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:
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
Item #2 Quick Release Rack Mounting Kit
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.
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.