Most balloon tire bicycles came with a rear
rack. The racks generally came as part of the bike, not as an accessory, particularly
if you were purchasing a higher end bike. Generally, it’s going to be painted the same
as the rest of the bike. It comes with the bike. Now the balloon tire bike racks are
generally pressed steel. It’s all pressed steel; there are no bars, it’s all stamped,
nine holes. This has nine holes in the top; the classic nine hole balloon tire rack. A
lot of times, if you’re buying a balloon tire bike that has a rack, make sure this part
where it attaches here, make sure this is not cracked. These frequently get cracked.
If the rack is loose, the metal wedges back and forth and eventually breaks, so a lot
of times you find this broken. If you look over here you’ll see how this brace comes
down. Again, it’s flat metal stamped. It’s got some shape to it just to give it strength,
and it attaches down to the axle bolt. Other racks may attach to a different part of the
rear dropout, but this one just attaches right to the axle bolt. On some bikes, there’ll
be an attachment at this point. This particular rack is not attached at the top of the fender.