Blackburn Ex-1 Top Deck Rack
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- Solid top deck keeps your jeans clean
- Great value
- Solid top deck keeps your jeans clean
- Lower mounting on frame braze-ons
- Upper mounting to frame braze-ons or seat stay clamps (included)
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FEATURES of the Blackburn Ex-1 Top Deck Rack Solid top deck keeps your jeans clean Great value Solid top deck keeps your jeans clean Lower mounting on frame braze-ons Upper mounting to frame braze-ons or seat stay clamps (included) SPECIFICATIONS of the Blackburn Ex-1 Top Deck Rack Weight Capacity: 45 lbs Fits: 26" to 29"
- Product Dimensions : 15 x 13 x 6 inches; 1.3 Pounds
- Item model number : Blackburn
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : November 17, 2009
- Manufacturer : Blackburn
- ASIN : B00NU9WXOY
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- #874 in Bike Panniers & Rack Trunks
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If you aren't handy with tools, you are likely to get frustrated trying to install it yourself and end up with a poor installation. But every other rack seems to have the similar problems also. The Blackburn rack is actually better than all of the others that I've installed.
That said, the instructions were fairly easy to follow. They say you need to screw everything in loosely at first, then tighten them all after you adjust the rack's placement. The tool they give you is one of those L shaped wrenches like you get with Ikea furniture. I disregarded and first loosely screwed the nuts and bolts in by hand. This worked fine except when I got to the stays. You have to hold the stays down as you screw in the bolt, plus you are working around the spokes in your bike tires. The nuts and bolts kept popping out as I tried to screw them in, but I finally managed it when I laid the bike down. That took at least two hours so I called it a day after that.
Once everything was loosely screwed in I had the problem of tightening everything. The included tool was still useless- all it did was make the nut and bolt spin around in the hole, even with holding them steady with my hand. I couldn't find a small enough wrench to do the job, so I gave up with the intent of taking it to a bike shop. Perhaps it was because I was a novice, perhaps it was because I didn't have the right hand strength, but whatever the case I tried for over an hour (including time looking for a better tool and trying different ones) to no avail.
I happen to live with family and my grandfather wanted to try working on it. I was worried he might over exert himself and I would not be outside to supervise/help him since I was going inside to shower and my grandmother was leaving for a dr appointment. But he insisted and she said to let him so I brought the bike back out for him and went inside to do my business.
To my surprise when I came out it was tightly screwed in, rock solid. I have not idea how he did it, other than he found an unopened pack of various sized wrenches that I had not, and one apparently was the proper size. But the man has arthritic hands, so it's amazing to me how he was able to hold the nut and bolt tightly enough while screwing it in. I really would have liked to have seen it done but at least I know it's safe to ask him for help in the future (he didn't seem out of wind either, which I was worried about as he has health problems).
I haven't got to actually ride my bike yet since the weather has been cold, and I may not till next spring since we are in fall now. So I can't attest to if it is indeed as solid as it seems (that the bolts won't pop out from the motion of the bike as I ride). But it really does seem solid and that it will work for what I wanted it for. I just wish it had been easier to attach, which is why I'm rating it 3 stars.
I'm not sure if I would buy something like this again if I didn't have him or someone else to help me with it. I acknowledge I'm a novice (and women of average strength) which may have played a factor, but the included tool is shoddy and the instructions could have been more detailed (like showing how the actual tool is meant to be used to prevent the nut and bolt form merely spinning around), and I feel the instructions (and this product page) should advise it is easier to with 2 people. Overall, just not very novice friendly.