CETMA racks

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.  

This page contains basic info about CETMA racks. Go HERE to purchase one.

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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.


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CETMA Racks are made by hand, then powder-coated any color you want as long as it's black.



CETMA Racks are available in two configurations: 5-rail and HALFrack.  I'll quickly explain their difference below, but I've gotta make it quick because my wife is preparing a bitchin' dinner right now and I'm starving.



5-rail CETMA rack.The CETMA 5-rail is the ideal utility rack, built for heavy cargo.  It attaches to your axle and handlebars.  It's simple and strong--throw it on and haul almost anything.  I've carried friends on mine, including my buddy Erik who ain't no shrimp.

All necessary hardware is included.  You'll need to specify which size handlebar brackets you want--standard or oversized--when you order.

This rack fits almost any bike--the only limitation is if your handlebars are more than 12-inches above the front tire.  If so, don't cry, that's what the HALFrack is for.  Scroll down.


CETMA HALFrack.The HALFrack attaches to your axle and brake hole.  It's compatible with all brake types.

The HALFrack is incredibly strong.  I'd quantify its weight limit at 30-ish pounds.  That said, just between you and me, more is probably okay.

You can hang panniers on this rack, which by definition makes it perfectly suitable for hanging panniers on.   One could extrapolate that this rack is good for touring.

Bonus: All HALFracks are built with a gusset thing at the bottom. It's a good place to hook a bungee or add a light mount thing if you want a secondary place to attach a headlight. Okay.



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. 

5-rail CETMA rack. CETMA rack stays. 

5-rail CETMA rack.

CETMA rack.

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.