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I bought an Arkel Pannier (Signature H Urban Pannier series) and it doesnt need specific racks but you can put it on with hooks on your existing rack. I was faced with the same issues as you but the Urban Commuter H has been so convenient in putting on and off the bike with minimal effort. Only thing I would want is a better strap to carry it but it as ...
20lbs on one side of the rack is probably going to be a problem anyway. I would look at a fixed pannier on one side of the bike with a hook on the top of the rack to allow the backpack to hang opposite the pannier. Put a sheet of plastic or plywood to stop the backpack going into the wheel :) The take some of the heavy stuff and put it in the pannier. My ...
You might want to look into convertible backpack panniers. Mine is a little small by your standards but comes in a bigger version. It's cheap and not hard wearing so I wouldn't recommend it, but when I was looking there were proper bike luggage brands selling comparable bags with better mounting hardware.
There are some racks that mount directly onto the seat tube and utilise a quick release clamp; they only take a small load tho. This would avoid clamping onto the carbon. As others have hinted its not such a hot idea to do this as carbon is not designed for that kind of compression. You can find evidence of this with car racks where carbon frames are not ...
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