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Old 11-02-06, 10:38 PM
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Fenders - where to buy or how to make?

Because winter is upon me.

I want to know the best source of fenders. I also want to get some pannier action if I can do that on the cheap. Rembember that I am a college student, so I am loathe to part with money. I have technical skills, but not a lot of tools.

The bike's suspended F&R. I presume that rules out anything but seatpost attachment for the rear.

The LBS wanted $20 a piece (=$40) for imported PETE injections that cost $1.00 to make. No thanks.

Please share with me your prefered vendors for such things.
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Old 11-02-06, 10:47 PM
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Old 11-03-06, 05:09 AM
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At our Bike Coop here in town, they make fenders out of older bicycle tires. They picked up a bunch of fender mounting hardware from one of the Bike shops. They cut the tire, spread it to fit the bracket. Pretty innovative. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures.
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Old 11-03-06, 07:39 AM
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Nashbar's hard to beat for stuff like inexpensive fenders, racks, etc, and you can usually find a 10% coupon code, too. Here's a link to their fenders, there are some at the bottom that would work on a FS bike ..........They've also got a rack that will attach to the seatpost, and has the triangular frame that hangs down from the rack that will allow you to attach panniers. With the rear rack on the bike, you wouldn't need the rear fender-

http://www.nashbar.com/results.cfm?c...it=y&pagename=

Here's a link to the seatpost rack that will accomodate a small pair of panniers: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Racks

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Old 11-03-06, 11:58 AM
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Just in time - this page tells you how to make fenders out of old political signs. Politics is good for ONE thing!
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Old 11-05-06, 05:42 PM
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Very timely indeed, Mike.

The LBS always seems to charge list price, but I see that Nashbar has some bargains. So I guess I can afford fenders and a rack that don't make me look like a hobo. Though OF&H's old-tire-fenders would really make a statement about waste.
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Old 11-06-06, 07:57 AM
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http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2006/1...struction.html

A recent post regarding fender construction from Kent Peterson's blog.
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Here is another article Peterson wrote. This is laying up redwood fenders.
Steel fenders. They are worth giving a look. In comparison, plastic fenders feel like flimsy plastic.

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Originally Posted by oilfreeandhappy
At our Bike Coop here in town, they make fenders out of older bicycle tires. They picked up a bunch of fender mounting hardware from one of the Bike shops. They cut the tire, spread it to fit the bracket. Pretty innovative. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures.
Jim, you HAVE to get some pics. That sounds too neat and very worthy. Can you please please please post some pics.
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Old 11-06-06, 06:28 PM
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The poor man's fenders include strapping an old magazine to your rear carrier and taping a split plastic milk jug to your down tube.

Don't expect to pick up any chicks with that rig, but it will keep some of the road splash off of you.
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Old 11-08-06, 02:11 PM
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i've built a rear fender out of hotwheels tracks/zipties/coat hangers. i'll try to take some pics tonite. still trying to figure out how to get the front one made.
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