Friday, September 04, 2009

Fenders. Finally.



It's been a few months without fenders. I got my Cascadias in yesterday and put them on last night. Just in time, so it seems, for more rain.


I went with silver fenders this time, and I kind of like the look. The rear brake bridge kept rubbing on the tire, so I had to leave that part off. Hopefully sometime this weekend I can figure out what kind of modifications it needs in order to fit, because without that piece, the rear fender seems like it could spend quite a bit of time rubbing on the tire itself.

5 comments:

Ken Harris said...

The silver looks great. On mine, the piece that attaches to the brake bridge slides to accommodate most any frame. Can you flip it so that you would attach it from behind the bridge instead of in front of it? You might even email their support staff; Planet Bike is very helpful in that regard... They switched out a defective superflash taillight, no questions asked, for me last week...

BluesCat said...

Ken:

Think they would be as understanding with a Planet Bike 1200 headlight that absolutely devours batteries?

I don't think I'm getting more than a few hours with mine.

commuterDude said...
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commuterDude said...

On an older installation I did as you did: kept the rear bridge bracket off completely - but, yes: there is still some securing needed in that location. I took an 1/8" drill bit and drilled four holes into the fender itself: right where it meets the bicycle frame's brake-bridge between the seat-stays - one pair of holes fore, and one pair aft, right next to it. This allows use of the small-size 4" zip ties to go down into the fender, under the bridge, and back out - zipped and trimmed, this snugs the fender to the brake bridge, essentially holding them in place in the same fashion the manufacturer-supplied bracket would have, without the bulk and clearance issues. Once installed in this way, apply silicone sealant inside the fender to fill those holes, to prevent spray, leakage, etc. Sure, they're small holes, but why defeat the fender's purpose? Be sure it's got time to dry before riding in the wet, of course, and your fenders remain impermeable. This makes for a semi-clean, solid, rattle-free install on bikes with limited clearance - specifically road bikes with caliper brakes. Let me know if this works, or if you desire pics or diagram. My fenders were the SKS/Esge full-wrap fenders, "Chromo-plastics" (thin aluminum, with plastic-coating) Not sure on Cascadia's construction, but don't over-tighten the zip ties, and all is well.

Noah said...

Good call! I am going to give that a shot, and if it works well I'll epoxy the holes later. What little might seep out wouldn't possibly cause much harm for now.

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