Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Need Help Selecting Fender

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Need Help Selecting Fender

Old 01-18-19, 11:17 AM
  #1  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Need Help Selecting Fender

I ride a Motobecane Super Mirage (bought it new in March '77) to work. I don't ride when the roads are wet because of the rooster tail, etc.
It has 27 X 1 1/4 tires.
Anyone have experience with what fenders will work? I have no experience with whats out there these days, other than they're made of plastic? Do I need to take it to a LBS to match them up? I'm thinking the selection will be better online, but I wouldn't know what'll work.
I do know I want them to be full length. The "mini" ones I've seen wouldn't help much. Besides keeping me dry, I want to preserve the bike's pretty good condition, also.

Last edited by 408mopar; 01-18-19 at 11:22 AM.
408mopar is offline  
Old 01-18-19, 11:19 AM
  #2  
Random Tandem
Senior Member
 
Random Tandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 137

Bikes: Disc-Brake Sturmey-Archer S5 Hub All-Weather Commuter, 1970's Sekine, 1980's Kuwahara Tandem, plus a few dozen

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you can buy used fenders at a local bike co-op (and perhaps on craigslist, too) it is easier to be sure they will work for you than buying online. I am not sure of the details of the bike you have and the clearance and connection points available, so posting a photo may help you get good advice.

-Will
Random Tandem is offline  
Old 01-18-19, 11:30 AM
  #3  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 40,934

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 183 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6563 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 65 Times in 58 Posts
Brand names

SKS.. I have a set that is 30 years old & bought several since ...best Width is that of the tire + 2 cm.

If bought @ a bike shop they will put them on for you (or that is what the LBS, here, does )









...

Last edited by fietsbob; 01-18-19 at 11:34 AM.
fietsbob is online now  
Old 01-18-19, 12:36 PM
  #4  
nfmisso
Nigel
 
nfmisso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 3,005

Bikes: 1980s and 1990s steel: CyclePro, Nishiki, Schwinn, SR, Trek........

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 377 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For 27 x 1¼; look for 700c x 45mm fenders. I like SKS, Planet Bike and Sunlite fenders.
nfmisso is offline  
Old 01-18-19, 08:06 PM
  #5  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the replies.
I guess my biggest concern was what size would work.
I just ordered Planet Bike 700 x 45's.
408mopar is offline  
Old 01-22-19, 09:58 AM
  #6  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,501

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2910 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by 408mopar View Post
Thanks for the replies. I guess my biggest concern was what size would work. I just ordered Planet Bike 700 x 45's.
well, they're wide enough for your ~32mm tires. cuz your fender should be 10mm wider than your tire, right? installing them will be interesting, as fender installs always are!
rumrunn6 is online now  
Old 02-02-19, 09:53 PM
  #7  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I ordered them on the 18th. (Amazon) They were shipped the 21st. "At carrier facility" the 21st. The "carrier facility" is the USPS's. Supposed to arrive the 31st. TEN days from WI to NJ. Still not here. Amazon says they're looking into the problem. They know the problem; it's the USPS!
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-17-19, 03:57 PM
  #8  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The fenders showed up last Thursday. They went from Wisconsin to Chicago, to Pittsburgh, to Philadelphia, to Bellmawr NJ, then to my local office, and finally to me. I mentioned to the carrier that I'd ordered the package 4 weeks ago. He was amazed and openly wondered how it could take that long to arrive. I was tempted to say I was going to ask you that! I'm sure he believed that it must've been an issue with the shipper, there's no way the USPS screwed up!

Anyhow, to finish this and provide info for any future searchers, I put them on yesterday. The front went on with zero problem, the rear just took a little finessing because it's longer that the front.

Thanks for the help!
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 04:39 AM
  #9  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,501

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2910 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by 408mopar View Post
The front went on with zero problem, the rear just took a little finessing because it's longer that the front.
got pix?
rumrunn6 is online now  
Old 02-18-19, 09:56 AM
  #10  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


I bought this bike new in March of '77.



Odd looking black plastic gizmos have a hole in them for the bolt.


Black plastic bracket snaps onto fender, slides where needed.



I had to remove the kickstand; the fender just clips on, the replace the kickstand.
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 10:03 AM
  #11  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,501

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2910 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by 408mopar View Post
nice job! this photo is interesting! why does that bolt seem to have no head?
rumrunn6 is online now  
Old 02-18-19, 10:16 AM
  #12  
mtb_addict
Senior Member
 
mtb_addict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 3,814
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2828 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
i had problem with the stays flex too much because its so long on 700c wheel. bang around a few times at the bike rack...and it was messed up.

i like to try Wald fender sumday...they look to have stronger stiffer stays.
mtb_addict is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 10:24 AM
  #13  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,497

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 975 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
nice job! this photo is interesting! why does that bolt seem to have no head?
The head is on the inside. If the clearance Is tight between the frame and the freewheel the head being closer to the frame gives more clearance. Of course this depends on the type of bolt.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 10:55 AM
  #14  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 22,501

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 82 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2910 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
The head is on the inside. If the clearance Is tight between the frame and the freewheel the head being closer to the frame gives more clearance. Of course this depends on the type of bolt.
clever! over time, I tend to continue fender installations. good to get them on but sometimes mine require some tweaks. since this bolt might loosens while riding & be a PIA to tighten easily, I'd be tempted to cut a bolt the exact length & add a lock washer, then screw it in from the outside
rumrunn6 is online now  
Old 02-18-19, 11:46 AM
  #15  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

One more, shows the stays adjustability.
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 11:48 AM
  #16  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i had problem with the stays flex too much because its so long on 700c wheel. bang around a few times at the bike rack...and it was messed up.

i like to try Wald fender sumday...they look to have stronger stiffer stays.
They are fragile. This bike never sees a bike rack.
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-18-19, 06:52 PM
  #17  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,497

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 975 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
clever! over time, I tend to continue fender installations. good to get them on but sometimes mine require some tweaks. since this bolt might loosens while riding & be a PIA to tighten easily, I'd be tempted to cut a bolt the exact length & add a lock washer, then screw it in from the outside
I put Loctite on the threads.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 02-20-19, 11:04 AM
  #18  
hokiefyd
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Northern Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 2,079

Bikes: 2018 Redline Zander, 2018 Giant Roam 2, 2015 Trek Verve 3, 1997 Trek 750, 1969 Peugeot PO-18

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 705 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 14 Posts
That's a fantastic looking bike. Great work to keep a bike you love on the road for so long!
hokiefyd is offline  
Old 02-21-19, 02:51 PM
  #19  
Wilfred Laurier
Señor Member
 
Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4,119
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 273 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
I can't tell for sure, but the fender mounted behind the rear brake might be missing a washer... plastic doesn't like to have steel nuts tightened right against it.

Looks very cool, though.
Wilfred Laurier is online now  
Old 02-24-19, 06:45 PM
  #20  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
That's a fantastic looking bike. Great work to keep a bike you love on the road for so long!
Thanks. I've really ramped up its usage the last 3 years or so. That's when I began using it to commute- 82 miles per week when weather allows.
This weekend, I disassembled, cleaned and lubed the rear derailler and the chain. :-)
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-24-19, 06:48 PM
  #21  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
I can't tell for sure, but the fender mounted behind the rear brake might be missing a washer... plastic doesn't like to have steel nuts tightened right against it.

Looks very cool, though.
I think you're right. (No washer.) I'll keep an eye on it. The fender is so light, I'm figuring that it won't be too stressed.
408mopar is offline  
Old 02-25-19, 11:24 AM
  #22  
Wilfred Laurier
Señor Member
 
Wilfred Laurier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4,119
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 273 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by 408mopar View Post
I think you're right. (No washer.) I'll keep an eye on it. The fender is so light, I'm figuring that it won't be too stressed.
The fender will not add much force to the fasteners, but the other side of the bolt is holding the brake, which does create a lot of force, and will work much better if it is rigidly attached to the bike.
Wilfred Laurier is online now  
Old 02-25-19, 11:34 AM
  #23  
Dschmale
BMX commuter gone roadie
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 41

Bikes: Cheap ones

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Beautiful bike. The fenders compliments it nicely.
Dschmale is offline  
Old 02-25-19, 02:46 PM
  #24  
Random Tandem
Senior Member
 
Random Tandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 137

Bikes: Disc-Brake Sturmey-Archer S5 Hub All-Weather Commuter, 1970's Sekine, 1980's Kuwahara Tandem, plus a few dozen

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
+1 I Since there is a lot of thread showing on the bolt attaching the rear brake, I suggest a second nut before the fender to hold the brake (and reflecter) on tight, then use this nut to only hold the fender. Bike looks great!

-Will
Random Tandem is offline  
Old 02-25-19, 06:18 PM
  #25  
408mopar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
The fender will not add much force to the fasteners, but the other side of the bolt is holding the brake, which does create a lot of force, and will work much better if it is rigidly attached to the bike.
True. I'll add a washer.
408mopar is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.