"Rod Steward" (pec dec v2)
this one has been a long time coming! I failed miserably at having these manufactured 2 years ago (you may have noticed the proto here), and had all but given up on the idea and continued to sell the "bag o' parts".
ffffast forward - our good pal Sal at Shovel Research took on the project and absolutely hit it out of the park! She CNC machines and bends these out in Portland, along with a few other cool things.
these are rock solid construction with a great finish. the screw on rod/connection to the bags daisy chains is a Sal design, and it works fantastically. would recommend this as the best way to give your chest a lift if you are a tire buzzer or just want a little more support.
.:: SAL'S WORDS ::.
Please read everything below before purchase.
You will need at least a 4mm hex wrench and 8mm open-end wrench to complete installation, but you may also want a way to trim the 3/8” rod to suit your bicycle once you’ve determined the optimal height. A hacksaw and a file will do just fine if you work carefully.
One size fits most. The width is non-adjustable and is optimized for mid-blade mounts on wide-clearance steel forks. It is designed for multi-surface riding on rigid bicycle forks. It may also work on some mid-seatstay braze-ons, but will be too wide for most road bike forks and a no-go on rack strut eyelets (the ones toward the top of seatstays). The optimal application is at a 45˚ angle relative to the steerer, as shown in photos. For more on what fork widths will work, read the installation guide linked below and visit the spacers page.
Have a tall or large-tired bicycle? 29er? Bag from a different maker? Check the dimensions PDF linked below - it has info you’ll need to determine if it will work for you. All “Rod Stewards” currently for sale on the site are the standard length, but the maximum dimension they can be made to is also shown in the drawing. Email me if you’re interested in an XL so I know whether to include them in the next batch.
Please read and follow the recommendations in the installation guide. The PDF will also be linked to in your packaging.
Accessories are available separately, such as light mounts, extra crossbars, or spacers. In future batches, there will be an option for black anodizing in addition to clear.
No returns are accepted for any reason except a defect in workmanship that compromises function. Please reach out if you have any concerns about your order.
1)This product cannot be used without a bag. Never ride your bike with the Rod Steward attached and no bag.
2)This product is not a rack replacement! It’s designed to triangulate the hanging weight of the bag against your fork or frame in order to reduce movement over rough terrain, not to lift its full weight. If you bag does not have enough room to hang from the bars or saddle loops, then this accessory is not designed to work with it. In such a situation you should support the bag with a traditional rack.
The “rod steward” is a bag support designed around the Ron’s Bikes fab’s chest. The 11” crossbar fits a small chest and the 14” crossbar fits a large. These are made by me in Portland, Oregon from 6061-T6 aluminum (3/8” rod), and weigh approximately 220g including hardware.
You’ll receive a cnc machined and engraved bent rod, a crossbar, two mounting clips, and all the hardware you need to attach them to your bike and bag. Read on to determine if your bike is compatible.