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Old 09-28-09, 10:36 AM   #1
Viscaria
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Topeak Beam rack on road bike. Clamp to seat tube?

I can cram everything I need for even a long day trip into my Camelback, but I want to start doing some touring. I picked up a Topeak beam rack with a matching trunk bag on CL, but it isn't really the perfect solution. With the rack attached to my seat post the rack is about a foot off my rear wheel. Due to the size of my frame however there is space to stick the rack right through the seat stays and attach it to the seat tube. I searched the forum as well as Google and couldn't find anyone else who had tried this. Is there any reason that I shouldn't use the seat tube to mount the rack? Perhaps most frames just wouldn't fit the rack this way? There is one issue with doing this, and that is that I have cantilever brakes. I could either drill a hole in the rack for the cable or use this as an excuse to upgrade my rear brakes.

Also, before I get any flames, I know that I won't get much gear in a trunk bag, for my first trip I am planning to crash at friend's and relative's homes along the way, so I will just be packing food and clothes.
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