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The cover of Butler's <em>Gender Trouble,</em> with bike helmets badly Photoshopped onto the kids.
I realize I'm the only person who's going to find this picture funny, but since I went to the trouble of making it before that occurred to me, it's going on up.

I decided this was the year I was finally going to bother equipping my bike with fenders, and immediately ran into a brick wall. >:[

See, Brigadelle (my epic mount) is a late '80s Schwinn road bike, and it does not have a whole lot of clearance. And I kind of maxed out what clearance IS there by equipping it with a pair of Schwalbe Marathons. (I haven't had a flat since the previous Panaracers gave up the ghost, BTW, so I can't regret that.) And also the frame is only like 49cm, which means we're basically operating at the frozen limit of what you can get away with putting a 27" wheel on. (In fact, we're probably past it, but I don't think anyone making bikes in the '80s had yet realized that shrinking the front wheel was a viable approach.)

This is what we're dealing with, basically:

Blurry view of the fork crown

The whole frame, from the side

A better view of the problematic part near the down tube

I've only poked at one shop's supply so far, and what I learned is that full fenders are just plain out of the question, the fattitude of the Schwalbes rules out the more common size of those Planet Bike halfsies that attach to the fork blades with zipties, and even if I can get ahold of the wider "hybrid" size of halfsies, the minuscule distance between the tire and the down tube will make it a challenge anyway.

Has anyone come up with any brilliant fender solutions for smaller bikes with clearance issues? Any brands that you've found work better than others? It seems like this might require some creativity.

Date: 2010-12-06 01:31 pm (UTC)
rax: (arceus deleuze guattari)
From: [personal profile] rax
First of all, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO WILL FIND THAT IMAGE FUNNY OH MY GOD <3

Second, to actually try to help you with your problem, I have seen people take a piece of plastic and attach it directly to the bottom tube in order to approximate at least the back half of the fender in that situation; for the front unfortunately I do not have a good suggestion, but hopefully someone else will. Best of luck!

Date: 2010-12-06 05:09 pm (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
From: [personal profile] sara
Heh, I also find it funny.

My best suggestion on the fenders issue is, er, rain pants. Or a new front fork.

Date: 2010-12-11 05:58 am (UTC)
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
From: [personal profile] darkemeralds
Sorry I'm not help to you on your actual question, but I love your ChopSpokes. Nice arrangement! I bet they look fantastic out rolling around at night.

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