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Old 04-21-05, 08:13 PM   #1
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track fenders?

just wondering if anyone has found a way to get some sort of fender on the front of a track bike. clearance between wheel and fork crown and between sides of fork is too small for fenders that i've seen. maybe some sort of v or u shaped plastic attached to the downtube. i'm tired of getting my feet soaked even when it isn't raining that hard. i think there is about 1" clearance between downtube and tire on my bike
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i've seen a few homemade fenders 'round town, some made of metal, some made of cardboard... d.i.y. stylee... i'd check that out.
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Old 04-21-05, 08:17 PM   #3
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SKS Raceblade fenders, I think that is the name. I do not know how to explain them but they do not go in between the frame they hover over and are designed for use on racing frames with little to no clearance.
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i think there is about 1" clearance between downtube and tire on my bike
Your geometry is too slack. Otherwise your downtube would BE your fender...

I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to ride track bikes in the rain anyways. Hasn't stopped me, though.
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i used to use sks raceblades. they're good on the rear, but a bit funky in front. you'd prolly have to cut a bit off the front, where the fender tries to go in between wheel & fork crown. lucky for me, i've got some space there, so they fit just fine. if you're running a bit tight in that area, do a little homemade alteration.
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i use the sks race blades too and they work fine. they bend out of shape easy though.
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If your fork has a brake hole you can atach a fender to the back side of the fork crown and cut off the front part of the fender. I have used this setup on my winter and rain bikes and it workes great. Some times you get a little water spray from the tire in front of the fork but it keeps my feet fairly dry.
This will not work on true track bikes without brake holes or veary low rake forks.
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Ghetto Style

"Fenders? Fenders are worth the investment, but each bit of equipment is also added weight and maintenance. An alternative to buying fenders is building your own out of plastic soda bottles. For a front fender, cut a two-litre soda bottle in half lengthwise and trim the ends off. Burn two holes about 1/2" apart in the center, about one-third of the way down. Burn a second set of holes a bit further down. Lace a zip-tie through the holes, and snug up the contraption on your downtube, et voila! It leaks a bit when you turn corners but does an admirable job. To cut down the spray when turning and to add more space for stickers, cut a flare for the base of your homemade fender out of an old bleach bottle."

I think the crushed beer can fender sounds ace though!
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i use the sks race blades too and they work fine. they bend out of shape easy though.

are these them?

i just noticed the pope in the background....along with that adults swinging magazine...thats kind of funny
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Yep, they're good too: I got them on my Mercian track. If you're riding a lot with them, put a bit of tape around the frame where each of the rubber bits wraps: it prevents grit getting in there and dulling your paintwork.
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old hot-wheels tracks make good fenders if ya want to take an hour to set em up. Flat and very thin to fit between the fork crown and tire. Use an old fender stay and zip ties to keep em in place. The only problem is the toy collector freaks who cannot believe you would do that to hot-wheel tracks.
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I use SKS Raceblades.
They go on and off in a minute.

The back fender gives good coverage.
The front fender protects only on the back side of the front wheel.

If put on with a little thought, they fit well enough to disappear in plain view.
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...but the SKS Raceblades are $50.

That's a lot of money. conventional fenders don't fit on my Miyata road conversion-- no eyelets for mounting. The clip-onto-frame raceblades look nice, but still...$50...ouch...
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...but the SKS Raceblades are $50.

That's a lot of money. conventional fenders don't fit on my Miyata road conversion-- no eyelets for mounting. The clip-onto-frame raceblades look nice, but still...$50...ouch...

if you love your bike. 50 dollars is nothing. okay, were out of time for this week, next week, same time? Remember to keep taking your meds.
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