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Old 04-23-07, 08:02 PM   #1
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Front Fender - No Fork Eyelets

I was about to spring for full fenders on my bike but unfort, despite the rear having eyelets for a fender, the front is a carbon fork with nothing. Any suggestions to keep the shoes from filling with water much appreciated thanks
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Old 04-23-07, 08:08 PM   #2
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Zip ties, maybe, but you'd probably be better off with a clip on for the front. Not quite as good, but you'll still be a lot more dry. If you get a clip on fender without the stays that attach to your wheels, it would probably be pretty easy to attach it without too much jerry-rigging.
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Old 04-23-07, 08:18 PM   #3
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I had the same problem. However, I had some metal tabs left over from my bike rack that allowed me to get around it. They're short metal strips with a hole on each end and a jog between the two ends. You could make the same thing with some strips of metal and some tools. They go on my skewers between the fork and quick release nuts, and provide the eyelet for my front fender. The downside is that I have to pull out the skewer in front to take off the wheel, but that isn't really a big deal - I could make it quick-release again if I bothered to snip out one side of the hole that the skewer goes through.
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Thanks, I was thinking along the same lines...I got some ti alloy sheet laying around. Nice to know it could work
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Old 04-24-07, 12:23 AM   #5
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Cool use of those metal tabs. I just used zip ties on my suspension fork.
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Old 04-24-07, 12:26 PM   #7
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Small hose clamps from the hardware store work, too.
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You could get a set of these:
http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7015.html

You could also use P clamps:


Or zipties with loops(make sure you put rubber under them):
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I used p-clips. They were easy to find--go to your LHWS and look in the electrical supplies aisle. The only trouble is getting the right size. Either wheel in your bike or buy a bunch of different sizes.



Still, I really like those tabs!
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Rockin! Thanks all, and esp bkrownd for the pic
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I just used zip ties, no rubber, just zip tied 'em onto the fork. It's a suspension fork with disc brakes so no eyelets either. In 1000+ miles I haven't had the zipties break.
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I had some tabs made on a cnc machine at a college. They didn't charge me anything to make them, but if they had to, then all they can charge is for materials.
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For roadish bikes, you might consider SKS Race Blades. But frankly I don't think they look that good and do not seem to provide as good coverage as a normal fender. They come in both a skinny tire and not-so-skinny tire version.
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For roadish bikes, you might consider SKS Race Blades. But frankly I don't think they look that good and do not seem to provide as good coverage as a normal fender. They come in both a skinny tire and not-so-skinny tire version.
You're right: they're not; and they don't.
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zip ties worked well for me
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Most normal front fender packages will also need a flexible "mud flap" extension to get close enough to the ground to really keep the spray off your feet and crankset.
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