Suggestions for mounting fenders on Surly LHT
I am mounting a pair of Planet Bike Cascadia fenders on a LHT.The front fender went on pretty easy however I've run in to a problem with the rear fender trying to fit it around my Tubus cosmos rack.Is it sometimes necessary to bend the fender stays or add a bunch of washers to accomplish this?Also,does it matter which mounting hole to attach the fender and rack to?there is one fore and aft on both sides.Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Try this: Put the rack strut on the front eyelet and use the spacers usually supplied with Tubus racks, Put you fenders on the rear eyelet, and run the fender stay inside the rack. This is a Tubus Cargo and SKS fenders, but the principle should be the same. I just finsihed this a few weeks ago.
Fenders and racks are a pain in the #@*!
+1. The key is the nylon spacers that came with your rack. I have a Cosmo with SKS fenders, and the fender struts fit very close inside the rack, but they do fit.
Personally, I just screwed my fenders into the drilled holes at the bottom of my Tubus (you can see clearly what I am talking about in the second photo in the thread). It's not threaded, so you'll have to pick up some locknuts at the LBS, but it saved me a lot of worry and effort. My fenders (I believe) have enough adjustability that it should work if I ever want to run fenders on my tourer without my rack (a situation I don't foresee—as far as I'm concerned now the rack is permanent).
ETA: I got my Tubus used, so these spacers everyone is talking about mean nothing to me.
ETA2: It doesn't matter, per se, which eyelets go to which accessory. I think most often the front eyelet is used for racks while the rear is used for fenders, since in most cases this would cause the least interference (rack struts go up while fender struts go toward the rear). Personally, I installed my rack on the rear eyelets to get the platform just that much lower and further back (and because the Tubus pretty much blocks off the other eyelet no matter which position it's in).
Last edited by jtgotsjets; 08-25-10 at 01:08 AM.
If you're already set up and it works, no problem. Just FYI, you can get nylon spacers at your local hardware store if you don't have them. I think the 1/2" x .194" x 1/4" size will work. You need two (one for each side of the rack). I used a third one on the front of the rear fender so that the fender wasn't stretched out as much toward the bottom bracket.
Originally Posted by jtgotsjets