Jandd Low Rider Front Racks
Price paid: $50
Link: Jandd low riders
We bought these racks new from a dealer on eBay. They were the last essential piece of gear we needed for the trip. We paid $50 a piece for them, which was a fair price.
The racks themselves are one piece, no assembly required. They come with a small hardware kit that included four small hex bolts for your braze ons and four appropriately sized clamps with rubber inserts for forks without braze ons. The racks mount at the bottom to the rear braze on eyelets. The mid fork mounting is along a slot for adjustability. I found I needed to use washers for these mounting points because the hex bolt heads were not large enough to cover the width of the slot. On my Trek 520, I had to find a long enough nut and bolt as my mid fork braze ons aren’t tapped and the hole goes all the way through the fork, outside to inside.
The racks are painted black. The paint has already scrapped off in places where the panniers attach. It’s no big deal, just mentioning it.
So far they seem sturdy enough, with four mounting points and the crossover bar, which seems to add lateral stability.
They also lack pannier stops at the bottom, to keep the bags from sliding backwards. In use, however, my bags stayed in place 99 percent of the time. Carol’s front bags, however, have metal loops at the bottom attachment, not hooks, making attaching them to the bottom of the racks impossible. My work around was to use a tiny automotive hose clamp around the tubing of the rack at the bottom, positioned in such a way so that the clamps adjusting screw was facing down an inward. That’s what the pannier’s hoop was then clipped to. The trouble with that, is that road vibrations would cause the clamp to move, thereby releasing the bottom of the bag. Hitting a big bump cause the entire bag to jump off the rack, posing quite a danger. The on-the-trail fix was to velcro the bag to the racks. I am still working on a more permanent solution.
All in all, they seem like a good value for the money.
They get an A-.
Below: You can see the washer I used and how I had to run a bolt all the way through and use a nut on my 520.