Commuting: Reduce Wear-and-tear on Your Rack

Quick Tip: To prevent sanding your expensive rack and panniers down to dust you can apply a little inexpensive tape (such as a cloth based tape like gaffer tape) to the the contact points. Using this method you will likely get years of extra service out of your kit.

Adding gaffer tape to contact points will reduce (or prevent) wear to the expensive ones--in this case: panniers

To save on weight, racks are made of soft aluminum, which is easily worn down by panniers rubbing against them

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Aaron Deutsch

About Aaron Deutsch

Aaron has always felt a passion for, if not a gravitational pull from, racing. Since being lured from the basketball court onto the track in 1993 he set 7 track & field records and medaled six times at the state level of competition.

He moved to the mountain bike in the late 1990s and won the Penn Cycle Buck Hill race series in 2000 in the sport class. He also placed 4th in the Subaru Cup XC race that year.

After moving to New York Aaron took up road racing and rode unattached for the first year and medaled in 2 races including a 1st place finish in the Kissena Race Series in 2007. In 2008 the Brooklyn Arches Cycling Club was formed and the results were immediate and consistent including winning the Cadence Cup Race Series in Brooklyn. He currently races with the Major Taylor Iron Riders Development Team

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