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    Seat post mounted rack with adjustable seat?

    I just picked up a KS-950i adjustable seat post, and I love it! but I installed it without thinking about the Seat post mounted rack I have http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/MTXBeamRackE-Type

    I bought the rack to use to mount my lunch cooler on. It is too big to carry in a back pack.

    I have a feeling that I am unable to use the rack on my adjustable seat post. I tried mounting it on the smaller seat post but it is oily from going in and out of the bigger seat post.

    I tried mounting it on the bigger tube, but there is not enough room between the frame and the small seat post. What do I do? I do not want to get a rear rack and permanently mount it on there. I use my MTB as a commuter. I do not want to buy a separate bike.

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    What kind of bike? If it's a hardtail, you could just get a conventional rack that mounts to the dropouts and the chainstay bridge. They only weigh a few hundred grams, and I can't tell the difference in my bike's handling with one unless it's loaded. So it should work better for your commute without effecting how it rides on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix
    I do not want to get a rear rack and permanently mount it on there.

    I said I did not want to permanently mount a rear rack.

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    Consider a backpack-style cooler?

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    I already wear a hydrapak

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    You could just leave your seatpost mounted rack mounted to your old seatpost and swap the whole seatpost/saddle/rack assembly for your commutes. If you have a quick release and mark your heights it shouldn't be a big deal, and you'd only need to buy a second saddle.
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    Do you have to pack a cooler? I've been carrying the lunch in a plastic grocery sack in my backpack for years...no fridge at work. How much do you eat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Do you have to pack a cooler? I've been carrying the lunch in a plastic grocery sack in my backpack for years...no fridge at work. How much do you eat?
    I eat alittle bit all day. I fill a playmate cooler. Fruits vegetables, granola bar sandwich yogurt fruit cup. I drive a tractor trailer locally and my truck gets hot. I do not enjoy warm yogurt or sandwiches. My backpack is full of shoes and clothes to change into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    You could just leave your seatpost mounted rack mounted to your old seatpost and swap the whole seatpost/saddle/rack assembly for your commutes. If you have a quick release and mark your heights it shouldn't be a big deal, and you'd only need to buy a second saddle.
    This is probably my best option. Now I need to research saddles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix
    I eat alittle bit all day. I fill a playmate cooler. Fruits vegetables, granola bar sandwich yogurt fruit cup. I drive a tractor trailer locally and my truck gets hot. I do not enjoy warm yogurt or sandwiches. My backpack is full of shoes and clothes to change into.
    aah, the truck cab complicates things...my lunch goes in a cool cupboard at work, and I'm able to stash clothes/shoes at work as well. My yogurt is just at 'drinkable' temperature/texture by lunch. In your case I second the additional saddle/post option. Swapping them out would be easy, and you could keep the rack attached...super quick to change the bike from commuter mode to trail mode.

    I scored a really nice fi:zi'k saddle at a LBS in a discount bin once...they said lots of people buy a new bike with a high-end saddle, and swap the saddle out for a cheap gel one because they're not used to real saddles...they had a tub full of hundred dollar seats that they were selling for 30 bucks. I never thought about this before, but it makes sense that folks would be scared of them ...worth calling around to some shops before you order one.
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