Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Riverside, CA
Bikes: Helium SL DA DI2, Defy Advanced 0 Di2, 6KU Fixie
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Dahon Speed TR, Big Apple, Fender rub.
Been enjoying the Speed TR I received a month and half ago greatly. Put roughly 300 miles on it at this point and can definitely say I really enjoy the bicycle!
There were some learning curve on setting up bike tuned, adjusted well to my need but it was definitely good experience over all and enjoyable one. There is one minor complaint I have on Speed TR right now which I would appreciate some tips/ideas/or just straight working solution.
Over the time, I noticed that when I hold only one handle at speed over 10mph or going over 25mph and hit irregularities of road I kept hearing squeaking noise. I've checked all the bolts and nuts and tightened them to specified torque level, etc and this still happened.
After some careful inspection and looking at it I found the problem to be when the vibration is passed to front wheel fender and the wires that holds fender in place slightly rubs against big apple tire when I am going over not so smooth road. (metal vs tire squeak...)
I am pretty sure this isn't issue with narrower tires (hence probably reason I can't find solution to this through google... think TR is the only one with this fender and big apple combo stock from dahon). I can think of one solution for this which is to make the wire more rigid somehow... or replace fender with something else that doesn't do this...
Just not sure how to go about this either way. How to make it more rigid, where can I find 20 inch fender that works well with it, or just some other way around...
There is 2mm gap between closest part of wall of tire to this wire (1/12th inch or about).
Here is the picture of problematic area.