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Any way to get better fender action on the rear wheel?

Old 10-21-20, 05:44 PM
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Any way to get better fender action on the rear wheel?

we will be riding in the rain as it does that once in awhile in portland Oregon. I talked to the guys at the bike shop about bigger fenders but he says that would not make a difference. its just that her foot is so close to the rear wheel. it needs some kind of splash guard. anyone do this?
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we will be riding in the rain as it does that once in awhile in portland Oregon. I talked to the guys at the bike shop about bigger fenders but he says that would not make a difference. its just that her foot is so close to the rear wheel. it needs some kind of splash guard. anyone do this?
Full coverage fenders are the best investment for staying dry. On a tandem, adding a mud flap to the bottom of the front fender helps keep the stokerís feet dry.
Some fenders have a lot of hardware inside the fender that can send water spraying out the sides. If youíre riding long days in the rain, choosing a fender with a smoother inside (like most metal fenders) is helpful.
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Originally Posted by OneIsAllYouNeed View Post
Full coverage fenders are the best investment for staying dry. On a tandem, adding a mud flap to the bottom of the front fender helps keep the stokerís feet dry.
Some fenders have a lot of hardware inside the fender that can send water spraying out the sides. If youíre riding long days in the rain, choosing a fender with a smoother inside (like most metal fenders) is helpful.
I agree!
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Not a tandem rider but a long time user of good fenders. Good, deep front flaps rule. Many of the flaps that come on fenders are jokes. I regularly drill out the rivets, remove the flaps and screw on real ones that I make. If after that, the stoke still finds he/she is getting wet from the real wheel, I'd put a similar flap on the front bottom of the rear fender. (I am assuming both fenders are full fenders; projecting in front and covering the rear wheel from BB to mid height in back.
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Just read an informative article on fenders here: https://www.renehersecycles.com/journal/
Scroll down list of articles till you get to fenders.
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Yes, it's the front fender. Stoker gets it much more than captain. Front flaps should be 4-5" wide at the bottom and come down to ~2" off the ground. I make them out of black rubber stair tread material and bolt them on with fender washers on the inside, bent to fit fender curvature. I put a similar one in the back. I've had the best luck with SKS cromoplastic fenders. I think the model I've been using is now called the Commuter. IME the cromoplastic ones way outlast aluminum, which has fatigued at the attachment points.
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