All posts tagged Rack

  • Necessities: My Cetma 5-Rail Front Rack

    cobi_kleiber-6cetma 5 rail front rack

    If there’s one piece of equipment that’s really changed my bicycle’s capabilities, it’s the 5 Rail Front Rack from Cetma. Since adding one to my Factory Five F550 about a year ago, I can confidently say that my life has improved; especially  when it comes to grocery shopping and heading out on skate missions. I spend 3-4 days a week out skating and filming, getting the worst back pains from carrying a heavy camera bag all day while skating. Since getting myself a Cetma rack, I’ll now simply strap my board and Chrome Niko bag to the rack using bungee cords and roll from spot to spot. Not only is my back much happier, I arrive at each spot with a head start on warming up. I also no longer have to deal with dragging all my gear through the metro.

    With summer right around the corner, the 5-rail rack will be getting even more use. During the winter months, I don’t really mind carrying a backpack as it keeps me a bit warmer. Though in the warmer weather, my stance on backpacks is the opposite; I avoid them at all costs even though I end up carrying the same amount of gear. When you’re already getting sweaty from riding the last thing you want is extra weight and sweat on your back. The solution? Strap whatever you’re carrying to the rack and cruise in comfort!

    The Cetma 5-Rail is a breeze to install and remove as well. In the time it takes to change a tube, you can either install or remove your rack…though I just keep mine on at all times. If your main ride is lacking cargo carrying capabilities and don’t want to go the pannier/rack route (or your frame is lacking the eyelets), then you should take a good look at the offerings from Cetma.

  • Blackburn Central Trunk Rack Top Bag




    The good folks at Blackburn were kind enough to set me up with one of these Blackburn Central Trunk bags, designed to sit atop a rear rack. In the past, you probably wouldn’t catch me sporting such a bag since they’re usually a bit of an eyesore, but this Blackburn has done this rear rack bag right. The material is durable and even come with a rain cover for those messy commutes.

    The interior is compartmentalized with built-in mesh pockets, fleece-lined zipped exterior pockets and my favorite feature: customizable dividers. They’re much like a camera bag, which is perfect for me since I tend to carry a camera with me often.

    I’ll be sure to post some photos of this bag in the field. I’m in the midst of getting parts together for a new track bike, so stay tuned for that as well.


  • Ahearne Cycles: Custom Brazed Rear Rack

    This bike’s gonna be a touring beast! Check out Ahearne Cycles’s Flickr to see this rack come to life.