The VO Constructeur Rear Rack fills the need for an elegant, small, and sturdy rear rack for those of us who don't need a touring rack. It will accept a set of small panniers for a multi-day trip, serve as a platform for a saddle bag, or carry a rack-top bag. It is just big enough for a couple of baguettes or a bottle of wine. A Sunday New York Times, a few books, or a box of doughnuts might also make an acceptable load.
It is our version of the rack made by Alex Singer and other legendary French builders. As with the classic racks, ours has proper bosses for fender mounting. An optional and detachable strut (Rack Strut, item RA-0035) connects to the brake bridge for those unfortunate bikes with plastic fenders or no fenders.
It's made from strong stainless steel tubing and polished to a nice shine. It won't rust like painted steel racks or quickly fatigue and crack like aluminum racks. The quality is actually superior to that of many custom racks (one very well known bike-builder quoted a price of $350 to make a similar custom rack). In short this is a real load carrying rack meant to last a lifetime, not a lightweight aluminum "style-rack."
The mounting tangs are drilled in two spots to make it fit most bikes with 700c, 650b or 26" wheels. The platform is about 11cm x 26cm. About 385g. The straight portion of the platform is about 150mm between the cross-pieces.