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Made in Oakland, CA, Pass and Stow racks are brass fillet brazed 4130 chromoly tubing. The design is a nearly universal front or rear rack that’ll fit a wide range of stuff and mount to just about any standard fork that has a drilled crown and lower rack mounts. The position is adjustable to level it out, and a couple of sizes are available.

Each one comes standard with internal wire routing for generator-powered lights, and an option mount for head lights sits below the rack’s surface so your illumination won’t be blocked by your cargo.

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Racks are $280 in standard or tall sizes, and the Paul Components Gino light mount is $24.

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They don’t really make custom stuff, but they do have fun with their trade on occasion.

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They also had this little accessory called the Bart Brake. It’s a simple strap with spring loaded catch that lets you pull your brake closed and hold it there, hands free, which could be useful for cargo bikes.

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boom
boom
6 years ago

On the Bart Brake – I’ve always just used a toe strap when I’m pulling my trailer. You can usually ‘find’ them for free!

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  boom

I use a cut up section of old tube and just leave it on the handlebar when not in use. There’s also similar dedicated fancy silicone rubber bands, velcro straps, and whatever for this purpose already on the market often sold as flickstand replacements. It’s not really a novel idea.

Michael Hirsch
Michael Hirsch
6 years ago
kbark
kbark
6 years ago

All racks seem to be very high in price. Somebody should come up with an Erector set type system. You get a bag of parts that can be configured into all kinds of racks but you have to design and assemble it yourself.

I just don’t see $200+ in materials, assembly, or R&D there.

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  kbark

It’s brazed in the USA. If you want a cheap rack welded in Taiwan, there are lots of other options, although they still aren’t that cheap.

ABW
ABW
6 years ago
Reply to  kbark

Think about it this way – those joints are as difficult to braze and finish as the joints on a bike frame. And there are three times as many. You’re right, there are overall fewer materials used, but the labor is intensive.

CTP
CTP
6 years ago
Reply to  kbark

If you don’t see $200 there then you have no idea how things are made.

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

I think the name “BART” refers to Bay Area Rapid Transit, which is the mass transit train system in and around Oakland. You can take your bike on BART, but the designated area is just an area without seats against the side of the train. The “brake” would prevent your bike from rolling away when the train is moving or stopping. In any case, a small length of paracord and a cheap spring toggle cord stopper is all you need to accomplish the same thing.

I like the yellow paint on the rack though!

curtisinglis
curtisinglis
6 years ago

Matt Makes amazing racks. I have used them for years on three personal bikes and sold many to customers. They are priced very reasonably when you see how much thought and effort goes into making them work great on so many styles and sizes of forks.

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