I'm looking at the different pizza/porter/porteur racks available. The choices I've found start with the Specialized Globe Porteur and Wald racks at around $50 then jump up to the $140+ range for racks from Soma, Velo-Orange, Cetma, Pass and Stow, and Hawthorne. Range in width from 6" to 14", just less than the inside width of the drops. These racks also have the added benefit of being easier to strap a tent and stuff sack to than the Topit for bike camping.
The Vaya's trail measurement is around 65 according to an online trail calculator, and theoretically won't handle a front load as well as a lower trail bike. I don't foresee me hauling a very heavy load so it may not matter. My Vaya's a keeper and I won't be getting a low-trail bike anytime soon.
To test a load on the front, I strapped a gallon of water and my big U-Lock to the rack - about 12 lbs. total - and rode around the hood for a bit. Always willing to entertain the neighbors - what's that bike nut doing now, Marge?
|er, this weekend i will change the bartape|
|look ma, one hand!|
Then riding home on the Centennial Trail, I thought well maybe I should try no hands. For science. I tried it for a second and the bike didn't swerve all over the place. Then I was able to ride for a little bit sitting up. After that, my curiosity was satisfied and I didn't want to push my luck or get overconfident like I do sometimes.
Until I got near Northwest Blvd and wondered how the bike would ride on the short single-track trail between the end of Nettleton Street and NW Blvd. Again, for science. Woo hoo, made it without toppling off the side of the hill.
I'm satisfied that this bike will work of me, at least with a moderate weight on the front. Now to do some shopping, or learn how to weld.