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Too many things to too many people Aug 28, 2011
By A. Marchant-Shapiro
I found the hopper disappointing, to say the very least.
First--the supports that extend out are set too far apart for most briefcases. Mine has a tendency to shift a few inches either way and drop down. Admittedly, it's a smaller briefcase (about 16" x 12" x 4"), but still.
Second--related--it's way too wide, and I had to mount it far back on my rack (an Axiom rack designed with setback) to avoid heel strikes.
Third, it's too deep. The outer supports are a good 6+" (estimated) from the back of the rack. Well, that may work for some people, but if you're carrying 6" of briefcase, you're unlikely to be on a bike (I may be completely wrong on this, but I carry AT MOST 2" of paper & c. in my briefcase. Books, clothing, etc., goes in a pannier on the other side of the rack).
Fourth, it's too low. It sits the bottom of the briefcase right at axle level. It's nice to have a low CG, but this contributes to heel strike.
Fifth, the mounting system sucks in multiple ways (let me count them):
(A) it consists of two (2) clamps that attach the top of the hopper to the top rail of your rack.
(1) this means that the rack hangs down from the clamps, so gravity will work at loosening this whole arrangement.
(2) the clamps are not designed for "oversized" racks, or anything that's more than about 1/4-3/8" diameter round. I modified them to work on my oversized tubing rack, and forget about attaching them to a Pletscher, or anything that doesn't have round members.
(B) the two clamps mean that the hopper is free to swing and bang on your rack/bike. I solved this with several heavy-duty cable ties. But you shouldn't need to do that.
(C) the two bungie cords that come with the rack are ridiculous. They're both way too long to use to attach a briefcase to the rack, and there really are only two spots (the outer rings) that you'd even want to put them. Bungies are scary things around spoked wheels in any event...if you're going to make use of them, you must be sure that they are good quality (these are now) and that they have secure pointing points (these don't) so they won't come flying loose and wrap themselves around your spokes (or you) causing an accident.
This is an interesting concept, but deeply flawed. My next step will be to try to make one for myself out of aluminum or steel stock and/or rod. Plans include: much smaller, better attachment points, and--if possible--a pannier style attachment that holds the hopper steady on the bike and allows for easy removal so I can use my other pannier. Thinking about it, two "J"-curves made of flat stock, two cross-members of flat stock, some drilling, good screws and nylock nuts ought to do it. Some mounting hardware like MEC sells, or even some simple hooks, ought to handle attachment.
The rack as it exists *might* be useful for surfboards or lawn chairs. At present, it's virtually useless for a bike-commuter who carries his or her briefcase.
A whopper of a hopper! Nov 09, 2008
By S. Marino
"ol' beach bum"
This is a great invention, especially for people living close enough to the beach to be able to save gas, parking fees, etc. Great idea for my bike.
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Surf rack Sep 01, 2006
By J. Riepe
The Bike Hopper Rack makes it easy to carry a body board on your bike. I used a backpack carrier and found it difficult to ride with a head wind. The rack should come with mounting clips.
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