I've got the touring bug and would like to add a lowrider front rack. I am about 230 pounds and already use a Carradice saddlebag (18 liter Nelson LF) for commuting. I've just received a set of small-ish matching panniers (32 liters combined capacity). Since I do not want to put any more weight on the back or add a rear rack the lowrider front rack seems like a good solution for distributing the weight. Also I might have some heel clearance problems if the panniers were mounted in the rear as my bike does not have a super-long touring wheelbase.
Trouble is, I've got a carbon fork so am in the market for a (chromoly) steel touring fork replacement. That in itself is an issue b/c my headset is 1" threadless and it is very hard to find one of those with mid-fork rack attachments and without cantilever brake posts. This one would be perfect but costs an extra $50 to have shipped from UK. I know that cantilever brakes are stronger but do not want to switch to those from my caliper brakes which are just fine. If anything I will put on some of those salmon brake pads for extra stopping power under load
So, that is my background story (any comments on that are welcome) and my question is with regard to this:
I am resigned to finding a regular steel fork and hope to be able to attach a lowrider rack some how. I've seen systems such as #4 on this page . This is the blackburn lowrider rack that I want -- what specifically will I need to be able to mount the rack? Would this mounting system be perfectly safe and stable? Is it worth the extra $50 to have the proper touring fork shipped and just go with that?
Thank you very much for any input.