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Old 03-05-13, 06:42 AM
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Tips on installing Velo Orange fenders?

I recently installed a set of 700x45 stainless VO fenders onto my cross check. Installation was quick and painless on the rear fender, but no matter what I do I can't seem to get a decent fender line on the front. I've massaged it so that it's not completely embarrassing, but it still doesn't hug the tire evenly.

Does anyone here have some tips on improving the fender line on these?
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How are you adjusting the fender line? You may already know this, but with metal fenders you do it by compressing or expanding the fender laterally ( i.e. squeeze the sides together or spread them apart ), not by trying to adjust the tension of the stays ( as you would with plastic fenders )
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I've been doing it by squeezing and spreading the sides just like you said, using the stays just as a place holder once the metal is already in shape. I've gotten them to look pretty good just doing that by hand, but I'm wondering if there's a more effective way of doing it, or just some general tips.
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Originally Posted by mulveyr
How are you adjusting the fender line? You may already know this, but with metal fenders you do it by compressing or expanding the fender laterally ( i.e. squeeze the sides together or spread them apart ), not by trying to adjust the tension of the stays ( as you would with plastic fenders )
+1 to that suggestion.

You can also try changing the height of the fender over the front tire at the fork crown, at least to the extent possible given the clearances. Just 5 or 10mm up or down can make a big difference in the overall fender line.

A common situation during the installation process is to have good fender line behind the fork crown, but not so good in the front. You can gently bend the front section of fender up or down to correct this, but be sure to loosen the fender stays before bending.
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Originally Posted by Deathmobile
I've been doing it by squeezing and spreading the sides just like you said, using the stays just as a place holder once the metal is already in shape. I've gotten them to look pretty good just doing that by hand, but I'm wondering if there's a more effective way of doing it, or just some general tips.
OP; If it becomes a mano-on-fender death match, you could consider carefully trimming the fender just where it is hitting the folk stay... such as just clearing by 0.5mm in a curve matching you stay shape (round or oval). Then take a 25mm piece of small clear rubbing tubing (get at aquarium store or from an IV feed), split it open down one side and put the split over the cut in the fender. Repeat on other side. This tube is to protect your fork paint and avoid noise/rattles.

Hope that helps
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