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Old 09-07-05, 03:58 PM   #1
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Fender and front suspension compatability

I'm weatherizing/winterizing my secondary commuter right now. I like the "full coverage" provided by Planet Bike's Freddy Fenders, but...my secondary (a hybrid/ATB bike) has a front suspension, and no eyelets down in front, meaning that for both reasons those won't work. So. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good round fender for the front of a bike that will work with a front suspension?
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Why not use zip ties. I've used them to mount fenders on bikes without eyelets before (though none with suspension).

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I'm weatherizing/winterizing my secondary commuter right now. I like the "full coverage" provided by Planet Bike's Freddy Fenders, but...my secondary (a hybrid/ATB bike) has a front suspension, and no eyelets down in front, meaning that for both reasons those won't work. So. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good round fender for the front of a bike that will work with a front suspension?
Get a pair of the ever useful rubberized cable clamps to put around the fork legs - these will provide the eyelets for the fender stays. Drill some holes through the fender and zip tie to the brake arch ( underneath the arch ). On a few older suspension forks, there is a hole through the mid point of the brake arch which you can use with the fender mounting bracket. If you follow these simple steps you can put a full-coverage fender on just about any suspension fork.
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Old 09-07-05, 06:34 PM   #4
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http://www.planetbike.com/fenders.html#
This is what I put on for a "front fender".... I had the same problem
This works great so far....
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Not quite full coverage but this is what I run on my hardtail mountain bike.



http://topeak.com/products/fender_001.html

The bracket that supports the front fender screws underneath the fork.
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I have the full Freddy's on my front suspension bike which also does not have any eyelets.

What I did was get 2 longer (but same thickness) pieces of rod to use as the fender support rods from the local hardware store and made my own custom ones.

In the garage, I made a curve like the letter "C" on one end each of the new support rods then hammered these "C" ends flat as a washer. Once this was done I loosened the front tire axle nuts and slipped the flattened rod over the axle between the fork and axle nut and re-tightened the nuts.

Total cost of materials: $1.78.
Time to fabricate, install and adjust: 15 minutes.

The finished result is professional and my LBS was very impressed with the idea when they seen it...

I have put almost 1000 miles commuting on the bike since with no problems and my feet staying very dry!

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On my Giant,I combined the Topeak DeFender with a mudboard on the downtube. I'm quite pleased with the results.
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