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Hints needed on adding fenders to a road bike(9 posts)

Hints needed on adding fenders to a road bikeBCRider
Aug 17, 2002 8:46 PM
Now before you all tar and feather me let me start by saying that I'm a hardcore commuter that rides 95% of his miles going to and from work in all conditions. But when the weather is fine and the stupid yard chores are all done I like nothing more than a nice cross town or country ride to clear the mind.


I live on the "sunny" West coast of BC where we know why ducks have webbed feet. So any bike that is going to be more than a fair weather ride needs fenders. Lots of the serious racers add fenders to their winter bikes for training 'round here too but most of them are content to split the fender on either side of the brake caliper. For me that will just not do it as the muck will foul the caliper pivots in no time. Also I like to run 25 mm tires for the extra cushion against pinch flats that they can provide. And these don't leave very much room for a fenders. I've been thinking of doing the split fender thing but use a strip of flexible vinyl to run through the caliper and fork or brake bridge area. I figure it'll be good for a season or two before anything happens to it. Or maybe it'll last longer. I'd stitch it to the fender on either side using some small drilled holes and some fine dacron fishing line. So what do you think? Any other ideas?

Obviously the first thing is to find a ride that has as much room as possible for starters. And before you start in on the touring bikes or cyclocross bikes I've already considered them. I LIKE the snappy steering of a true road bike versus a touring bike. Up to now cyclocross bikes have seemed like the answer and I will probably end up going that route but even a nice CX bike can't stand up to the light weight and responsiveness of an equivalent $ pure road bike.... Or am I all wet on this one?

Anyway I'd love to hear your thoughts on this idea.
Rivendell site tells how to do it with zip tiescory
Aug 17, 2002 9:13 PM
A lot of road bikes, probably most, don't have room for them these days, but sounds like you're on top of that. Grant Petersen at Rivendell ( has a good explanation of how and why to use zip ties instead of the regular hardware. Might check there for ideas.
FWIW, I read it, then used the hardware that came with the fenders. But it's worth looking at.
Rivendell site tells how to do it with zip tiesBCRider
Aug 17, 2002 10:11 PM
Thanks. I'll have a peek at that. But I already know about using zip ties. Done that already on my MTB and old 80's vintage Canondale touring bike. But the Rivendell people always have a new slant or two on old tricks so I'll go there and have a look.
get one custom-made for itDanoK
Aug 17, 2002 10:02 PM
I have a custom steel road bike that was specifically designed to have clearance for fenders, eyelets to easily mount fenders and a rear rack, and mirror my regular road bike geometry. I love it. I had it custom made in England, where there are literally dozens of small custom builders who not only build pretty much anything you want, but regularly build wet-weather road bikes just like this. Mine is a lugged Reynolds 531 frameset that I paid about 350 Pounds for. I couldn't be happier. I don't have to compromise anything with it. It rides great, the fenders, long-reach brakes, and rack fit perfectly without having to rig anything, and the full fenders make a huge difference in the wet roads. If you like, I can send you some web addresses of British builders.
get one custom-made for itBCRider
Aug 17, 2002 10:13 PM
Thanks but I'll hold off on the custom route for now. But it may be an option. If so I'd probably go for a Marinoni out of easter Canada. No customs hassles that way. You do make some pretty good points about the benifits of custom though.
re: Hints needed on adding fenders to a road bikeHereford Flyer
Aug 18, 2002 6:44 AM
Have you thought of using Salmon profile mudguards. They are designed for squeezing onto close clearance frames. They are about an inch wide and made of solid aluminium. Just do a search on and it should come up with plenty more info and prices.
Cheaper than getting a new bike!
re: Hints needed on adding fenders to a road bikeBCRider
Aug 18, 2002 8:16 PM
Those look pretty good. I'll have to see if I can find a source a little closer than England. That's all the links that came up.
Keep in mind that the Salmons...Ray Sachs
Aug 19, 2002 3:42 AM
...are made primarily to make tight clearance road bikes "audax legal" in the UK, where most audax events REQUIRE fender use. In addition to being pricy, they're quite narrow and offer limited protection. It's better than nothing, but for trying to keep yourself clean on a commute, I'd go for something with a bit more coverage, even if you have to jury-rig getting the fender past the fork/brake area.

check out www.planetbike.comroadcyclist
Aug 19, 2002 3:17 PM
Look for "Freddy Fenders". They have full fenders as well as clip-ons.