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peter maus

I think the pipe clamps are a good idea. What if you got a longer piece of the threaded rod (i think it's called "all thread" since it is all threaded)and take it back around the fender to the other chain stay. That could help the trailing end from getting bumped into the spokes. I would also add a P-clamp to attach it to the fender.

Travis Von Potter

I had a very similar problem when I made a Pannier-style bike cooler. the back of it would always end up in the spoke. I snagged a chunk of 3/4" aluminum strap metal from work. I then drilled a hole for my axle to slide through. I angled it to the rear of my bike and put a slight 90 degree bend in it for rigidity. The cooler now resides outside the spokes where it should.

This hack was performed on a threaded axle though,and I am not sure how it would work with quick release skewers.

Good luck!

Von Potter - Back Alley Bikes

Maple Leaf

It's a "chain stay" on both sides.

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