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Old 08-29-04, 12:42 AM   #1
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Mud Guards for Burley Trailer

I ride with my 3 year old daughter in a Burley Solo trailer several times each week. We just got it last month, and now with over 100 miles on it, we couldn't be happier with the handling/comfort/ease of use, etc.

However, our regular route takes us through several drainage areas where my tires kick up mud/water and splatter my daughter. It's too hot here to deploy the clear plastic rain cover. So far, my only option has been to soak my daugher or go painfully slowly through the mud/water. (Not a great option considering that the water is always in a low spot followed immediately by a climb, and I hate to sacrifice my momentum.)

While there are plenty of after-market fenders/mud guards to keep the mud/water from hitting the rider, I haven't seen anything that will sit low enough on the tire to keep water out of the trailer.

I am envisioning a fender that would mount to the trailer hitch arm rather than to my bike.

Anybody seen anything like this?...or some other solution to the problem?

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Old 08-29-04, 10:30 AM   #2
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Consider making a splash sheild out of Polycarbonate (Lexan)
plastic sheeting. This material is easily worked with normal
tools except for bending. I recommend Lexan as it is also
used in bulletproof applications so the danger of throwing
a rock is neutralized.

I understand what you need and doubt that you'll find a ready
made product. Good luck.
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A rear fender on the bike with a mud shield should work.
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Personal experience telle me you don't need mudguards on the trailer itself, though you could design something like that:

In practice, I found that I only got sprayed when riding in snow, and my rear panniers were enough to protect me from spray coming off the trailer wheels.

What you need, however, are real fenders with mudflaps on your bike.
Use full fenders like the SKS or Zéfal fenders, then add a piece of flexible rubber to lenghten the fender. Full details here:

Compared to Alex Wetmore's "new style" design, I cut mine way too long (personal experience here), then attach them inside the fender with 2-3 black zip ties. I then cut them so they come within 5-8 cm off the ground.
My rear flap is wide enough (about 12 cm wide) to stick a pair of large amber automotive reflectors.

The front mudflap fully protects my feet and my drivetrain. The rear one protects the trailercycle or trailer and its cargo.
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