Pass & Stow Racks

After posting photos of my LHT with its new Pass & Stow rack the other day, a steady stream of questions about the rack have been coming in. I thought it would be helpful to post some detailed photos and provide a bit of information.

  • Pass & Stow racks are hand-made by Matt Feeney in San Francisco, CA
  • They’re made from fillet-brazed 4130 cro-mo steel
  • They’re one-size-fits-all
  • Available colors are black and (sometimes) silver
  • They’re drilled for internal wire routing for use with generator lights
  • Retail price is $250
  • The light mount option runs an extra $25 and comes with both Euro and U.S. style mounts
  • Yeah, they’re expensive, but they’re tanks and should last forever
  • It took three weeks from initial order to delivery (your order may differ)
  • Matt was super easy to work with

Pass & Stow

22 Responses to “Pass & Stow Racks”

  • bongobike says:

    Wow, absolutely stunning work! The joints are flawless. Everything looks perfect. I can’t wait to see one in silver (nickel plated?). My hat is off to this craftsman.

  • Larey says:

    I received my Pass & Stow rack last Saturday. First off, Matt is certainly good to work with. Second, this rack very sturdy and well made. Third, it took about 10 minutes to mount on my Surly LHT.

    But then, I was surprised at how much heavier my bike felt. I strapped on an empty cardboard box and was shocked at the wind resistance. I took my new rack off the next day, thinking I would mount it on my underused townie-type bike which would become my dedicated shopper. The fork braze-ons are too low to mount the rack so I was thinking perhaps I’d try the Tubus adaptor, which looks like it might put things in the right position.

    But then I changed my mind, again, and mounted it back on my Surly LHT. Yes it makes the bike 2.25 lbs heavier, but the beauty of this rack is the ability to carry many different things, even when I didn’t bring the right pannier with me, so it belongs on the bike I use the most. Yes, the weight makes me a bit slower, but I’m old and slow anyway, so what’s the difference? I expect it will be harder to chain up to some racks (those stupid wave-noodle racks, anyway) but I’m already practiced at avoiding overstuffed parking racks.

    It’s all about utility and I’m looking forward to my new Pass & Stow rack adding greatly to the utility of my everyday ride.

    Finally – this thing needs a cool box that can be strapped on so random stuff can just be tossed in. And that might be a good sideline business for someone.

  • Alan says:

    “Finally – this thing needs a cool box that can be strapped on so random stuff can just be tossed in. And that might be a good sideline business for someone.”

    I agree. Apparently Matt is working with someone in SF to offer a strap on bag designed specifically for this rack. In the meantime there’s always a stuff sack and a pair of nylon straps from REI…

  • Stephen says:

    Alan, I’m beginning to wonder if you actually USE these bicycles. They are always so clean, so perfect!

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  • Michael Brisson says:

    Stephen said, “Alan, I’m beginning to wonder if you actually USE these bicycles. They are always so clean, so perfect!”

    It’s called ‘bike porn’, Stephen. Just like those airbrushed Playboy objects of lust, Alan offers us eye candy to drool over and fantasize about.

    And just like in our fantasies, there is no grease, no dirt, no scuffs or scratches, the accouterments are perfect and are the finest money can buy. That’s why we keep coming back to ogle and dream and desire.

  • Steve says:

    Any idea if this would work on a Surly Cross Check? It has one eyelet on the rear of the fork.

    Thanks.

  • Alan says:

    @Steve

    It’s undoubtedly adaptable. When you order a rack, Matt asks what kind of fork, braze-ons, etc. you have.

  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » Grocery Shopping says:

    [...] of grocery panniers, while the LHT is set-up with a grocery pannier, an Arkel Bug pannier, and a Pass & Stow front cargo rack. The front rack is used for things like bulk TP or our CSA veggie share (see photo [...]

  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » Freight Baggage Rack Bag says:

    [...] bag maker Freight Baggage is now producing a cargo bag specifically designed to fit the excellent Pass & Stow cargo rack. Matt over at Pass & Stow recently sent me a copy to try out and I’ve been putting it [...]

  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » A Compact Cargo Bike says:

    [...] they don’t sway when loaded. We chose the Tubus Cargo (88 lb. capacity) for the rear, and the Pass & Stow (25 lb. capacity) for the front. Both are built with chromoly and are triangulated to provide [...]

  • Kathryn says:

    Is that a 700c wheel on the LHT? I am trying to picture it on my 650b

  • Alan says:

    Yup, 700c.

  • Jay says:

    Alan

    Could you please let me know the dimensions of the racks platform.

    Thanks

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  • EcoVelo » Blog Archive » Front Carriers says:

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  • karloman says:

    Now, that is a properly designed and executed rack !
    As a function over form sort of guy (I think I am) I can only congratulate the people at Pass and Stow for such a no-nonsense product.
    I’m sure the parisian “porteur de journaux” would give it their total unrestricted approval !

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    [...] Duo lowrider front rack is rated for 33 lbs. Substituting a high-quality porteur rack like the Pass & Stow for a lowrider on the front can increase the carrying capacity of a conventional chromoly touring [...]

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  • eli koral says:

    im wondering about those lights you’ve got on there. they’re mighty fine lookin. i’m sure if i did enough digging i’d find a post about them somewhere, but it’s easier to ask.

    p.s. i just got the new design from matt. it’s collapsable so it’ll fit in a bike box. it’s just as pretty as the old design and super strong. i rode around my 200lb buddy the other day on it without a creak or bend! (not recommended apparently).

    thanks!

  • Alan Barnard says:

    Hi Eli,

    The light in the photos is a Fenix L2D flashlight. They’ve since replaced it with a model called the LD20. It’s essentially the same light with updated electronics. I now run a pair of L2Ds and they’re amazing.

    Thanks for the information on the new rack.

    Alan

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    [...] when I got my new bike (Civia Bryant) I rode it for a couple of weeks sans rack before moving my Pass & Stow over from my old bike. It was an interesting exercise, but I must say, I missed the rack and [...]

 
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