Friday, November 28, 2008
Fenderized at last
I gave in to winter and bought fenders for my commuter bike. I'd been stalling because fenders aren't cool, I didn't want to have to take them off when I go mountain biking, and my bike didn't look like an easy fit.
But wet is... wet, and just how cool did I think I looked before? So I went ahead. I got advice from the commuter forum to not get clip ons, so I went with Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrids. They were even on sale!
I'm not much of a modifier kinda guy, but the help I got on BikeForums.net made me brave.
I ended up drilling a small hole in the bottom back of my fork crown to attach the fender with a very short sheet metal screw and a bunch of washers.
I also bought longer bolts so I could fit the rack and fender in my rear eyelets. (Hardware stores have a zillion bolts that all look alike. Thankfully the hardware store dude was helpful or I'd have bought the wrong size)
I also used zip ties. Everything looks good and doesn't rattle.
The mounting process took way too long. I had thought I'd remove them if I was going to put on my fat tire wheels for mountain biking, but now I realize I'm never going to want to mess with the fender mounting pain again, so they'll stay on all year, forever.
I have discovered that taking the rear wheel off to fix a flat is now a bit of a pain.
I'm also sure I'm causing a drought by being prepared for rain. But at least my bike looks even more dorky than before.