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fender help - rear brake bridge(4 posts)

fender help - rear brake bridgegtx
Feb 12, 2002 9:03 PM
my old Merckx frame has maybe 4mm clearance between the top of the tire and the bottom of the brake bridge. There is no way a fender is going to fit in there. Looking around on the web I've seen that some people just run the rear fender over the brake bridge, but I'm wondering if there's a better way. Maybe cut the fender in half and...? I'm thinking of ordering the narrow SKS plastic fenders. Thanks for any tips.
zip ties and ingenuitycory
Feb 13, 2002 8:20 AM
That's a common problem with racing-oriented road bikes. I don't see any problem with running the fender over the bridge if you can work it out. Grant Petersen at Rivendell (www.rivendellbicycles.com) has a section on attaching fenders with zip ties instead of the usual hardware that might give you some ideas. He claims it's much faster and just as secure as nuts and bolts.
zip ties and ingenuity... agree 100%mixinbeatz
Feb 13, 2002 8:58 AM
What I would do is go to the local hardware store and get some little metal clips which are used to mount small guage copper pipe. These will allow you to mount the fenders to the tubes above the quick release... I had very little clearence on my rain bike and I had to use primarily zip ties to mount the fenders under the bridge. I slid the sks mount clip to the other side of the bridge and mounted it to the tubes using zip ties. The clip that bolts onto the brakes, gives up a lot of that needed clearence. My advice... get various sizes of zip ties, electrical tape, duct tape, and a six pack of beer. Set 4 hours aside, it will be a religious experience.
thanks guysgtx
Feb 13, 2002 5:46 PM
yeah, I already got the other parts of the equation figured out (zip ties, beer, etc.), and have done it before--but on a cross bike where rear brake bridge clearance wasn't an issue. If I could combine the fork from my Merckx with the rear brake bridge from my other bike this wouldn't be a problem. Eventually I'll have a builder build me something around those cool new "normal" reach brakes so I can do this properly. For now I just want to find the most elegant solution possible. Thanks.