Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Recycled Mud Flap

One problem with most commercial fenders is that they don't extend down far enough to block all the water getting kicked up by the tires. Of course, if the rigid fender extends too far down, it can catch on things or interfere with loading the bike onto some car roof racks. So a good solution is a flexible mud flap. Here in the Seattle area you'll see many creative mud flap solutions including plastic cut from milk jugs or water bottles, hunks of coroplast or leather, sections of rubber stair tread and all kinds of other creative solutions.

A section of an old bike tire can make a very effective mudflap. The tire beads can be cut and removed with tin snips or some stout scissors. Zip ties running through a couple of small holes drilled in the fender hold the flap in place and the rubber is stiff enough to hold its shape and channel the water away from you and your riding companions.

1 comment:

flee61255 said...

How about the leading edge of the front tire? That's the problem that I have with fenders. When going fast, the water leaving the front tire gets blown up and backwards, leaving a "rooster tail" of water across the front of my chest. Normally ok, especially with the rain jackets with the non-leak zippers, but at the first rain after a dry spell, all kinds of oily road gunk gets thrown up.