Well, after getting a rear fender on and seeing the benefits of having one in the rear I started looking at ways of having a front fender. I am trying to increase my efforts in making the bike my primary form of transportation. I am very likely going to go car free in the next month. The rising cost of gas, the general state of the economy, and trying to pay off some educational debt as quickly as possible has convinced me that I NEED
to go car free. This week has been rainy but I know that if I am going to go car free I am going to have to ride in the rain sometimes so I pushed through this week. No serious
rainstorms but just that medium rate constant drizzle that can sometimes really make things soggy here in southern Oregon. Well, let me tell you, it was not fun! It wasn't the rain so much as catching all the road grime and EXTRA water coming off my front tire. It was clear to me that if I was going to ride regularly in the rain I was going to have to have a front fender.
Well, I am running large Maxxis Holy Rollers and there is just not enough room between the tire and the fork to mount a traditional fender so I started exploring other options. I ran my problem by a friend that works at a bike shop and he suggested trying to place the fender over the fork cross bar. Good idea
So I started digging through the used fenders at the LBS in hopes of finding an appropriate fender. I found a nice wide steel fender from some cruiser bike that looked like it might fit the bill. 5 bux later I was on my way.
Of course this was not going to be a PNP situation. Some modifications were going to be needed. Since I was going to be mounting the fender over the cross bar I decided to turn the mounting point on the top of the fender over in hopes that I could still use the standard cross bar screw hole for holding the fender in place at the top.
It worked. By the way, I replaced those nuts in the picture with lock nuts for the final mount. Then I just had to find a way to mount the stays to a fork that definitely was not intended for a cruiser fender to be mounted to it. I came up with a solution that I think will work. I put a couple of holes on each side, cut some old tube up for a wrap and add some grip, and put some zip ties (zip ties are my duct tape!!) around the fork and through the holes. Eventually I will Dremel off the end of the stays and clean it up some, but I want to make sure this is going to ride solid before I do anything that can't be undone. I think it actually looks really good and should keep the grime of my face and out of my eyes which is the main point anyway.