How to prevent bags from hitting your rear wheel or disc brake on a FreeRadical or Leap Bolt-on Kit

One issue that you might experience if you are using a FreeRadical or Leap kit with a wheel size larger than 20" is that the bags might bump into the rear wheel or disc brake rotor when full or when a passenger is on board and their feet press the bags towards the wheel. This is caused by the space between the FlightDeck and FreeRad / Leap frame being wider than that of the EdgeRunner (which uses a 20" wheel) and tension is reduced on the bags because of this. If you are experiencing wheel bag bump on your FreeRad or Leap kit, check to make sure the lower straps attaching the bags to your frame are nice and tight. If these straps are as tight as can be but you are still experiencing this issue, preventing it from happening is a super easy fix. You have two options. 

Option #1: Use a lash strap to create a barrier

This is a super simple fix that can be resolved with an Xtracycle CinchStrap, a lash strap you might have handy or a lash strap from the camping section of your nearest outdoor supply store. You have the option of putting on a horizontal lash strap (green strap), a vertical lash strap (blue strap) or one of each. 

  • If installing the horizontal lash strap on a bike with a tire that DOES NOT exceed past the rear most V-rack (like in this illustration), you can lash one strap around both V-racks as long as the strap is long enough. Be sure to cut off any excess strapping and seal it (with polyester straps, this can be done by slightly melting the end with a match or lighter) or make sure the excess strapping is tucked away and will not get tangled in the rear wheel.
  • If installing the horizontal lash strap on a bike with a tire that DOES exceed past the rear most V-rack, you cannot lash the strap around both V-racks but will need to lash a strap around each individual V-rack. This will require two straps, one per V-rack. Be sure to cut off any excess strapping and seal it (with polyester straps, this can be done by slightly melting the end with a match or lighter) or make sure the excess strapping is tucked away and will not get tangled in the rear wheel.
  • When installing the vertical strap, you can install it on both V-racks with one strap. This can be accomplished by threading the strap underneath the chainstay near the rear drop-out on both sides and making sure it goes over the top of the Flight Deck. If using a MagicCarpet, have the strap go under the MagicCarpet for rider comfort. Be sure to cut off any excess strapping and seal it (with polyester straps, this can be done by slightly melting the end with a match or lighter) or make sure the excess strapping is tucked away and will not get tangled in the rear wheel.

Option 2: Use Leap WheelSkirts

WheelSkirts are a coated mesh panel that protects rider's legs and bags from the rear wheel of an Xtracycle EdgeRunner or bolt-on kit. Installing a set of Leap WheelSkirts on your Leap or FreeRad kit and installing the bags over these WheelSkirts will create a high tension barrier panel protecting your bags from the rear wheel. Leap WheelSkirts are intended for bikes with 26" and larger wheels. EdgeRunner WheelSkirts will not work unless your kit has a 20" rear wheel, like the EdgeRunner.

Still have questions about protecting bags from your rear wheel or installing WheelSkirts on your kit? Drop us an email at support@xtracycle.com and we'd be happy to help.