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FENDERS - the pictorial(18 posts)

FENDERS - the pictorialEric_H
Dec 4, 2003 11:49 PM
I've been meaning to do this for a while, as the question of fenders often comes up, but time has not permitted. Here are some shots of my winter bike, an older Marinoni EL/OS with a Dura-Ace/Ultegra 9spd mix. The fenders are Freddy Fenders Road from www.planetbike.com and the flaps are made from old plastic laundry bottles.

I have to give credit to my friend and teammate Jason for most of the work. He has lived in the wet climes all his life and he is a fender master.
Rear wheel detailEric_H
Dec 4, 2003 11:53 PM
The rear flap is essential for group riding when it is wet, to keep riding partners happy. The flap is just zip-tied to the fender, and I think I might have to make this one a bit longer. Clearance is tight - I can use a 23mm Vredestein Volante or Fortezza, but a 23mm Michelin Megamium is too tight and will rub.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I did not wash the bike. Pardon the dirt, but it is my winter bike!
Front wheel detailEric_H
Dec 4, 2003 11:55 PM
The front flap really helps to keep the feet dry and the drivetrain somewhat cleaner. Lots of people skimp on it, but it makes a huge difference.
Rear mount #1Eric_H
Dec 4, 2003 11:59 PM
This shows the fender at the rear brake bridge. Small holes were drilled in the fender to accomodate the zip ties. This has to be done to get the fender high enough to clear the tire, using the mounting hardware provided will not work.
Rear mount #2Eric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:01 AM
This bike has no chainstay bridge for the fender to bolt onto, plus it has short chainstays. Zip ties to the rescue again!
Rear mount #3Eric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:05 AM
To bolt the struts to the seatstays, I used some rubber-coated U-clamps poached from a LBS. They are also available at most hardware stores. Tape was used to build up the diameter of the chainstays for the clamp. Use nylon locking nuts, they stay put.
Front mount #1Eric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:08 AM
This shows the front fender from the backside of the fork. More zip ties, again because the fender has to be sucked up tight against the fork to have enough tire clearance.

Pardon the rusty brake bolt....geez, do I look after my bike or what? Riding in a Pacific NW winter certainly lowers ones standards of cleanliness and maintenance! That is why we call them winter bikes....
Front mount #2Eric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:12 AM
From the front, showing the tight clearance. The front fender extension at the top had to be shortened, when it was longer it would sit crooked and rub against the tire. It still sits a bit crooked. Oh well.
Front mount #3Eric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:14 AM
More rubberized U-clamps, electrical tape, and nylon locking nuts.
In summaryEric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:28 AM
Hopefully someone will find these shots useful. Adding fenders is possible to almost any road bike, with some patience, a drill, and a few beers. The hardest things to overcome that I have seen are rear carbon monostays (like a Trek OCLV or many bikes with rear carbon seat stays), and most full-carbon forks as they have less clearance at the crown.

Why ride in the cold and wet of winter? So you can "enjoy" the spoils of summer (me at Tour de White Rock 2003, in front). I long for the hot summer days....
Thanks very muchDave Hickey
Dec 5, 2003 4:45 AM
That is very helpful...
re: FENDERS - the pictorialkoala
Dec 5, 2003 5:48 AM
Thanks, just built a nice beater(8speed record) and was about to buy fenders. Timing is perfect. Great shot of you racing, and love the paint on your winter bike.
thankstarwheel
Dec 5, 2003 8:20 AM
Your shots are really helpful. But damn, I'm looking for excuses NOT to ride in the cold winter rain.
Good post--thanks. But what worries me is they look GOOD to me.Cory
Dec 5, 2003 9:52 AM
Thanks. I did a similar thing, though simpler and not so sanitary, on my singlespeed. We only get six or seven inches of rain a year around here, so I haven't added the flaps.
What worries me, though, is that since I put my fenders on (silver Zefals on a dark blue frame), they're starting to look good to me. I've been eying my other bikes thinking about how I could mount them....
cool shots. I wish my frame had that much clearancegtx
Dec 5, 2003 9:54 AM
But I would have had to cut the fenders in half or go over the top of the rear brake (I've seen people do both--just didn't feel like getting that nutty). No way anything would pass under the rear brake bridge on my early 90s steel Merckx. I also like to run 700 x 25s, especially in winter, which means even less room.
Nice work! Thanks for the post! (nm)GFocker
Dec 5, 2003 10:13 AM
Normally I'd rail on ...eyebob
Dec 8, 2003 12:31 PM
the narcissism of posting a pic of one's self stomping a climb in full team kit, but after that awesome post (easily the best i've seen on fenders around these parts) I'll let it pass. Thanks for the detail.

BT
Nacissistic tendenciesEric_H
Dec 9, 2003 11:02 AM
Yeah, you are right, it was a bit self-indulgent. But I just wanted to show picture with some sunshine in it after putting up all the shots of my dirty winter bike. FWIW, I was not at the FRONT of the race, it just looks as though I was :).