Touring - Velo Orange Fender Installation!
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01-24-08, 07:52 PM
Anyone have experience installing these fenders or ones like them?
Trying to put them on my bob jackson tourist and the front fender doesn't follow the arc of the front tire like the jackson in this photo.
any ideas on how I can get it to?
thanks in advance.
01-25-08, 05:51 AM
First off, fitting fenders to a bike correctly is among the hardest things you can do in building a bike. It's easier to install shifters and derailers! So don't get down about it.
I like to use wine corks to space any big gaps--- just cut sections to fit the space (remember to try to fit the curve of the fender) drill holes in the middle for longer bolts and use Teflon nuts. You may want to run to the hardware store while you're out getting that wine. Zip ties are though of as getto by some, but they can work as well.
I've been told by a shop guy who really knows bikes that both Rene Herse and Alex Singer used cork installing fenders, so you're BK will be in good company.
Many modern fenders only have the one tie wire. you really don't need much fender forward of the fork, so many are designed short and not stayed. I use double attachment points at the fork, front and back of the crown to attach short fenders. I am speaking of the tabs that attach the fenders, not the wires/ties/stays in the photo. This allows me to dictate some rake ahead of the crown.
Of course if you have the room and the fittings, more points of attachment are better. I also run the tie wires to my rack if I install a front rack.
Order a few back issues of Bicycle Quarterly (http://http://www.vintagebicyclepress.com/contents.html) that have instructions on how to install metal fenders. The content of the rest of the magazine is well worth the cost. You are not going to find a Bicycling! magazine article on fenders.
01-28-08, 05:49 PM
So here is a pic of the Bob Jackson with fenders - Hope to get out for a tour this summer on it.
Took me a while and was glad to be interrupted by my daughter on multiple occasions - it allowed me time to reflect on my approach and come up with solutions that really worked - well we'll see after a real ride.
Thanks for ya'lls help!
That is one nice rig. Any idea what year it might be? I've always liked wide flanged hubs.
01-28-08, 07:42 PM
hey thanks - yeah its a 2000 Special Tourist
I may be unloading those at some point for a more modern wheelset......
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