The Nitto Rack is an elegant, durable upgrade from the stock Brompton rear rack. The steel tube construction adds considerable strength, and many of our Brompton customers love this rack for their bikes. If you opt for a Nitto when you purchase your Brompton from us, of course it is installed for you. But if you chose to upgrade later on, installing the rack yourself may seem a bit daunting. We’ve made this technical guide for installing a Nitto Rack simple enough that even the most amateur bike mechanic can confidently do it themselves! (The White Nitto Rack shown in the photos is a Portapedal exclusive! Find it here.)
1. Remove the rear wheel. (If you’re not sure how, here’s a video.)
2. Loosen and remove the stop disc with a 10mm wrench. Finish unscrewing with your fingers.
3. Remove the nut and bolt holding on the L type fender stays on each side of the dropouts, if applicable.
4. Pull the brake free from the cross-bar and remove the existing rear fender.
5. In the next picture, you’ll see the sequence of the washer stack in conjunction with the rack tab and R type fender tab.
6. Install the front tab of the rack onto the brake bolt in the proper order.
7. Insert the brake bolt back into the rear triangle cross-bar. Note that the concave washer fits against the cross-bar.
8. Finger tighten the stop disc back onto the brake bolt and retighten with a 10mm wrench.
9. Attach rear tab of the fender to the rear tab on the rack. Tighten with an 8mm wrench.
10. Attach the rack stays to the rear triangle just above the dropouts. (Note that the bolts are facing the same direction.)
11. Remove your existing rear light or reflector from your existing bracket and install the bracket supplied as shown.
12. Bolt the rear light/reflector bracket to the rear cross-bar of the Nitto rack.
Then, just reinstall your rear wheel and you’re done! Just remember to double check all bolts for tightness.