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I was looking at my bike yesterday and thinking about making a rack to match my rear rack that would mount low just above the front fender using the fender mounting bolts. This looks on the surface as a good possibility that would also not block the headlight. Thinking further though, with a load strapped to the rack, would this block the airflow too much? Is that maybe why none of the rack makers design one for this location? Just curious.
 

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Unsprung mass. The TW's relatively heavy unsprung mass already works against its handling and ride. Mounting to the lower forks would make the problem worse. Also, anything mounted to the lower forks will get beaten to death on all but the smoothest pavement. Not a good idea.
 

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Good point qwerty...

Front racks are usually either above or below the headlight.

I suppose you could hang/mount stuff underneath the Cycleracks rack to keep from blocking the headlight?
 

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Unsprung mass. The TW's relatively heavy unsprung mass already works against its handling and ride. Mounting to the lower forks would make the problem worse. Also, anything mounted to the lower forks will get beaten to death on all but the smoothest pavement. Not a good idea.
Yeah, I thougth about the extra mass and jarring too. Blackburn used to make a front rack for mountain bikes 25 years or so ago. They quit making them shortly afterward for much the same reason, I think. Good point. How much stuff do I really want to carry anyway.



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Check out Manracks.com They made an updated version(last December)-which mounts above the head light-and I tend to think it mounts to the handlebar supports etc.-and not to the lower suspension
 
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