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Old 05-30-17, 04:48 PM
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My bike is unfendable

I have an old Trek 1000 road bike which I have shamefully turned into a commuter/town bike. First came the rack, then the switch to the flat handlebar, and it even had a front basket at one point. This past week I added a mirror and bell. Once the kickstand is installed, the Frankenstein transformation will be complete. After brunch yesterday, I cycled home on a muddy path and was none too pleased to find mud splatter on my linen shirt and legs. I decided fenders were now a necessity.

Cycled over to Performance and was told my bike cannot take fenders! Just not enough space--I was sorely disappointed as I had visions of lovely full fenders on both wheels. The gent did recommend a SKS fender that clips to the seat post for my back wheel. He wasn't sure how it would work with my rack though. The store was out of stock and recommended ordering online. For the front wheel, there was nothing he could recommend except finding a solution that would tie/velcro to the downtube. He didn't have any recommendations as Performance didn't carry such an item for a road bike.

What do you think of the recommendations? Are they effective? If they are my only hope--suggestions for products?
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Since you've gone full Frankenbike anyway, you could try River City's Reach Around Fender Brackets: River City Bicycles Reacharound Fender Brackets - River City Bicycles Portland, OR

Basically the idea is that you cut the fender in half and these brackets connect the two pieces while bridging over the brake calipers.

You just need to make sure you've got the toe clearance for fenders.
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I'm pretty sure you can fit MK2 fenders on your bike. I have them no mine and they work great. They are somewhat flimsy but it's just water hitting against it. The only problem is that they don't make them anymore. You might be able to find a used set from eBay or something. I've got them on my Giant which has really little clearance and these are just about the only fenders that will fit.

https://www.rei.com/product/814750/c...QAAOSw42JZHLbv

The current version, MK3's, might work for you, though I haven't really looked into it.
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that's better than nothing. However, something like raceblades will work on your bike. Crud also makes a clip on fender. They aren't as good as regular fenders, but better than a butt flap. There are flaps that attach to the downtube as well, i probably would look into one of those if using a flap in the back
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The shop is wrong. Andy_K had a great suggestion and another is to buy some SKS Raceblades clip on style.
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Here's mine:

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I'd have gone with "indefendible"
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Bend the fender OVER the brake instead of under, and a fender will fit. I've done it using a plastic strip (heat gun to shape), it will work.
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I also have an old Trek 1000, it doesn't get ridden much anymore, and I've never thought of putting fenders on it (SoCal is too dry for me to bother with fenders).

But if you get it kitted out, I'd like to see pics!
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Originally Posted by tdonline
Cycled over to Performance and was told my bike cannot take fenders!
You were literally left to fend for yourself.

I think the reach-around brackets may work, but also, dropping to a lower-profile tire may help, too.
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Tell you what, I'll give you $40 for the bike, so you can afford to get fenders for whatever you replace it with.
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old? here's a 2006 w fenders

https://bikeindex.org/bikes/30353
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where there's a will, there's a way. I cut some fenders this past fall & winter





in a pinch a rear rack & 1/2 fender might do the trick



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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
old? here's a 2006 w fenders

https://bikeindex.org/bikes/30353
That's exactly the same as my bike! (Except for the fenders)
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
where there's a will, there's a way. I cut some fenders this past fall & winter


in a pinch a rear rack & 1/2 fender might do the trick



by bike commuting, you've joined the most innovative cycling group! don't give up!
Sweet! Very cool! Nice job!
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Thanks all for your recommendations. Due to severely limited skills and tools, breaking apart fenders probably won't be happening. The sleek fenders on the roadies pictured look great. Looks like I should head over to REI to check out the options. Checked out reviews on those type of fenders and they look to be quite mixed. I checked the front and back of my bike today and it really is tight. I'm riding on 700X25C.

As the bike is almost worthless...and I'm contemplating upgrading to a proper commuter bike, I may not invest too much in lovely fenders. Ditto for switching to 650's.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty
I'd have gone with "indefendible"
Yeah, that's better but at the time I was thinking along the lines of The Smiths' "Unlovable".

I know my bike is unfendable
You don't have to tell me
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Originally Posted by mcours2006
Here's mine:

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Those fenders look very smart on your bike. I doubt the same visual will apply to my Frankenbike!
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
old? here's a 2006 w fenders

https://bikeindex.org/bikes/30353
Oh that's just a young pup. Mine is a 2001. It's also x-small at 43cm so tight spacing all around.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
I also have an old Trek 1000, it doesn't get ridden much anymore, and I've never thought of putting fenders on it (SoCal is too dry for me to bother with fenders).

But if you get it kitted out, I'd like to see pics!
SoCal is where I bought the bike. It was only after I moved east that I discovered you can't wear shorts year round and I had to buy cumbersome things like tights and booties. I also own at least 3 umbrellas at any given time.
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Are those 25C's? You ride them in that kind of snow? Braver than I.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton
Bend the fender OVER the brake instead of under, and a fender will fit. I've done it using a plastic strip (heat gun to shape), it will work.
Ahh! The fender bender.

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Originally Posted by tdonline
Yeah, that's better but at the time I was thinking along the lines of The Smiths' "Unlovable".

I know my bike is unfendable
You don't have to tell me
Oh, message received
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