It is a healthy attachment at that.. All of my bikes have em and when I see a bike without, it usually looks unfinished. Not only does a proper set of fenders protect ones backside, back, between leg, and shoes from loads of water in wet situations, but they protect the bicycle as well. Water and sludge don’t easily get into headsets and bottom brackets, strip the chain of lube, and coat all the expensive parts with crap when fenders are used. When there isn’t water everywhere the fenders still protect the paint from small rocks. Not to mention.. fenders look great.
They’ve been used forever for good reason.
The front fender gets attached in a few places depending on the setup. The attachment that I am concerned with is at the fork crown (see above). The fender here is cut away to show more.. 1. is where the brake bolt would be if side pull brakes are used. If not, often a straight bolt(shown) is used. 4. is the rubber washer 3. nut 2. is the specialty eyebolt that is commonly used. Together they join to form the fork crown daruma
My problem is the functionality of the fender is somewhat compromised by the lack of space between the bolt and the tire. Typically people just grind down the bolt to give more clearance, but that nut is still in the way (i wonder if Lance would think that’s funny).
A. the typical setup
B. my proposed setup.
E. a product idea for solving several problems (not having to take the brake off, using a flat head screw, and keeping it simple)
F. a jury rig, like the rest, but this one is made of wood(one of those hammer in threaded inserts would do the job for the screw)
U. (unmarked) the cork idea. It takes a bit of cutting and drilling but it has the makings of a free solution as long as you have cantilever brakes and dont plan on using the hole for anything.
This whole mess here is an attempt to take us away from the bolt and nut protrusion and move toward the sleek flat head cap screw.
New set of letters.
C. Velox plug solution. Use for bikes with no brake hole and lots of clearance (ie, track bike switched to 650b or 26″)
D. Cork solution. (just like the Velox, but more DIY)