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I have a great old Trek roadbike that I want like the dickens to put a pannier rack on.  But the sweet little thing has no grommets in the frame for such an endeavor.  Has anyone successfully used a seat-mounted pannier rack and not hated it?  I was looking at a few and the obvious drawbacks are stability and load restrictions.  


this one seems like my best option:


Thoughts?  Advice?


many thanks!



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I think p-clamps are what you're looking for.  They'll mount on your seatstays and provide a place to anchor your rack.

Thanks!  I will try those. 

Do I need to get four of those?  There is nothing near the dropouts to anchor my pannier rack.  Does this limit the load capacity?


Are there ANY grommets to screw into?

If you have lower ones but no upper ones this might help


or this might do the whole thing for you


Good luck!!


 Item #2   Quick Release Rack Mounting Kit

Quick Release Rack Adapter  Quick Release Rack Adapter Quick Release Rack Adapter Quick Release Rack Adapter

The photos above are of a quick release mounting system that works with most of the Tubus racks.  This adapter allows you to mount a rack on a bike without lower rack mounting eyelets, such as a race bike.  In addition, it moves the rack toward the rear of the bike, greatly increasing heel clearance for panniers -- great for bikes with short chainstay lengths.  The adapter consists of a longer quick release mechanism, and the curved stainless steel brackets that slip over the quick release skewer and attach to rack.  $33.00 Set"


This also lets you mount to your quick release wheels, for a bike without eyelets.  You can then go and buy/use any rack out there, most come with the wrap arounds for seat stays. 

P-clamps can be found at Home Depot in the electrical isle by the zipties. They're not actually called p-clamps, and if you call them that the HD staff won't know what you're looking for. They may be called wire clamps, pipe clamps, or hose clamps. I used them in many different applications for touring; front rack, mid fork lowrider mount, rear rack mount, fender mounts...They've never failed me.


I don't recommended the quick release rack. That's just a bad idea.


I had a similar problem mounting a rack to a bike without eyelets a while back. I ended up going with p-clamps and I've never had a problem with them failing or loosening up or anything. I gotta agree with Kevin above, that quick release system has a metal arm that goes from the rack to the quick release skewer. That metal piece doesn't look any stronger than a p-clamp. Plus in my experience, the bolts that secure p-clamps are the same size as those that go through your eyelets on regular rack mounts. In my experience, p-clamps will hold up to the 40-60 lbs that your rack is probably rated for, so they are a perfectly acceptable solution.


Plus, I'm sure that if you need to move the rack farther back on the bike for heel clearance, you can simply buy those little metal J-shaped pieces and use them with your p clamps.

I was just at thebikelane bike shop yesterday,they are just across the street from the Congress theatre.They had a set of seat-mounted pannier just like your link.You might want to go over and look at them in real life and see.Can't remember the price.
I used a Bontrager seat post rack on my 29er that I took on a 250 mile ride on dirt roads and it was great. No issues with stability and it probably had about 20 pounds on it.

Far nicer is:

They provide clamps that you can put on your frame's seat stays to allow for bikes that don't have braze-ons.


I've used seat several post racks over the years because my kids' bikes are too small for normal racks, and we bike commute to school each day.  Seat post racks are okay, but generally don't last as long, carry as much, or are as stable as regular bike racks.  The best that I was able to find was the Delta Post Haste (quick release) rack.  It's lasted longer than anything else we've tried and has the added bonus of being able to be removed for putting the bike on a car carrier, etc.


The beast-monster rack I use on my regular bike actually mounts to the brake buses rather than any brazeons.  You might consider that option as well.





Do you have lower rear eyelets (just above the dropouts)? If so, you can maybe find an adapter that allows you to mount racks through the eyelets. I just did this on my older road bike with a campagnola brand adapter. Some sort of spacer might also work there.
I ended up going with a middle of the road rack (topeak) and using some p-clamps with much success. The only drawback is that I have precious little heel clearance for the monster panniers I bought.  I will have to hunt down those j-arms that they show in the quick release mounting system to further my clearance.  Other than that it's holding up amazingly.  Thanks to everyone for their replies.  Fast, solid advice.


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