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Fenders(11 posts)

Feb 25, 2003 4:48 AM
Is there a way to put fenders on a bike with no dropouts? I just got some Planet Bike Hardcores in and realied they won't fit my Raleigh r-700. Thanks.
re: FendersMJ
Feb 25, 2003 5:13 AM
Man, that's ugly!!Alexx
Feb 25, 2003 5:59 AM
On a steel bike, you shouldn't have any problem making mounts with friction tape, several small hose clamps, and a few bits of connecting straps. You can often find things in the hardware aisle at home depot for such projects. It sure beats counting on zip ties, leaving your fenderstays bouncing all over the place!
Duct Tape & Zip Ties. It's ugly but it works. nmMB1
Feb 25, 2003 5:30 AM
mb1, in your last ride report, i did not see any mudflaps,...JS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 6:25 AM
do you guys not use 'em?

I recently reinstalled fenders on my 'cross bike (broke the rear fender on my old set) for this lovely belgian spring we're having, and--though the bike and upper 2/3 of the rider stayed mostly dry--had shoes full of road spray after a couple hours last weekend. i suspect if anyone had been riding with me, they'd not have much enjoyed the draft.

i've seen those leather and milk carton, home-made flaps, but they sure are ugly.

any advice?
Waterbottles and Zip Ties make great mudflaps.MB1
Feb 25, 2003 6:59 AM
Yes we use mudflaps on our fenders. I made them out of old waterbottles and zip tied them to the fenders. Match the curve of the bottle with the curve of the fender and it works pretty good.

A picture is worth a thousand words...
any design deviations for the front ones? nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 7:03 AM
Just make sure they are long enough to keep your feet dry.nmMB1
Feb 25, 2003 7:07 AM
best 2003 cycling fashion advice!!! thanks!!! :) :) :) :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 25, 2003 7:18 AM
Feb 25, 2003 9:00 AM
Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I said dropouts when I meant eyelets. The bike is aluminum. I'll look at ziptying them on. I have a Motobecane that about 5 years old so maybe I'll fix that up instead. It's got eyelets front snd back.
Zipties are the only...thisendup
Feb 25, 2003 8:50 PM
way to go. Despite others admonitions, serious touring cyclists are never without a few extra zipties for roadside repairs. What makes them great for fender installation are the infinite mounting positions and the fact that they will not move once installed. I've done two 1000+ mile tours on the same set of fenders and zipties, not to mention countless city trips in between.