or clear powder-coat, or no coating at all (bare metal) if you wanna paint yours yourself.
The clear-coat protects the metal but shows the weld marks, heat discoloration, and some file marks. Looks good, a swell match with the CINELLI MASH WORK FRAME SET.
The black powder-coat is semi-gloss. I don't know what else to say.
5-rails can be purchased with "old style" Wald handlebar brackets, preferable by some for their added reach. This is an optimal feature for bikes with flat handlebars, giving extra room for cables and knuckles. Available separately for $20, or $10 with the purchase of any 5-rail.
Available for standard sized handlebars only, not intended for oversized bars.
Some forks have hooded dropouts which are incompatible with my standard stays (HERE is a good example). For this reason, I now offer stays which attach to lower eyelets. Your choice when you order.