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Old 03-28-12, 09:32 AM
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Need help installing mudguards/fenders on new bike!

Hey forum.
Today I bought this nice Merida Crossway Striker hybrid bicycle.
https://img641.imageshack.us/img641/7562/cimg3193r.jpg

I also bought these SKS Beavertail fenders/mudguards which the dude at the store said would be easy to install.
https://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5719/cimg3198k.jpg

The guy was apparently bending the truth cause I cannot figure out how to install them. This is how the front area where they are supposed to be attached looks:
https://img848.imageshack.us/img848/3549/cimg3196.jpg
https://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/cimg3197t.jpg/

And this is how the rear looks:
https://img687.imageshack.us/img687/6126/cimg3194a.jpg
https://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2650/cimg3195n.jpg

Included with the fenders came 2 bolts, they are the same size in width but differ in length, and both fit into the front hole, but neither fit in the back hole which is slightly smaller. They are also both too long for both the front and rear hole. The minimalistic instructions they included with the fenders shows a picture of the bolt going all the way through, which doesn't help me out cause my 2 holes don't go all the way through. Here is a picture of the "installation guide"
https://img585.imageshack.us/img585/5331/cimg3199a.jpg


Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm going to be using it tomorrow and the weather here is the opposite of sunny. Also I'm not very knowledgeable about different parts and their names so simplicity would really help me out! Thanks
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It's usually straight forward. The fork crown and rear bridge both have holes all the way through (though they may be stepped)

You pass a bolt through the tab in the fender, and through the part you're attaching it too. I understand the hardware may not be the right length, but the diameter should be OK since 6mm is pretty much standard for frame and fork "brake" mounting holes.

Odds are you just need to make a run to the hardware store for the right length 6mm screws and nuts. If you have a choice buy stainless steel ones.

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Bring the fenders and bike back to the shop and ask for help with the "easy" installation. Odds are they'll give you the screws of the right length.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
It's usually straight forward. The fork crown and rear bridge both have holes all the way through (though they may be stepped)

You pass a bolt through the tab in the fender, and through the part you're attaching it too. I understand the hardware may not be the right length, but the diameter should be OK since 6mm is pretty much standard for frame and fork "brake" mounting holes.

Odds are you just need to make a run to the hardware store for the right length 6mm screws and nuts. If you have a choice buy stainless steel ones.

OR

Bring the fenders and bike back to the shop and ask for help with the "easy" installation. Odds are they'll give you the screws of the right length.
Thanks but my bike does not have holes that go all the way through, as my pictures show. So I dunno what to do
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On the fork in the front and on the chainstay bridge in the rear, do you see the hole, which is a fender mounting boss, on the backside of the fork and the the backside of the chainstay bridge? The fenders mount there, but you will need the appropriate length screws. Those long screws with the nuts won't work.
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There definitely appears to be a through hole on the rear bridge, but I can't tell about the fork, because it's black on black.

I can understand the fork not having a hole at all, but it would be the first I ever heard of with a blind hole. As I said, the best bet if you're lost or confused is to go to the bike shop and ask. You're a customer and entitled to some help.

BTW- bring the packaging with you, because if the fork doesn't have a hole you might want to return the fenders. Your other option is to drill a hole.
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Bring those fenders back. They're not long enough. It bugs me that they sell fenders so short. People assume that since they're for sale, they must be useful. It's a sham.
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The black part which seems to be called the fork, has no hole in it. I still cant see any through hole on my rear "bridge" as it seems to be called.
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Suspension fork arch may have a threaded hole in it.. on the back side

rear brake bridge seems to have something on the front.

But if your chops as a Mechanic are not up to this ,
get those working people, at the Local Bike shop to install them for you.

As others have suggested you may not have bought the Best product
for your requirements.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I ended up actually exchanging the bike for the same model only in a smaller size, and simultaneously had the guys working there install the fenders. They did it by using different screws or bolts or whatever they're called. And to the mustache guy, you're right they are a bit small, the one on the front seems definitely small but I've ridden without a front fender a lot with no issues so I'm sure it's long enough. The rear fender however is just slightly too short, a minimal amount of spray will end up on my back while riding, as I've used the exact same fender on my brother's bike for half a year.
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