Are about to leave on a trip around the South Island of NZ in a couple of weeks. This will be my first cycling tour so I'm spending a lot of time getting set up. Due to insufficient funds I'm doing this trip on my 06 Giant xtc2 with a Surly Instigator fork installed. Now the problem starts with trying to attach a cheap Bor Yueh low rider front rack. I've mounted the lower mount through what I gather is the fender eyelet using an extra long bolt with nuts as spacers to bring the racks out enough to clear the thick legs of the fork.
Now the problem is with attaching the top of the rack to the fork leg. In the absence of an eyelet, they've provided a U clamp. Now the problem is that the holes in the rack this goes through lines up perfectly on the disk side of the fork with blocks on the fork the hydraulic disk hose is attached to, and there seems no way around this.
So what I've tried is some extra thick cable ties. They're about 5 mm wide. I've put a couple around the leg and they seem very secure. But am I taking a crazy risk touring NZ with such a setup, considering my big bags are going on the front and it will be taking a fair bit of weight?