How to Mount a Rear Rack to a Bike

How to Mount a Rear Rack to a Bike
Bike racks have long been used by people as a means of transporting objects while riding a bike. Typically, lighter-weight objects--such as books, small bags and other items--are carried with relatively low weight and volume. However, there are people who use bikes for long-distance traveling and camping trips, which require larger bags and containers to be carried. Front and rear racks are available from several different manufacturers.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bike
  • Rear mount rack
  • Adjustable wrench
Step 1
Assemble the rack if necessary. Refer to the manufacturer's directions.
Step 2
Loosen the nuts at the rear wheel. The nuts hold the wheel to the seat strut upright.
Step 3
Remove the spacer or washer next to the frame. Remove the washers one at a time, being careful to not let the bike chain come loose from the gear teeth.
Step 4
Replace the washer with the flattened end of the rack upright support. The end will typically be flattened with a hole drilled for mounting onto the stud.
Step 5
Position the rack against the rear of the seat. Attach the rack to the seat using the included hardware.
Step 6
Tighten the nuts at the wheel and upright support, making sure the wheel is properly positioned and even between the uprights.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure to tighten all nuts and bolts associated with the installation.
Use caution when carrying large or heavy loads on the rack.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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