Photos by MJ Klein
When I bought my Artifice recumbent trike, it came with a rack that was installed by the factory. I wanted to install a Topeak rack like I had on my MTB but I wasn’t sure if the Artifice rack was too custom to replace with a consumer rack. After some investigation, I was able to install the rack that I wanted on the Artifice. Here’s what I did:
This is the rack that came with the Artifice and my Giant saddle bags. One thing that I didn’t like is how the saddle bags look, and the fact that they hide the beautiful alloy wheel.
This is the Artifice rack with the saddle bag flipped up and out of the way so you can see the alloy wheel. The rack is attached in the front by the two natural colored aluminum stays that attach to the trike frame just in front of the rear wheel. If I could attach the new rack to those aluminum stays, then the install would probably work.
This is the Topeak rack with the bag attached to my MTB. The front of the rack is attached to the MTB frame in the normal way: with brackets that bolt up to the seat stay tube. I measured this rack and found it to be within a centimeter of the dimensions of the rack on the Artifice. I took this Topeak rack off the MTB and prepared to install it on the trike.
These are the aluminum brackets on the stays that were attached to the front of the rack on the Artifice.
In this shot we see that I have hand-tightened the right side bolt into the stay bracket. I’ve placed the bolt in the left slot and I’m about to move the stay bracket over and bolt it up. This arrangement worked out very well. Once tightened up, the rack was rock solid.
This is a shot of the rack installed on the trike. Now you can see the nice real alloy wheel! The only issue with installing this rack is that the bottom attachment point interfered slightly with the plastic cap on the end of the QR axle. Next time I’m going to a machine shop, I’ll take the rack with me and grind off the corner of the mounting boss. For the time being, it works fine.
This last shot shows the expandable pannier deployed. When I need to carry a larger load, the expandable pannier is very convenient. Note: I did not have the elastic connected to the rack side frame.
So, it is possible to install your favorite rack on the Artifice after all!
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