Posts Tagged ‘topeak’

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Topeak MTX Rear Basket

Saturday May 8, 2010

The Topeak rear rack I fitted to the Dahon last weekend now gives me the option to attach my pannier bags and my Topeak rack bag to the Dahon – great for going into the shops and on errands.  The versatility the new rack gives the Dahon is well worth the money and the extra weight.

Yesterday I collected a Topeak MTX Rear Basket to add to my bike load-carrying capabilities.  At only £23 from Chain Reaction, it’s a wise purchase and something which will come in very useful.

Its MTX fixing system enables the basket to slide securely onto the MTX Rear Rack quickly and easily.  Once fitted, it can hold quite a lot of bits ‘n’ pieces without any risk of them falling out.  If you want to, you can easily remove the basket when you arrive at the supermarket and use the basket as a shopping basket as you walk around (it has a carrying handle) and then simply reattach to the bike when you leave the shop.

The photos below show the basket on the Dahon, but it can easily be slid off and attached to the Trek.

Apologies for the poor quality photos – they were taken using my mobile phone’s camera and it’s full of dust!

Topeak Basket

Topeak Basket

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Dahon Rear Rack

Saturday May 1, 2010

Dahon D7HG - New RackHaving recently invested in some panniers and a rack bag for my ‘epic’ ride across Britain, I thought that I should really maximise the use out of them (as they weren’t cheap!).

I’ve already fitted a Topeak Super Tourist DX Rear Rack to the Trek so I knew the quality of the product, and it was back to Wiggle’s website to order a second one, this time for the Dahon D7HG.

Removal of the Dahon rack was pretty straight-forward with the use of a 4mm allen key and a Philips head screwdriver to remove the mudguard attachment.

Once removed, holding the Topeak rack in place I realised the extent of the size difference.  The Dahon rack is obviously designed for the bike, whereas the Topeak rack is designed for larger wheel bikes and therefore sits quite high off the Dahon’s wheel – the underneath of the rack is about 4.5″ from the top of the tyre.  Due to this, the rear mudguard fixings wouldn’t reach the new rack and therefore could not be secured.  As a result I had to remove the mudguard completely.  To remove the bottom allen bolt from the mudguard, I had to deflate the rear tyre to enable the allen key space to engage with the bold – a far quicker (and easier) method than having to remove the entire rear wheel to gain access.

Dahon D7HG - ClearanceFitting the rack was quick and simple.  All the necessary fixtures are included with the rack and the only tool required is a 5mm allen key.  The rack uses the same fixing points as the original Dahon rack but I did select the lower fixing points on the back of the frame (near the wheel axle) to lower the rack slightly, if only by <1″.

The only thing left to do now is buy some new bolts so that I can fit my Cateye rear light fixture onto the rack.

I think the bike looks pretty good now.  Removal of the rear mudguard has improved the appearance of the bike – but the addition of the new rack should still provide some spray protection as it has a solid base plate.  The rack provides a good grab ‘handle’ to carry the bike when folded, which I think is a slight improvement on the Dahon rack.  The only slight negative to the rack is (perhaps) a slight increase in the weight of the bike – but it’s still not too bad.

A good modification to a great bike!

Click here to view larger photos on Flickr, or click on the individual images within this post.

Dahon - Folded

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Trek 4300 – Modified

Saturday March 6, 2010

Following on from the tyre post below, here’s the finished bike and a list of the upgrades.

  • Bioflex Ozone saddle
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres (and Schwalbe inner tubes)
  • Topeak Super Tourist DX Rear Rack
  • Ergon GC2 grips

Larger photos of the modifications over on Flickr.

    Trek 4300 Modified

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    Bike Storage Idea

    Saturday May 2, 2009

    Stumbled across this photograph of someone’s apartment showing how they store their bikes.  It’s a great idea and a great way of coping with a full size / non-folder in a small home.

    The rack is a Topeak Dual-Touch stand which they claim is:

    An elegant solution for storing your bikes. Looks great in the house or in the garage.

    I tend to agree and if I hadn’t sorted out the storage of my Trek, I’d certainly be considering getting one of these.

    [Via: Apartment Therapy]

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    Topeak JoeBlow Sport II

    Thursday April 9, 2009

    I was pumping my Dahon tyres up last weekend with the Crankbrothers Alloy pump I’d bought earlier in the year.  As I pumped away I thought that there must be an easier and quicker way to inflate these tyres.  Don’t get me wrong, the little Alloy pump is great but more suited for roadside repairs than general maintenance.

    So I ventured to Halfords this afternoon to pick up a Topeak JoeBlow Sport II track pump.  Now this makes pumping quick and fun!  It’s definitely something for the shed/garage and not for taking out on a ride, but with its size and weigh comes rapid tyre inflation and minimum effort.

    It’s very well made: steel tube and base, aluminium thumb-lock lever.  The hose swivels 360 degrees, it inflates to 160psi/11bar and includes ball adaptors.

    Now I have no excuse not to keep my tyres inflated.

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