Might want to look into some metal BMX platforms with pins so your feet don't slip off. I'm not a fan of plastic pedals, even if metal ones do rip up your leg. Aside from that, looks like you've got a good start. Are you planning on getting studded tires? (I don't know where you live and how harsh the winter is.)
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Sharp looking bike and I really like those panniers. If you decide you need full fenders, you can use P-clamps. I have a mountain bike without eyelets on the fork, too. I just used P-clamps to install SKS commuter fenders. Your local hardware store should carry them. Here's what you'd be looking for.
Lookin sharp! I wouldn't change a thing, except maybe adding some reflectors
Looks good... I also don't know if your climate warrants studded tyres.
Plastic reflectors help but reflective tape is the way to go as it can add 360 degrees of reflectivity at a much higher intensity and will even glow in the daytime.
These tyres also use 3M Scotchlite on the sidewall.
full-fenders w/mudflaps, no need to get filthy.
IF you can't find a p-clamp as suggested above, and with a suspension fork it will probably be difficult, then you can use a zip-tie with an eyelet.
Such as this:
The fork on my mountain bike is a suspension fork. It's circumference at the point where I attached the arms of the front fender is 4.25 inches, two 1 1/4th-inch P-Clamps worked perfectly. The hardware store had even larger P-clamps available.
So far the zip-ties have been working great at holding up a plastic fender... apparently the plastic is good till -40c, UV resistant and can hold quite a few kg - though i wouldn't try to mount a rack with them.
Sorry that you can't find them. Have you tried one of the big box hardware stores, like Home Depot. Also, I had to describe them to a sales person at my local Ace because they don't call them P-clamps. Once I described what they looked like, the clerk took me to them. Better yet, print off a photo and show it to someone. My local store had them in the aisle with plumbing supplies.
Thanks for the comments guys. I will need to get some carbide studded tires eventually but the route I take will more than likely make them useless (especially during the time I travel since I could just ride in the middle of the road because I use side streets).
I am going to be looking into fenders more, I just wanted to get an idea of how wide I would need to get them. The only problem is with the rear fenders as there is not enough room under the pannier rack. The pannier rack has a full cover so it's not like it's a big deal, it's the front I'm worried about with my suspension.
I have a nice fender kit on my road bike that I will post once I fix the tire (you can see the other bike in the background with its flat tire). But that is a daytime only bike on clear days.
I actually used the extra "P-Clamps" I have to install a light on the road-facing side of the bike on the rear;
I used some strong utility zip ties to get the rear fender in place (they are wrapped around the kick stand plate). The rear fender is meant for a seat post set up but obviously that doesn't work with a rear rack. So I turned it upside down and made it fit perfectly where it is. Looks pretty cool there too.
Last edited by DJConspicious; 11-15-09 at 01:50 AM.
Needs a Ktrak to be a true winter warrior.
hummm, i am not a big fan of rimbrakes, but i ride in the snow, and have had times where i had to do a controled crash with them to stop because of no breaking power due to the snow getting on the brakes