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Fenders(7 posts)

Dec 3, 2003 7:53 PM
I want to put fenders on my bike but there is not enough clearence between the brakes and the tire. Any advice would be helpful.
re: FendersLC
Dec 3, 2003 9:09 PM
cut the fenders in half, drill holes, and zip tie them to the brakes.
get thesegtx
Dec 3, 2003 9:37 PM
Just put 'em on my bike this weekend. Haven't tried 'em in the rain yet but they seem like a good design. They haven't been out long so ask your LBS about them or just order 'em from Colorado Cyclist. Not cheap but unless you want to get creative with the dremel tool and zip ties it's the best way to go. BTW, my LBS had 'em for $45.,28630,28631,28632,28626
I have the Raceblades, too...jtferraro
Dec 4, 2003 1:06 PM
I bought the black ones and installed them on my fixie. You almost can't see them b/c they blend in w/the tires, although the fender silver stays are quite visible. As you know, they aren't full fenders so don't give you as much coverage/protection from the elements, but they do keep the moisture/dirt off your back. I've used them in rain and the only part of my body that was a bit wet was my shin/ankle area. My LBS sold them to me for 15% off list.

I have the Raceblades, too...gtx
Dec 4, 2003 1:39 PM
One other thing I like about them is that unlike full fenders you can reach down and clear off your fenders when you run over glass, etc.
Anything is possibleEric_H
Dec 4, 2003 11:51 AM
I live in the greater Vancouver area, and we know all about fenders as our winters are very wet. Fenders and flaps are pretty much mandatory on any group ride if it is raining, Seattle is the same way.

Just about any bike can be made to fit fenders. Bikes with a carbon rear seat stay are tough, because they have very little clearance. The best fenders I have found are the Planet Bike "Freddy Fenders" for road bikes. They are very narrow and durable.

What you need to do in many cases is to drill the fenders and attach them with zip ties. Attach around the rear brake bridge, the rear chainstays up by the BB shell, and on the front fork zip tie around the fork. Then you need to attach the struts. If you have no eyelets, the best plan is to get some small U-clamps from a hardware store. They can be found with a rubber coating. Use them on the chainstays and bottom of the fork to attach the fender struts. You will need an assortment of nuts and bolts, preferably nuts with a nylon insert to lock them.

I have an older Marinoni with very short chainstays and a carbon fork that I managed to squeeze fenders onto. It works fine, but I have to use a lower profile 23mm tire like a Vredestein to avoid rubbing. I have been meaning to post pictures but I have had no time to get it done. I'll try to get some tonight, but I warn you the bike is dirty and I have no intention of washing it!
Fender pictures on Components message boardEric_H
Dec 5, 2003 12:45 AM
I just posted a few pictures of my fender bike on the Components board. It seemed like the appropriate place. Please have a look.