One thing that makes bicycle commuting a lot better is a place to park your bike inside. Leaving your trusty steed to the elements and passers by outdoors is just no fun. When you bring your bike inside you also sometimes bring in some unwanted things as well; like leaves, dirt, and road grime.
Fenders are great but have a tendency to collect all sorts of muck. I have noticed at times, especially after riding to work in the rain, that when I roll my bike out of the file room at night, there is an assemblage of items that have fallen out of my fenders as the water has dried over the course of the day. The most common culprit is leaf fragments.
In serendipitous moment one day I discovered a simple solution to fight fender muck – a plastic fork from my favorite Vietnamese restaurant. I happened to have a fork in my jacket pocket and a bright light went on in my head. Turns out the contour exactly matches my Planetbike Freedy! On nasty, wet days before I head inside I turn it upside down and scrape out as much of the muck as possible.
A simple way to stand at the ready is to sucure the fork with a rubber band on my seat post.
Do you have a trick for cleaning your fenders? Let us know.