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Old 07-24-09, 02:34 PM
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Attaching fenders!

My specialized Allez does not have an attachment for fenders.

I want fenders.

What do you guys think of these?

https://www.amazon.com/Topeak-DeFende...8467607&sr=8-1

The thing I'm worried about is the lack of a mudguard, as they don't reach that far down.

Any other suggestions on how to get fenders on this thing? There are no eyelets on the front fork, and there is one, but not two, on the back triangle, and the one is already attached to a cargo rack.
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Old 07-24-09, 02:57 PM
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clamp some mounting points on yourself. easy sneezy.
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Old 07-24-09, 03:29 PM
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get the SKS fenders or PlanetBike fenders that are compatible for all bikes.

it uses the frame post for mounting, not the holes.
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Old 07-24-09, 04:03 PM
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I used PB Speedez for a bike without eyelets (although it was a mountain bike). They came with a rubber strap type thing to connect them like the ones pictured on amazon.

For a more secure fit you could use hose clamps available at most automotive stores. Just put a piece of rubber around the frame where you are connecting them so not to scratch the frame up. They may take more time to put on or take off than the rubber strapped ones, but only by a few minutes or so.
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Old 07-24-09, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by adlai View Post
Any other suggestions on how to get fenders on this thing? There are no eyelets on the front fork, and there is one, but not two, on the back triangle, and the one is already attached to a cargo rack.
I don't know what to suggest for the front fork, but you can use the same hole on the back for both the fender and the rack. With the fender being mounted first and the rack mounted over them, things will get a little cramped and you may have to gently bend the rack out very slightly to fit and mount around the fender arms. Also you will most likely have to get longer screws to fit both the fender and the rack, these should be size M5 and you can get them at any local hardware store but make sure they're stainless steel.
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Old 07-24-09, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by GTALuigi View Post
get the SKS fenders or PlanetBike fenders that are compatible for all bikes.

it uses the frame post for mounting, not the holes.
problem: clearances are tiny.
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Old 07-24-09, 08:55 PM
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those fenders are better than nothing, but they just dont match up to "real" fenders. They don't have enough coverage. Yes adding a loooong flap will help, but I don't know how much.

I have used full coverage for years, and still either need to wear gators or have wet feet; Unless I ride slow.
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Old 07-25-09, 06:31 AM
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any suggestions on how to extend them?
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At the rear put the fender stays outside the rack struts . Otherwise the weight on the rack can strip the threads in the dropouts, particularly with aluminum frames. Thin locknuts on the inside of the dropouts can further reduce the stress on the dropout threads. This may require a bit of bending of the fender stays.
The planet bike fenders look a bit longer than the Topeak. You can extend them by cutting a stair tread to suit, and attaching with pop rivets. The advantage of these fenders is that they dont take up any space under the fork crown or rear brake.

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Old 07-25-09, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by adlai View Post
any suggestions on how to extend them?
bolt on a strip of rubber or leather. use the attachment point of the stays, or drill small holes in the bottom of the fenders and use bolts.
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