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Old 04-30-05, 06:03 PM
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Touring bike with missing fender eyelets on one side

I purchased an REI Safari a couple of weeks ago. I recently noticed that while there are fender eyelets on the left hand side of the bike - there are none on the right!

The pictures on the REI website don't reveal the detail adequately and the store I purchased it from doesn't know and doesn't have another Safari in stock for comparison.

Is this normal?

For anybody with a Safari, can you enlighten me on this subject. If this is normal, what can be done about it?
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Old 04-30-05, 11:26 PM
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That is because the bike uses 1/2 fenders. REI wanted to offer a bike that could look like a touring bike for touring or a sport tourer for fast club rides so they came up with the safari. Call REI and tell them you need the 1/2 fenders that go with the bike they cost $28. Once you install them ,the left side of the bike will look like a rugged touring bike and the right will will look like a ultra light sport tourer. It works out pretty well you won't need two bikes!
Look for the 1/2 racks and 1/2 panniers later this year

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Very funny velonomad. I hope Paul doesn't actually call and ask about 1/2 fenders.

Seriously, this does not sound right. I think the bike shop should get you a new bike since it is so new. "Safari" sounds like it is marketed as a tourer which should have rack and fender eylets on both sides. At first I thought there might not be eyelets on one side to accomodate disk brake tabs, but they'd be on the left.
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Originally Posted by Moose
Very funny velonomad. I hope Paul doesn't actually call and ask about 1/2 fenders.

Seriously, this does not sound right.
I couldn't resist a chance to kid the new guy a bit.

Paul, The bike is messed up and needs to go back to REI
at thier expense and don't let them negotiate. It will never work right by cobbling on clamps or using zipties. Make them send you a new bike.

Good luck
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Yeah-that's weird! Take it back.

-took me a minute to figure velonomad's first post was a joke! 1/2 racks/panniers, ha!
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I don't know that specific model but is it possible that these 'fender eyelets' are in fact mounts or disk brakes?
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Originally Posted by Magictofu
I don't know that specific model but is it possible that these 'fender eyelets' are in fact mounts or disk brakes?
I thought that at first. REI catalog has it described as a touring bike. It says in the desciption it comes with vee brakes. Unless they are using the same frame from an MTB with discs to build a touring bike.

Here is a pic

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I looked at tha pic on the REI website earlier and thought that the rear rack looked messed up. The rack stays are not aligned to one another. What's up with that?
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Originally Posted by Magictofu
I don't know that specific model but is it possible that these 'fender eyelets' are in fact mounts or disk brakes?
You hit the nail on the head! They probably are disk mounts on the left.
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Originally Posted by Moose
You hit the nail on the head! They probably are disk mounts on the left.
That was my first thought, but the specs for the bike say nothing about disk mounts. Granted they are pretty incomplete.

The specs

Does no one else think the way that rack looks in the pic is weird?
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It does look wierd RG, perhaps it is a perspective corrected picture that was originally taken at an angle. I can't imagine a mech building a bike for a catalog photo and putting on the rack that crooked.

Niether can I imagine a bike manufacturer building a trekking bike without eyelets for fenders and racks. I bet they did just regurgitate one of their mtb frames.

How do they get those toeclips to stay in the upright position. It don't look natural either.
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The perspective looks a little screwy, they may have pasted the rack on the pic of the frame. The left leg of the rack looks like it is completely off of the mount.
The pic of the front fork should show the little tabs on the backside of the left leg of the fork if it has disc brake mounts. unless of course the fork on the bike you get is different than the pic.

Paul does the left leg of your fork look like the one in this picture?
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Originally Posted by velonomad
That is because the bike uses 1/2 fenders. REI wanted to offer a bike that could look like a touring bike for touring or a sport tourer for fast club rides so they came up with the safari. Call REI and tell them you need the 1/2 fenders that go with the bike they cost $28. Once you install them ,the left side of the bike will look like a rugged touring bike and the right will will look like a ultra light sport tourer. It works out pretty well you won't need two bikes!
Look for the 1/2 racks and 1/2 panniers later this year

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After rereading my original post, I see I need to clarify.

The missing fender eyelets are on the rear right side, not on the front right side.

Volonomad, I appreciated your joke. You had me believing you for a second there. My front fork does have fender eyelets on both sides and it does not look like the one you displayed. It appears identical to the one on the REI website. I'll take your suggestion and call REI and request a new bike.

The rack is ok Moose and RG, but it is weird that my top tube is horizontal and not sloping like in the picture.
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Paul, about the horizontal tube... my guess is that you got a larger frame...

Good luck calling REI.
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Right on the money Magictofu, I purchased the largest frame they had: the 21" frame. I took the suggested advice I found here and on other websites by making sure the frame was large enough to minimize problems with getting the handlebars high enough.
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You can mount a fender in the same eyelet as the rack. Just use a slightly longer bolt. The rack goes to the inside and the fender to the outside.
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