Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    All Bikes All The Time Sawtooth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Boise, ID
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR 0, Lemond Zurich, Giant NRS 1, Jamis Explorer Beater/Commuter, Peugeot converted single speed
    Posts
    2,345
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    A great reason to use zip ties instead of hardware to mount fenders

    Yesterday on the way in, I stupidly ran over a 1 inch branch. It was sucked up into my rear planet bike freddy and ripped the whole thing from my bike. The fender was zipp tied entirely to the bike with only two zipp ties (sufficient to hold it, but not to rip anything apart). I simply turned around, picked up my fender and remounted it with no problems when I got home. I can't help but think that the fender would have been pretty banged up had I mounted it with hardware.

  2. #2
    jcm
    jcm is offline
    Gemutlichkeit
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    2,424
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use them for the mounts at the BB and the stay bridge on the rear, and at the crown in front. Also they work very well for stabilizing the rear fender by tying the stays to one of the rack supports. Very solid setup.

  3. #3
    nashcommguy
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    nashville, tn
    My Bikes
    Commuters: Fuji Delray road, Fuji Discovery mtb...Touring: Softride Traveler...Road: C-dale SR300
    Posts
    2,500
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Use zip ties to hold the rack in place on the seat stays as my rb doesn't have braze-ons there. It has bolt threads for the lower part for fenders, I think. But I used them to hold the rack legs in place. Put some blue Threadlock on the bolts and all seems well. I wound some electrical tape around the seat stays and used a couple of black zip-ties. The medium 8 inch ones. I carry a couple exrta in my seat bag in case one snaps, but I've been doing this for years and haven't had one break, yet. Sometimes I'm carrying as much as 30 lbs of gear, too.

    Just mounted some Christmas lights I got last year from Target, so now I've got zip ties all over the place as I wrapped my frame w/t lights. I just wish they had a set that blinked, too.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    222
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Actually the plastic fenders can get completely folded on themselves without any issue. My friend has accidentally done it to her front fender at least twice now. One of the metal bits was bent a little but that only took a second to bend back. The fender looks pretty much like new still.

    Zipties are fine, but there's not really much disadvantage to hardware in this instance from my experience.

  5. #5
    Mmmmm potatoes idcruiserman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    1,921
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ceridwen View Post
    Actually the plastic fenders can get completely folded on themselves without any issue. My friend has accidentally done it to her front fender at least twice now. One of the metal bits was bent a little but that only took a second to bend back. The fender looks pretty much like new still.

    Zipties are fine, but there's not really much disadvantage to hardware in this instance from my experience.
    +1

    Zip ties don't survive in the summer daylight very long in my experience. I do use them as needed, but I carry spares.
    Idaho

  6. #6
    nashcommguy
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    nashville, tn
    My Bikes
    Commuters: Fuji Delray road, Fuji Discovery mtb...Touring: Softride Traveler...Road: C-dale SR300
    Posts
    2,500
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    BTW, I use SKS Raceblades when fenders are needed and have found them to be adequate tho not as good as a full set w/flaps that's for sure. Don't use zip-ties w/them as the rubber wraps hold pretty well.

  7. #7
    Conservative Hippie
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Wakulla Co. FL
    Posts
    4,271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On just about every accessory I have that mounts with a screw or bolt, the screw has been replaced with a zip-tie. I carry spares.

  8. #8
    Al noisebeam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    AZ
    My Bikes
    Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
    Posts
    13,936
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by idcruiserman View Post
    +1

    Zip ties don't survive in the summer daylight very long in my experience. I do use them as needed, but I carry spares.
    Depends on the plastic type. I find the white somewhat translucent ones don't last more than 1 month in Arizona sun, but the opaque more softer feeling plastic ones (black mostly) have lasted me several years.

    Al

  9. #9
    ride for a change modernjess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata
    Posts
    2,022
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ceridwen View Post
    Actually the plastic fenders can get completely folded on themselves without any issue. My friend has accidentally done it to her front fender at least twice now. One of the metal bits was bent a little but that only took a second to bend back. The fender looks pretty much like new still.

    Zipties are fine, but there's not really much disadvantage to hardware in this instance from my experience.
    +2 - zipties are no advantage. My rear Freddy folded in half twice in one day, came right up into the triangle, and hit me in the leg. Long story involving my dog, and the kids, and her leash, and her running behind me. yada yada. Anyway, I though it was ruined when it happened. Nope. No evidence, no damage, no problem. Mount them with the hardware, they can take some real abuse.

  10. #10
    Gears? CliftonGK1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2009 Spesh Singlecross
    Posts
    11,335
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I must be lucky in never having any problems with my fenders. I run PB Freddy HC's with stair-tread mudflaps almost to the ground. I've run over plenty of blown down branches and never had anything sucked up into my fender wells.
    Hopefully I'll have the same continued luck since I'm looking at either Berthoud or Honjo steel fenders for my new bike. I don't think stainless would be as forgiving as thermoplastic.
    "I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
    - Mandi M.

  11. #11
    I like bikes dr.raleigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Butler PA
    My Bikes
    Raleigh M20
    Posts
    130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I like bolts, but zip ties work good for tying milk crates to a bike rack.
    Trek TR30 BMX
    2004 Raleigh M20
    1976 Ross Eurotour
    Walmart mtb bike x2
    Old Huffy mtb bike
    Couple old single speeds

  12. #12
    Senior Member ollo_ollo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Stayton, OR
    My Bikes
    Torelli, Bianchi Trofeo, De Rosa, Specialized Expedition Touring, Colnago Cross, Motobecane Grand Jubile & Grand Record, Miyata 710, 2 Titans, Raleigh Super Course, 3Rensho
    Posts
    3,476
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "Hopefully I'll have the same continued luck since I'm looking at either Berthoud or Honjo steel fenders for my new bike. I don't think stainless would be as forgiving as thermoplastic"

    My Honjo's are polished aluminum and with tight clearance, they got bunged up from small rocks & debris that got picked up. I haven't had any problems with the Berthoud stainless steel fenders. They are much stronger than the plastic fenders and don't dent as easily as aluminum. In cold weather, I have had plastic(Zefal & Esge) break or shatter when sticks jammed into them. Don
    visit my homebuilding blog: www.monoplanar.blogspot.com

  13. #13
    Senior Member MrCjolsen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Davis CA
    My Bikes
    Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
    Posts
    3,954
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I adjust my fenders so that the clearance behind the wheel is slightly smaller than any other point on the tire. I figure that any rock or other FOD that gets inside will either be small enough to pass through or too big to get inside at all.

  14. #14
    jcm
    jcm is offline
    Gemutlichkeit
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    2,424
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I must be lucky in never having any problems with my fenders. I run PB Freddy HC's with stair-tread mudflaps almost to the ground. I've run over plenty of blown down branches and never had anything sucked up into my fender wells.
    Hopefully I'll have the same continued luck since I'm looking at either Berthoud or Honjo steel fenders for my new bike. I don't think stainless would be as forgiving as thermoplastic.
    +1
    I also plan on a set of those Honjos some day.

    With my Fred's, I set them as far from the tire as the frame will allow to get debri clearance. It also has a noticeable effect on water spray: the closer the fender, the more atomized water you have to ride through. The farther away the fender (to a point), the more solid the run-off, or, less spray. It tends to fall faster in larger droplets. Stair tread with the little ridges carries it to the ground better than a smooth flap.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •