We have seen a tall boy fender before, and reader William decided to send along his minimalist version. Text and pictures below credited to William. Solid beer choice by the way =)
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I wanted a minimalist fender similar to the Tangent SL. I had an old ugly plastic fender for the mount.
Using a tallboy, I removed the top with a can opener. I cut the can lengthwise along the label seams and around the bottom using tin snips.
Eyeballing the placement on my tires, I marked the width I wanted to cover my road tires with a sharpie. I then trimmed the bent portions of the can to just wider than that with a taper. I realized that I'd have to fold the edge of the can over several times in order for the screws on the fender mounts to be able to grab hold. Experimenting with an extra piece of the aluminum can, I found that 9 folds would be sufficient. Starting with about a 2mm or 1/16th inch fold along the art/text/label vertical lines helped me keep the edges straight. The tip of pliers gave me a purchase on the aluminum for the initial bending of the metal.
Once it was bent over enough, my thumbs were more effective at completing the fold. I'd crimp the new edge with the pliers before starting the next fold. Repeat 9x on each side. After five folds, I found that it was easier to start the fold by hand as the edges were strong enough to nearly roll themselves over. Towards the end, I finished by trimming the top/bottom of the former can, now fender to be symmetrical and visually appealing once mounted. The angle for the mount I based off pictures and video of the Tangent. I haven't had the opportunity to try the fender out in puddles, so I hope I got it right!
Not all bikes come set up for fender installation, and reader Michael came up with a hack to fight of mud, grime, and snow. He is from Michigan, and commutes 10-miles each way to work, but his main winter riding fun is the renowned Winter Ride Challenge Series (WRCS) . He sent along the following . . .
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Some of my best hacks have been aided by beer. Okay, all of my hacks have been aided by beer. Not only has beer aided reader Brad, he sent along this hack incorporating his tall boys.
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Inner tubes are one of those bike related items that can be hacked in all sorts of ways. Reader Alex from Rochester, NY sent along two uses for thick tubes meant to resist thorns.
Thorn Tube Mudflap
Cut an old thorn resistant tube (they have a little more "structure") so you have about an inch of overlap on the fender and a half inch or so off the ground. Take two old spokes (cut to size) and skewer the tube as shown in the pic (three horizontal, one vertical). Keep all the pointy ends in the inside (aesthetics). This will retain good shape and give the best coverage.
Drill two small holes about a half inch in on either side of the fender, pierce tube slightly with a knife and zip tie the tube to the fender. HUGE improvement over so-called long coverage fenders. This will dramatically reduce winter slop and salt from getting to your drivetrain. Enjoy!
Thorn Tube Door Sweep
Take an old piece of lath and an old thorn resistant tube and measure/cut according to your door width. You'll likely need to cut your tube in half longwise, set this up so the thorn resistent/thick part of the tube is closest to the floor. Pre-drill four 1/4" evenly spaced holes in your lath. Use 1.25" wood screws.
Starting at one end pierce the tube with the screw already mounted through the hole in the lath. As you work from one side to the other stretch the tube slightly to keep a uniform shape. Trim excess tube at the finished end. Line up the sweep on the closed door, secure with screws and admire your upcycling project with drink in hand.
Even though my commute is on pavement, my chain picks up its fair share of gunk and grime. Reader Cam has a really muddy commute and came up with a great hack for trying to fend off the onslought of mud.
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My commute is really really muddy, so muddy that mudguards are impractical as they just clog up with mud.
Now, I don't mind getting muddy, as I dress for the occasion and get changed at both ends.
What I do mind however, is having a graunchy drive train that needs to be cleaned and lubed after every ride, and wears out really quickly if you don't. (Let's be honest - who cleans and lubes every day?)
So I've been trying to stop the muck from getting on the chain, being carried round to the rear mech and clogging up the jockey wheels.
To this effect I've built a mudchainguard.
If you want to make some, here's how it's done: -
1) Buy some chocolates and hide them from the kids.
2) When the kids have gone to bed - eat all the chocolates.
3) Make a template from a cereal packet. (I found that the lid off a jar of curry powder was a perfect match for my bottom bracket diameter)
4) Mark up the sweetie tub using the template and a marker pen and cut it out.
5) Offer it up and fettle.
6) Punch in some holes for cable ties and cable tie it in place - one around the down tube and one on the seat tube. Because my seat tube has a smaller diameter than the down tube, I spaced out the seat tube cable tie by passing it though a rubber tap washer.
I'm not that bothered by the colour as it'll be covered in mud after 5 minutes.
Statistics surrounding the production, usage, and disposal of plastic bottles are alarming. In 2009 it was estimated that 1,500 plastic water bottles were consumed every second in the U.S. All those plastic bottles provide raw materials for creative minds, and reader Nikos, who blogs over at Bicycleobsession, sent along the following . . .
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I'm sending a beautiful hack I've done with two plastic bottles I
found on the side of the road and a hanger. It's a virtually
indestractible fender, light as feather and free as air.
The most sophisticated, durable, efficient, simple, discreet, reliable, unique, soundless (not more clanking), light, eco-friendly, good looking bicycle fenders in the world. And they are free.
I have not truly mountain biked since the early 90s. I do remember mud being an issue (I grew up in Oregon after all) and Lewis sent along the following hack to help fight crud.
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Instead of throwing away a badly worn tyre, fashion a "crud catcher" from it.
Fancy neoprene ones cost upwards of $20++
A discarded old tire cut to size (using cable cutters to gnaw through beads) and normal scissors. Zip tie it to the suspension arch and upper stanchion mounts. I made this.
All thats needed.
1. Old tyre
3. Cable cutter
4. Zip ties.
Its not pretty, but it works VERY WELL! It lasts much longer than inner tubes. A larger version of the same picture above is available here, and an alternative view here.
One unexpected surprise of starting BikeHacks is the number of countries we receive hacks from. I think we have hit every continent, including Antartica - someone who rode on the contintent emailed us in the past. Perhaps our first ever 100% organic hack comes from Angus in Indonesia.
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