I will be touring extensively this summer; likely a three month tour around the eastern US and Canada. I assume I'll need both front and rear racks. I backpack and have some light gear, so while its a long tour I don't expect it will be an unreasonably heavy load.
My bike is a Niner EMD, a 29er aluminum hardtail with a steel fork. It has no eyelets. I don't have the cash to invest in a new frame, and this bike works great the way it is. I'm thinking p-clamps are the best solution for racks and fenders... got some questions about it though:
1. Can p-clamps be used for both fenders and racks on the same frame, front and rear?
2. Are p-clamps strong enough for extended touring? Has anybody here used them before with success? Any tips/tricks?
3. If p-clamps aren't feasible for racks, what other reasonably priced options are there? I'm a grad student without much cash to spare at the moment, so new Old Man Mountain racks aren't really within my budget. I'd love some used ones if they're around, but I don't see them come up much on ebay or craigslist...