|Shaky phone photo down at the park with Goose|
I have a Bike Tow Leash so that I can ride our dog Goose down to the park, meaning he gets a proper run. He loves it! Because we do this all year round, and because we sometimes get home at dusk, it's practical for the bike I use to have fenders and lights built in, so that's what I've done to this bike. I had some SKS fenders that weren't used on another project. They're superwide at 60mm, so perfect for this job. I also picked up some used Reelights on Gumtree from a person down the road. These lights are great for being seen (but not much good for lighting your way in the dark) and because they're permanently attached and batteryless, you can forget about them.
|Roughly mounted front fender. I managed to get it mounted a bit higher on the fork crown to get a more consistent line, as well as sorting out that bowing at the back once the stays were trimmed.|
|This attaches to a bridge between the chainstays. Sometimes, the bridge is too far forward, creating a big gap between the fender and the tyre. It will still keep you dry, but it doesn't look that good. You can use a bolt and a few washers (or make up a Spring Thing) to improve the fender line if you need to. In this case, it was fine with the clip. Notice also, the trimmed part on the right hand side of the fender. These come pre-cut on the 60mm fenders to make sure there's plenty of space for the chain.|
|This bridge just clips on. They work well, but I've got a broken one on another bike at the moment, I think because it was under constant tension, which I tried to make ensure was not present when this was all tightened up.|
|SKS stays need to be setup and then trimmed.|
|And then this funky plastic cap gets fitted.|
|I used my Dremel to mark the cut, but don't cut it in place because the heat melts the fender. I learnt this on my first set of these fenders.|
|How the cap fits.|
|All done up to ensure the fender line is clean and balanced.|
|Reelight on the front|
I've raised the idea of a $250 touring bike challenge with a few friends. The idea is to build a touring bike for under $250 (not including luggage and camping gear) and go on a tour with it. I reckon I could almost do it for under $100 on this bike.