Getting creative in Iraq
So I'm in Iraq now, and i haven't given up my bicycle addiction. I had one mailed out. Anyway me and some fellow cyclist have been getting pretty creative on our repairs. I work in vehicle maintance shop, so i have accesses to a decent assortment of tools. I made a pretty neat truing stand out some old forks and dial, used a threaded rode and washer for a bearing cup press, ect. I've been helping everyone out with repairs that i can.
Now that it's hit the rainy season i we need to start looking into fenders. I was just wondering if anyone had some homemade fender pictures they might share.
If you have some pipe or sumthin a bit bigger than your wheel, cut a strip of it and duck tape it on there.
What about the mountains of bottled water? Those bottles might be a good place to start. With zip ties and 100mph tape, you'd be unstoppable!
I once made a rear fender using wire coat hangers and electrical tape: I took a couple hangers, unbent them so they were straight, then coiled one end of each around my seat tube about halfway down. I then ran each one up to each side of the top of the brake bridge and looped it around there to secure it, then ran them straight out behind the seat tube, over the wheel, and brought them together at the end, about two feet behind the seat tube. In essence, this makes a big outline of a rear fender that is secured to the frame. Then, you wrap electrical tape around it over and over again till the whole fender is covered. Et voila! Rear fender. (I wish I had a photo, because I think my description isn't so good. So tell me if this makes sense or not!)
I don't have any fender suggestions but sure would love it if you keep us updated on your rides and post some pix!
Here's a design for some fenders made out of old coroplast campaign signs:
I don't imagine campaign signs are very thick on the ground there, but there might be a similar material around you could use.