More Energy than Sense
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 155 miles north of Spokane
Bikes: Thorn Sherpa, Co-Motion Custom Road, Salsa Fargo, Mercian King of Mercia and Motobecane Fantom Pro 29er
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Assuming you mean the eyelets at the dropouts, not the seat stays. I am also guessing that you never retightened at any point in your tour which is more of a concern when you have an aluminum frame and steel bolts especially with the load you were carrying. It's easier to stip an aluminum eyelet vs steel. I would think that they should be able to handle a rack especially since it's a cyclocross bike so the eyelets were not intended to be used with traditional type of fenders due to clearance for mud etc... If there is enough space, more of an issue on the drive side, you can use a longer bolt and a nylock nut on the inside which would keep things tight and almost eliminate the bolt from coming loose. If you can add a larger washer, that would also help. I would be curious to hear what Cdale has to say but guessing they are goint to tell you, you should have just checked it periodically and re-tightened as needed.