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    Help Fitting "balloon" Tires On Bikes w/Fenders

    I would like to install Fat Franks, or something similar, on my cruiser. However I noticed that a 26 x 2.125 already has clearance issues with the fenders if the fenders are not in absolutely perfect alignment. Is there a trick that I'm missing? Or is mounting fat tires on a bike with fenders something that isn't really possible or practical to do?

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    Is there nobody here that has experience using fat tires with fenders installed?

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    I got Franks on a Worksman INB with Wald 962 fenders. There's a ton of clearance between the fenders and the rubber; the limiting factor in my situation lies between the seatstays.... I don't think I can go much fatter with the tires without them rubbing the seatstays....

    What I'm trying to say is, there's a lot of variables here. Beyond the tires, we need to consider which frame, which fenders, and even which rims we're using. Also, FWIW, the Franks tend to be pretty close to true size, whereas a lot of cheaper (low-buck Kendas, CSTs, Sunlite) cruiser tires might have the 2.125" label, but they're running closer to 2.0". Regardless, if you have a balloon bike, it'll probably fite fenders and ranks and, really, do you want to be running fenders that are out of alignment anyway?

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    Of course not!

    I'm just wondering what wiggle room there is to play with. I just had a good friend help me with measurements and it turns out my max at the seat stays is slightly too small. My max with wiggle room will be about 2.25". I think for now I am going to go with RetroRides for both of us. I can always look for a bike with better clearance, as well as the "perfect" tire size for this bike later down the road.

    Thanks Surreal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by customsteel View Post
    of course not!

    I'm just wondering what wiggle room there is to play with. I just had a good friend help me with measurements and it turns out my max at the seat stays is slightly too small. My max with wiggle room will be about 2.25". I think for now i am going to go with retrorides for both of us. I can always look for a bike with better clearance, as well as the "perfect" tire size for this bike later down the road.

    Thanks surreal!
    np =d

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yovolution View Post
    Its quite easy you must hold the Tyre and the balloon parallel with the rim
    Thank you Yovolution, the geometry of my stays and fork are a little bit too narrow. The fenders themselves would only need to be flaired/radiused a little bit to accept the fat tires.

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