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Old 11-29-05, 02:09 PM
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Fender material of choice

OK, I have been on the hunt for some 24" fenders for a bike. All I can come up with are the WALD chrome steel fenders. I have tried to "pull in" some 26" fenders (planet bike) and it does not look right - the curve is all wrong. Likewise I tried to push out a 20" fender and it looked even weirder...

All I can find in the 24" size are the Wald ones. No plastic ones.

Are there some mounting/pros/cons/tips/maintenance issues for the steel fenders? Before I order up yet another set of fenders I am hoping to get some thoughts on these. I had preferred plastic (have the 20" planetbike fenders on my recumbent) but now it looks like I am stuck with chrome steel if I want fenders that are made to fit the tire size I have.

Any insight?
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Old 12-01-05, 05:59 AM
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SKS chromoplastic is available for recumbent wheel sizes.
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And they're aluminium laminated with thick plastic. Should be extremely durable, yet light. Available in several diameters, widths and come in two colours - black or silver.
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And they're aluminium laminated with thick plastic.
That's news to me. I have a set of both, the silver set has transparent lines, so how can there be any alum in there?
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The transparent lines are not just for show (and the black coloured fenders have the strips as well).
The Al strips sandwitched inside the plastic act as electrical conductors for a rear lamp. You can connect a dynamo (or battey) to one end and bolt a fender rear lamp/reflector unit to the rear.
The best way of making the connection is to drill a smallhole and use a small bolt to clamp the wire to the fender.
This solves the tricky problem of how you run a wire to the reap lamp.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
The transparent lines are not just for show (and the black coloured fenders have the strips as well).
The Al strips sandwitched inside the plastic act as electrical conductors for a rear lamp. You can connect a dynamo (or battey) to one end and bolt a fender rear lamp/reflector unit to the rear.
The best way of making the connection is to drill a smallhole and use a small bolt to clamp the wire to the fender.
This solves the tricky problem of how you run a wire to the reap lamp.
Sounds cool. So where exactly do you need to drill the hole for contact? Because other hardware also mounts to the fender, possibly shorting out the intended connection paths?
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