One of my hobbies is making survival tins. I carry one with me at all times, generally in a pocket of my backpack.
I was tinkering around with an Altoids tin that I made into a first aid kit and set it down on the Topeak beam rack I have on my bike. I noticed how close the size of the tin was to the mounting groove on the rack.
My curious and tinkering mind stirred and I tried sliding the tin into the groove. It fit snug. I turned it over and did the same and noticed that the tin would not pop open due to the pressure on the sides. Not bad if I wanted to put a couple of useful tins on the rack. Good for a patch kit certainly.
Then something occurred to me. I have been trying to figure out a cheap way to imitate the mounting hardware for Topeak bags so I could mount items I have already (minimalist tinkering) with the rack with little success. I popped the lid off the tin and tried it in the groove. A perfectly snug fit! And it will not pop out. Mount that onto a hard backing and you have a compatible set up.
So now my tinkering fire has been lit again! (Dr. Horrible evil laugh ensues)
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