TUBUS Airy rack, £135, www.tubus.com
Tubus, like Blackburn, has a well-deserved reputation for making durable bike racks. However, the company’s latest offering, the titanium Airy is aimed at weight watchers rather than long distance tourists. At just 222g, the Airy must be the lightest ever made. The mounting hardware adds another 50g or 90g depending on whether you use one or two rods.
The rack is designed to carry 30kg, a third more than its steel equivalent. For good measure I sat on the Airy and it survived my 70 kilos. The catch, of course, is that this rack makes your wallet a lot lighter too — at £135 it works out at 60p per gram, but that won’t stop the titanium enthusiasts demanding one.