I have a new road bike (Schwinn Fastback comp) and am now thinking of going on a coast to coast tour of America. The problems haunting me are that there are no mounts for a rear rack to carry panniers, and the bike has a carbon fork and seat stays, and am wondering if the extra weight will held with out damage.... (It is a medium bike and I am about 170 pounds)
First question, is there a rack on the market that attaches to the seat collar or post and also to the nut/screw that holds the wheel/hub onto the frame? This seems like it would work fine to support a good load, but I have not seen such a rack.
Second, I bought my bike from my local bike store and is still within the return date (up to sept 1st) would you suggest returning the bike for a touring bike. If so, what bike would you suggest around $800. They carry Trek, Schwinn, and Gary Fisher, mostly.
Thank you soooo much. ~John