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Home made fenders(3 posts)

Home made fendersCartman
Apr 16, 2001 8:38 PM
They are forecasting rain for the next couple of days here in MA, also a posibility of snow!!! I want/need to ride, and I'm willing to ride in the rain. I've seen/heard that you can make fenders out of 2 liter soda bottles, anyone know how?
Fender thoughtsMass Biker
Apr 17, 2001 5:27 AM
The best bet is to get one of those nifty clip-on fenders that can be attached to your seatpost (~$15). It keeps your butt dry, but doesn't do anything for the guy behind you in the paceline. If you don't want to spring for this option (the best $15 I spent all winter...) you can go for a homemade option. Take a 2 liter soda bottle and cut a long strip about 3 inches wide (i.e. cut along the length of the bottle), but leave the nozzle/mouth intact. You stuff the nozzle into the space above your brake bridge/below where your seatstays meet up with your seattube. Duct tape this in place. It's not the most aesthetic solution, but it does work in a pinch (again, it won't make you any friends in the paceline). Of the two options, I'd vote for the store-bought version. Cartman - just go for it and get a second "B" bike with full fenders and 700x35c tires (like a touring or a 'cross bike) to cope with what Mother Nature throws our way here in MA. It doesn't even need to have a gear or derailleurs (but that is another thread altogether).
Fender thoughtsCartman
Apr 18, 2001 4:19 AM
Thanks for the input. I've seen the coke bottle fenders before, but I didn't pay close attention to the details. I was able o get out and avoid the rain yesterday (Tue). I've seen the snap on fenders for $15 at the LBS, if I'm die hard enough to ride in the rain, maybe I should invest in some.