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Old 11-20-13, 02:40 PM   #26
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Fenders also keep the Dock and Pilings from banging a boat's hull ..

On the coast we have heavy storms direct from the sea..

I have to remember when I last rode my fender/mudguard-less bikes.
they just are not the Go-To choice.

Favored.. with Mudguards , and the Hub Dynamo kit.


when I visited Belgium the word was kids wanting to be the next Merckx or Museeuw
didn't want to use mudguards , as they were emulating their racing heros, Spring's hard-men
and not wanting to be mistaken for Tourists.
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Old 11-21-13, 02:12 PM   #27
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Did You Get Your Answer?

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Did you get your answer in all of this...?

If you ride alone, the first mudflap should be added to your front mudguard/fender.

If you ride with others in the wet, then add a 2nd mudflap to your rear fender as well.

Roadspray = bad.

Have fun. PG
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Old 11-22-13, 12:24 PM   #28
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Favored.. with Mudguards , and the Hub Dynamo kit.
Like mine! But I only have two to choose from.
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Old 11-22-13, 05:04 PM   #29
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Both. Mine are homemade from plastic milk bottles.

Is it lopsided, or is it a funny picture angle?

I've been thinking of making them out of milk bottles, too.
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Is it lopsided, or is it a funny picture angle?

I've been thinking of making them out of milk bottles, too.
A friend of mine made some really nice looking ones from a couple of old leather shoe tongues he got for free from the cobbler.
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Old 11-23-13, 01:15 PM   #31
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One consideration for the front especially, a skinny mudflap blocks much less spray than a wide one. Look down at your front wheel while on the bike, with your foot all the way forward -- you want your mudflap to block the line from your tire to your toes. I see many fenders with a decorative little flap that's perhaps twice the width of the fender. Those are good for keeping spray off your chainrings, which is a definite plus, but a much wider mudflap will keep more of the crud off of you, not just your bike.
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Both. Mine are homemade from plastic milk bottles.

Cool. I am definitely not that DIY talented, though.
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LiteraryChic,
Did you get your answer in all of this...?

If you ride alone, the first mudflap should be added to your front mudguard/fender.

If you ride with others in the wet, then add a 2nd mudflap to your rear fender as well.

Roadspray = bad.

Have fun. PG
I mainly ride alone, so it should be good! Thanks!
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Old 11-23-13, 08:11 PM   #34
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Both of my bikes have fenders with mudguards. One bike is equipped with front and rear and the other has one on the front fender. If you are thinking about mudguards, you should at least get one for the front. Rear is not as important but is nice to match and not spray people that might be riding behind you.
If you are worried about dirt and water spray on your shoes and legs, its best not to ride during rain.
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I, too made my own front mudflap; mine from a plastic wiffle bat from the dollar store. I added a couple of inches of light, rubbery, yoga mat material to the bottom and took it down to where it almost brushes the ground. I made it about 5 inches wide, three times the width of the tire. Yes, in the rain I still get wet from falling rain. But otherwise...no problems from standing puddles, dirt and dust, and yesterday, water, slush and snow. I don't have a sharp photo handy, but the main atatchement is with the fender's own backside bolts, with duct tape and a little shoelace to help. I plan on doing a better, more refined rework later on, but for now the width works great.

On my fenderless roadbike I carry a couple of fed-ex letter packs in my backpack. One gets folded in half and bungeed to the bottom of my saddle bag for the rear, the other gets bungeed to the front of the frame behind the front wheel with the help of a couple of tears.

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Plastic motor oil bottles work well for mudflaps. That kind of plastic is tough stuff and even comes in a variety of colors. Here is one I made from a Castrol ATF bottle.

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Plastic motor oil bottles work well for mudflaps. That kind of plastic is tough stuff and even comes in a variety of colors. Here is one I made from a Castrol ATF bottle.

How did you attach this DIY mud flap to the fender?
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It just slides under the rolled edges of the fender, friction fit only. Pure luck on this one.
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Plastic motor oil bottles work well for mudflaps. That kind of plastic is tough stuff and even comes in a variety of colors. Here is one I made from a Castrol ATF bottle.

That looks pro!
Can we get a few better pics, & plans/specs?
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