Commuting - Planet Bike Cascadia Mud Flaps on Hardcore Fenders?
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06-27-07, 12:30 PM
Due to my own carelessness, I ruined the front mud flap on my Freddy Fenders hardcore roads. I've found on the Planet Bike site that they sell replacements ($5 free shipping). They also sell the longer 130mm Cascadia fender mud flaps which they claim works on the Freddy Hardcore Roads (also $5 free shipping). They look like a longer, more coverage alternative. I think I'll give them a try.
Anyone tried these mudflaps on the hardcores?
(P.S. please spare me the DIY alternative mudflap methods. I know I can make my own from a soda bottle or an old sofa or whatever, but I'm not going to. I'm perfectly happy to pay $5 for OEM replacements)
If no one responds and you end up trying them, let us know. I may get some.
06-27-07, 12:57 PM
I put Cascadia flaps on both my touring and ATB width hardcores, and they're great. I was able to make the swap without pulling the fenders off the bike, but drilling out the old rivets and putting the new (plastic) snap-rivets in would probably have been easier if I'd removed them.
06-27-07, 10:54 PM
I use them on my touring hardcores, and they are fully compatible. The original mudflaps on hardcores are ornamental IMO. Cascadia mudflap upgrade is great, and so cheap! A vast improvement in function. My chain and shoes stay much cleaner, and there is also less toe overlap. I love Planet Bike for providing the spare parts w/ free shipping...
I did have to remove the wheels and drill out the metal rivets...
06-28-07, 01:38 PM
Thanks for the responses. Nice to know there is less overlap, and improved coverage. That's what I was hoping for. And thumbs up to Planet Bike on cheap and easily available replacement parts.
I ordered a set, I'll post a follow up once I've had a chance to install and ride them a bit.
07-19-07, 10:20 AM
The Cascade flaps arrived promptly from Planet Bike, ($5 shipped !) Been riding with them for two weeks and yesterday we finally had some rain to ride in, here's my report:
- Installation: Was easy, no instructions included but i just pried off the backs of the old rivets cut them with snips, the new ones snap in by hand. You really do need to take the fenders off the bike to do it. But it's very simple. Thumbs up!
- Improved clearance. They are longer but don't stick out nearly as much as the originals, no overlap. My feet used to touch in corners, now they don't. Thumbs up!
- Better coverage. Due to the increased length, there is no question they block more water coming up off the front wheel. I was wearing sandals and I can feel how much splash is coming up. These are a big improvement over the originals. Thumbs up!
- Conclusion: While I can't comment on long term use yet, IMO these are a big improvement over the originals. If you have Planet Bike Freddy Fenders and are unhappy with, or ruin your flaps like I did, these are the ones to go with. I think they should spec these on the stock model.
07-19-07, 11:59 AM
I installed mine last week. I didn't like the plastic rivets, but I tried them and knocked the mudflap right off with a little kick. I got some blind rivets from the hardware store, but they didn't work well for me. I ended up running a zip tie through the two holes, which has worked great.
I, too, had damaged the front one. The occasional overlap causes the tire to rub right through the sleeve that holds the flap on the fender. The Cascadia doesn't overlap. I left the hardcore rear in place for now.
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