Hi, anyone any experience with Nitto M18 racks?
Or similar Randonneur racks?
I just got a Nitto M18 but really struggling to find appropriate/safest bag/luggage to fit - 5kg rating.
I've come across Roswheel trunk bag (8L), and a trunk bag from Mirider (10L)
both i think too big for the rack, and could potentially go over weight.
I've also seen Carradice barleys and Giles Berhouds on this type of rack - they're ok but respectively not easy to carry around, expensive... etc
If i can, i would prefer to avoid using a Wald basket, but might take up that option later for other kinds of cycling.
Want something ideally to take off and on regularly, commuter style, but that can actually fit anything from groceries to equipment, and potentially bike packing one-night stay stuff. So wondering if just a lashed dry-bag is my best option.
I've a 2000's addax road bike, drop bars, normal caliper brakes .. not all that audaxy.
Also, i would be really interested to hear if anyone has any info on front racks safety precautions or things to avoid, other than the obvious. Recently been reading about front racks that use the fork brake centre hole and front fork dropout brazes or p-clipped to fork legs (3 point) being at risk of failing, mainly at the tang to brake, locking front wheel.
To prevent this I'm getting a 'manny' strap that connects the tombstone of the Nitto with the handlebars. I haven't had to modify/bend my Nitto M18 tang other tan use a spacer to avoid the headset.
Related is i wonder if anyone has heard of/had experience of foreign object getting in way of the Nitto M18/Randonneur long stays (from dropout to rack) and wheel, causing an accident. I only ask because this happened to me recently with SKS Bluemels. An accident i definitely don't want to repeat (i did have the SKS safety stay things - wheel still locked up ):
really appreciate any thoughts.