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How to install fenders on a bike video instruction

  • The front wing is attached first (due to the maximum simplicity of this operation and additional self-confidence). The fender is brought up to the wheel and attached to the gorilla front fork with a screw and nut. Although the operation is simple, it is still worth taking it seriously, since overtightening the nut can easily damage the new wing (it can burst in the place of the overtightened nut), and vice versa, without tightening the nut properly, the wing will dangle and, as a result, dirt from under the wheels will fly right in the face
  • The rear wing will be a little more difficult to install, however, you do not need a higher technical education for this. Technologically, the rear wing can be attached in two ways: using a seatpost or attaching to a seatpost. Therefore, the first step is to determine what type of attachment in this particular case
  • If the fastening is carried out on the pin under the saddle, then first unscrew the pin itself with a screwdriver and remove the seat itself. Then the rear fender mount is threaded. The seat is placed on top and the screw is well tightened. The wing is securely fastened
  • If the wing is attached via a seatpost, then you need to unscrew the seatpost attachment with a screwdriver and slide it out. Now the rear fender is brought to the fastener until the fastening grooves and the grooves in the fender coincide. That’s it, you can screw on the seatpost. The wing is in place.

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Good bike fenders start at 30 and up; cheap bloodworms don’t keep dirt out. Full-size fenders, do not fit on mountain bikes. And what if you have a mountain bike, it is many years old, but there is a need to install fenders, but so that their cost is not half the residual value of the bike itself? There is only one answer. to do it yourself from improvised means. At one time I made a set of 4 five-liter canisters of Tosola FELIX using tear-off rivets and plastic cable ties, there are other options. Google and you will find a lot of similar

All summer I drove without wings, I didn’t even think to buy them, but it was enough to drive once after the rain and ……. had to splurge on 24.

How to install full fenders on a mountain bike if there are no mounting holes on the frame

Whether wings are needed on a bicycle or not. everyone decides for himself. For example, a bicycle without wings is not interesting to me. Washing all my clothes after every cycling trip is not for me.

I was interested in the last picture. Usually glossy wings like these break from a slight bend, but here someone bends the wing in half, and it does not break. I took the risk of doing this with my wing. It bent in the same way as in the picture, and unbent, while at the place of the bend there were not even traces left! So the quality of these fenders is pretty good.

There are different types of rack attachment. In the photo. metal. My wings are plastic. They allow you to slightly adjust the length of the strut within 2 cm and supposedly separate themselves in problematic cases (apparently, if something gets between the wheel and the wing or struts).

Attaching the fenders to the frame.

The fixing problems started from the very beginning. My frame has no holes for attaching full size fenders! The steel struts and their attachment to the fenders are made in such a way that the loop goes straight to the wheel axle. Apparently, the manufacturer assumed that the axle was threaded through the hinges and tightened along with the wheel. But this cannot be done on my bike. First, the left and right sides are asymmetrical there. The side with the rooster is even, and there you can somehow install a loop, and the other side is curly, and an attempt to clamp the loop of the racks there leads to the fact that the racks are not standing vertically, but at an angle, moving away from the wing to the side. In addition, the hinges of the struts are thick, and it is impossible to tighten the wheel with them, the nut simply does not twist along the entire length of the thread, which greatly affects safety. Another problem was that just at the place of these hinges there are springs centering the tie, but these springs do not pass through the loops in diameter, they just get chewed there. Therefore, this mounting option had to be discarded. The racks could not reach the hole for attaching the trunk, since it is too far from the wheel axis, to which the racks should ideally go. There are no other holes there, and there are no holes on the fork at all, except for the one on the gorilla, so I had to be smart.

Abandoned furniture was found at a local dump. There were aluminum corners bolted to the particle board panels. I unscrewed them, they are very light, their weight is practically not felt on the palm (much lighter than steel products). From one corner with an angle grinder, I made four adapters, drilling two holes in each in the right places:

An important point. Although the axle of the wheel is smaller, the large hole was drilled so that the spring could move freely in it, otherwise it would be bullshit when installing the wheel. The shape of the adapter at the large hole should be such that from the side where the seat for the nut is not flat, the adapter can lie flat (parallel to the wheel) and not bulge to the side. A small hole is drilled to fit the diameter of the bolt handy for attaching the strut hinge to the adapter. Sawed off the bolts to the minimum required size so as not to interfere with the movement of the chain and cassette, used washers on both sides.

The bike in the photos is turned upside down as the photos were taken while the fenders were being mounted.

Since the loop is displaced from the center of the wheel by a few centimeters, the racks will have to be filed a few centimeters, one more, the other less. I sawed so that there was 3.5 cm between the wheel and the wing. It makes no sense to do more, since from the front side the frame restricts the movement of the wing to that extent. Doing less is dangerous, as dirt on the wheel can rub against the fender and make it difficult to move. Cutting off more and reducing the gap is always possible, but it will not work to build up the racks, so it is better to start with a larger gap and, if necessary, reduce it later (if the wings will not catch dirt).

Plastic fasteners are screwed to the wing with complete self-tapping screws, and steel struts are tightened by hand with a plastic nut. Adequate clearance between fender and tire.

But the mount of the struts is initially located quite close to the wheel (about 1 cm). On wide tires, this can be a serious problem. So, Rapid Rob 2.25 lies almost close to these plastic mounts. On the bumps, they will probably scratch with protruding cubes. When mounting the front wing, I found a simple solution (read below), with 2.0 everything became normal, but for 2.25 I would still not recommend buying these wings, or you will have to make homemade strut mounts (more widely spaced on the outer side of the wing).

In addition to the twin steel struts, the rear wing has two more mounts. One. at the height of the trunk through the supplied plastic half-coupler. There is an unthreaded hole on the frame in this place, so the bolt and nut for this fastening must be selected by yourself. The other. at the very bottom. the hole on the wing is aligned with the hole in the frame and tightened with a bolt that is not included in the kit. The frame has already been threaded. There were no problems with the fastening itself in these places, but the fender squeezed the front derailleur, and it did not switch. I had to tinker to move the wing away from the derailleur closer to the wheel. In my case, a plastic spacer and a few washers between the wing and frame helped.

As for the front wing. The top mount attaches to the hole in the gorilla. Honestly, when buying a bike, I was looking for one that has this hole, since many forks now do not have such a hole, and there you have to tinker with another homemade mount. But there are no holes for attaching the wing struts on my fork. The original idea was the same. to make adapters from the wheel axle. There, too, a non-flat seat for the nut, so it had to be filled with additional washers of the appropriate thickness. To be honest, I don’t really like the fact that something is hung on the wheel axle. The main disadvantage of such a fastening is that the wheel cannot be removed without twisting the nut and without removing everything that is on it from the axle, while small centering springs can be easily lost, especially if the wheel is removed in the field. But on the rear wheel so far I do not see alternatives, and on the front wheel I will try to make clamps for the fork in order to free the axle from foreign inserts. Maybe clamps are less aesthetically pleasing, but more correct.But so far I haven’t found beautiful plastic clamps, and I don’t want to make a tractor out of a bicycle by molding heavy steel water clamps onto it, so for now I drive with my aluminum adapters:

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The problem of the closeness of the wing-pillar attachment to the tire on the front wheel was more noticeable than on the rear. On the front fender there is not a double strut, but a single strut, so that at the slightest vibration, the wing began to play on the sides, and these plastic pieces hit the side teeth of the tire. Neither one nor the other benefit from this, of course. The only thing I came up with was bent the post in the place where it fits into the plastic fasteners, as shown in the photo. After that, the distance between the tire and the strut increased, the wing was fixed more rigidly, and nothing clings to anything. It turned out quite practical, so I also bent the struts on the rear wheel, as far as possible from the wheel.

At first it seemed to me that the front fender was not low enough to protect the feet from dirt. In practice, no problems were noticed. When driving through puddles, feet remain clean. As if by the will of fate, a few weeks later I found a rubber bike mudguard (branded) rolled in the sand on a forest road, which fit perfectly into my wing, but since I often have to moose in the forest, drag my bike through fallen trees, I decided not to put it down for now. because it is during forest losism that you understand why the wing ends exactly where it ends. If it were a little lower, it would cling to everything.

For comparison, Schwalbe Hurricane Performance 2.0 fender and tire width:

Well, to complete the review, a photo with wings. I can’t help but notice that the thin steel struts still do not provide rigidity, and the wings are rather wobbly. They haven’t touched the wheels yet, but it’s still unpleasant. Ideally, you should strive to arrange the wings so that these racks are as short as possible, but, alas, this does not always work out. You can click on the photo to see a larger image.

Real world tests.

Especially, of course, I did not climb into the mud, but the circumstances were such that I had to overcome several flooded areas, I decided to take a photo for this article at the same time. I was quite pleased with the result. I drove out of the viscous mud absolutely clean, I didn’t even get my shoes dirty. Schwalbe Hurricane Performance, on the other hand, barely coped with the task. My feeling was that about 80% of the forces spent on pedaling was wasted, that is, the wheels just spun in place, barely maintaining movement. If it weren’t for the fenders, the rear wheel would definitely spit dirt all over my back. It’s amazing how I got out of the stream shown in the fourth photo at all. The exit from it was viscous and very slippery, the wheels were strongly sucked in, when they were rotated they were spinning in vain. If the swamp were a couple of meters longer, I would have to dismount directly into this mud. However, I will not completely criticize Hurricane. Firstly, they are not mud, but road, and the fact that they can pull out of a quick slippery swamp with their few teeth located only on the side is, as it were, even a plus in comparison with the classic road tire, which is generally useless for such places. Secondly, last year I had similar problems on the toothy Rapid Rob in these places. they also slipped noticeably, only less. As for the wings, they pay off. The fenders do not prevent dirty wheels from spinning, but they keep both the rider and the bike clean. The only thing I don’t like specifically about these fenders is the insufficient stiffness of the steel struts. Because of them, the front wing vibrates from side to side on irregularities, sometimes creating strange sounds such as bouncing.

Application. Fastening the front fender with clamps.

Supplement March 6, 2018.

The fenders are still on the bike. I did not install the clamps, I left them as they were originally assembled. In general, I am satisfied with the wings, but I want to note one feature. Pine cones. If you drive on a road covered with cones, they are somehow tightened between the wheel and the wing, and the very protection that I wrote about at the beginning of the article is triggered. The wing is detached from the struts using a plastic connector. According to the manufacturer’s idea, this connector is disconnected and then snapped back by hand, and in fact this is usually the case, but, unfortunately, during the season I have already broken two such connectors with the help of cones. the thin tendrils of the clamp break off there and they simply stop fixing. The wing begins to fly out of the retainer on each bump, rattles and interferes with movement, so this situation is very annoying on a long journey. Of course, on my return home, I just filled all these connectors with superglue and they no longer come apart, but those who are not familiar with this problem should keep this in mind. After gluing all the quick-release clamps with superglue, I no longer had problems with bumps.

Types of fenders for a bicycle

There is no single classification of types of fenders for a bicycle. However, one of the main characteristics is length, or rather dimension. Full-size fit snugly to the wheel and provide the most effective protection against water splashes. Short ones are installed significantly higher above the wheel surface and are designed, first of all, to protect the rider from dirt.

Good to know! The design of full-size models requires additional attachment points. They are realized due to wire antennae, which are fixed on the wheel axle.

The next difference is the fastening method. The front fender is installed by means of a spacer that fits into a hub under the crown of the fork. The second option is to mount with a plate and screws that are fixed to the hole in the gorilla of the plug. Make sure your bike has the hole you need before purchasing.

Important! The rear fender is secured with a clamp that fits over the seatpost. The second option. the plate and the screw are threaded into a special hole, and the bracket is additionally installed on the seatpost. We will tell you more about the installation by each of these methods below.

A detailed description of how to install fenders on a bike

Not all bicycle models are equipped with fenders. However, after riding in the rain or mud, the owner of the bike begins to seriously think about their need. In the article below we will talk about the types of wings, their advantages and disadvantages, installation methods.

Do you need fenders on a bike

It is easy to guess that the main task, as well as the main advantage of the wings, is protection from water and dirt. After installing them, the owner of the bike will be relatively isolated from splashing from under the wheels. Nevertheless, some disadvantages should be taken into account:

  • Increase the total mass of the bike. This parameter will have a significant impact in the case of installing metal models, which are currently a rarity.
  • Decreased cross-country ability. When driving over irregularities, the triggered shock absorption can cause the wheel to rub against the protective element. In addition, if the bike is equipped with rain fenders (minimum clearance with the wheel), then when passing through muddy areas, they will instantly clog. This will create unnecessary resistance and may cause a forced stop. In urban conditions, the problem will be irrelevant.
  • Changing the original design of the bike. The point is controversial and depends on the personal preferences of the owner.

If the voiced cons are not scary, and you have decided whether you need fenders for a mountain bike, you can proceed with their selection and subsequent installation.

Fast (universal) installation option

This method involves fixing the front wing with a strut. The protective element itself consists of two parts and is docked with a metal plate. The long part of the wing is worn on the bottom, the shorter part on the top. The workpiece is ready. Next, you need to prepare the fastener and install:

  • Includes screw, washer and two pieces of spacer. A washer is put on the screw, after which it is passed from the underside of the metal plate.
  • The first part of the spacer is put on top of the screw without a nut, then the second part (with a nut) is slightly screwed on.
  • Now you need to look under the crown of the fork. There is a hole in which the spacer is inserted. After placing it, start tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Parts of the fastening element will begin to move apart, which will ensure that the wing is retained in the cavity. If the spacer is not wide enough, use the included pad. If it is absent, you can independently cut the rubber strip from the old camera.

Next, let’s take a look at how to install a rear fender with a yoke on a bike:

    Place nuts inside the clamp, connect it to the wing attachment part, tighten the components with screws.

  • Take the wing and place the holder base on it. Fasten it with the screw and washer.
  • Install a threaded pin in the extension mount, dock it with the base screw. Tighten the connection tightly.
  • Loosen the retainer and remove the seat post. Put the clamp on it and press it down with the screws. You need to twist them one by one, pulling each one by several turns.
  • Join the workpiece to the clamp using the appropriate screw.
  • By loosening the individual fasteners, it will be possible to adjust the installed protection in height and angle of inclination. When riding over bumps, the wing may drop spontaneously. This drawback is present in some models, and it will be possible to completely eliminate its appearance only by installing a different design with additional antennae.

    Installing mudguards on a mountain bike

    The exact installation sequence will depend on the design. Typically, manufacturers provide visual instructions that can give you a general idea of ​​the location of elements and fasteners. In the material, we will talk about two installation methods: quick (using a sleeve and a clamp), and also more reliable (screwing the plate into special holes on the frame).

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    Installation through special holes

    If the bike has holes above the rear and front wheels, then you can purchase fenders mounted on plates. Instructions on how to put the front fender on the bike:

    • Insert the plate into the splash guard.
    • Open brakes if V-brakes (rim) are installed.
    • Attach the wing with the plate to the hole in the gorilla forks. Thread the screw.
    • Adjust the height. rubber should not rub against plastic.
    • Tighten the fastener. If necessary, you can fix the nut with a wrench, and screw it in with a screwdriver.

    Note! Similar fenders are installed on city bicycles. Usually they have additional fasteners. wire antennae. They snap into place at the bottom of the fork. Before buying them, you should make sure that you have all the necessary holes on the frame.

    A rear wing of this type can consist of two parts and is also attached through a special hole:

    • The bracket is installed on the front frame, after which the front part of the protective element snaps into it.
    • V-brakes open if necessary.
    • Take the bracket, screw and nut. The screw is threaded into a special seat above the wheel. The bracket is put on the screw as tightly as possible.
    • The wing is threaded through the bracket. its edges should lie in the grooves. The procedure is simple and seems complicated only in words. Planting depth is selected according to personal preference.

    The instructions presented in this article will help you figure out how to attach the front and rear fenders to your bike. There are no universal recommendations regarding this procedure, but the outlined sequence of actions will allow you to understand the general principle of installation and apply it on the purchased model. When choosing a wing, you should pay attention to its width so that it completely overlaps the tire. Length plays an important role. the longer it is, the less water and dirt will get on the rider.

    Installation of fenders depending on the type of bike

    Not all bicycles have the same fenders.

    The fenders are mounted differently on different types of bicycles.

    Installation principles

    Fitting the fenders to a bike is, in principle, simple. Even a beginner cyclist with a minimum set of tools can easily cope with this. It will be a little more difficult to find a high-quality model and determine the type of installation that will be suitable for a specific situation. The whole variety of fenders can be divided into two large groups: stationary and quick-detachable.

    Bicycles Forward

    How to attach fenders to a Forward bike is a topical question for many owners of these solid bikes. To handle the front wheel, follow these instructions:

    • It is necessary to install and fasten the wing on the bracket using M5 × 10 bolts, not forgetting about the spacer plastic washers. A similar procedure applies to both wings.
    • The wing can be mounted in the hole in the fork stem. To do this, you need to install the M6 ​​× 40 bolt through the washer in the bracket.
    • The lower support sleeve is installed on the bolt, while a special protrusion, which is located on the sleeve, should be located in the slot on the bracket.
    • M6 nut is installed in a special hole in the upper support sleeve.
    • In turn, the upper support sleeve is installed on the lower one so that they are in contact with each other with their beveled surfaces.
    • Bolt M6 × 40 is tightened for threaded connection with the corresponding M6 nut.
    • The front fender should have special adapters with different diameters. It is necessary to select the adapter that will fit the stem bore.
    • The assembled protective element is installed with an adapter into the rod hole, and the M6 ​​× 40 bolt is tightened. The installation of the front fender on the Forward bike is now complete.
    • To install the rear wing, it is necessary to install an M6 nut in the lower bracket, which is placed on the knee and the unit is connected using an M6 × 25 bolt with an intermediate washer. The bolt can be tightened.
    • Next, a clamp is installed on the other side of the knee. In the process of connection, it is necessary to use an M6 × 25 bolt, a washer and an M6 nut.
    • An M5 nut is installed in the mounting holes on the lower bracket, and then the wing is placed. M5 × 12 bolts and plastic washers are used to connect this assembly.
    • The M6 ​​nut is installed in the clamp bore. To connect this node, you need to take a bolt M6 × 25.
    • An adapter with a diameter that will fit the size of the seatpost is installed in the clamp.
    • The assembled wing can be mounted on the seat tube by tightening the fixing bolt.

    Some installation features

    If the protective elements need to be installed on a bike with rim brakes, then they will need to be slightly loosened or, in general, turned off and only after that proceed with installation.

    In some cases, a reflector or corner reflector may be located at the point of attachment of a fixed wing. In this situation, there is nothing terrible and irreparable, moreover, the length of the bolt is sufficient for both of these elements to be fixed.

    Installing the front wing is most often reduced to performing the attachment at only one point. Designs that are equipped with a so-called mustache are not affected. For a wing on the rear wheel, two fasteners are usually intended: the element is attached to the frame with a bolt, and to the bottom of the seat tube it is attached with its lower part. Some manufacturers equip their products with special arc-shaped latches.

    If there is a trunk in the bicycle, the wing is installed under it, if the design of the bicycle, wing and the trunk itself allows this.

    Typically, the front wing is only attached at one point, while the rear has two mounts.

    You can remove vibration on the wing and eliminate displacement during intense rides with rubber bands, ties and other elements that will pull the wing to the trunk structure.

    Fitting the mudguards correctly to your bike

    Modern bike manufacturers do not consider it necessary to equip every bike with a complete set of accessories. But without them pokatushki will be accompanied by low comfort and safety. We are talking about the trunk, mirrors, fenders. It is with the installation of the last element that problems often arise, especially for novice cyclists. Today we will learn how to install fenders on a bike, consider various options and make you a professional in this field.

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    Bicycle fenders are almost always supplied with installation instructions, as well as the necessary fasteners.

    Bicycle fenders are almost always accompanied by instructions for their installation, and the necessary fasteners are also included. An exception may be Chinese models. Some instructions even have a diagram that makes the job much easier. But questions still arise and they require immediate clarification.

    Installation of stationary wings

    Accessories of this type are screwed onto the rear stays and the front fork. City bike owners can opt for larger models that cover half of the wheel. Such accessories usually contain high-quality metal, and long wire whiskers are responsible for fixing them. They cling to the tips on the wheel axles.

    During installation, pay attention to the height of the wing. If it is located close to the wheel, the splash protection will be more effective. But in this case, one cannot hope for high cross-country ability, which will be well felt while moving on difficult tracks. Dirt will clog under the wings, and it will have to be cleaned up periodically.

    Stationary fenders are screw-mounted to the rear stays and front fork

    Mountain bikes

    Mountain bike owners try to avoid fenders, but unwillingness to ride in dirty clothes takes over. Therefore, from time to time, the question of how to install fenders on a mountain bike is gaining relevance. The fenders can be placed on both wheels. If wide models, in your opinion, will greatly spoil the appearance of your mountain bike, then you can install a shield, which must be fixed under the lower tube of the frame in the area of ​​the front wheel. For the rear wheels, such flaps are not produced.

    Installation diagram

    In most cases, the installation of protective elements is carried out according to the general scheme, which looks as follows:

    • We unfold the package with upgrade elements and a set of necessary fasteners.
    • We fix the rods on the protective elements.
    • We collect them.
    • When working with the front element, unscrew the white reflector and fix the first fixture under its bolt. Two clamps will have to be fitted onto separate bolts with large washers.
    • When working with the rear wing, it is necessary to bend the plate and secure it in four places. The fastening of the two clamps is carried out in the same way as described in the previous paragraph. For the third mount, you need a six-bolt. It must be strung on a tube and plate. The last fixture is at the bottom of the pipe on which the saddle is attached.
    • Fenders installed may require adjustment. Its meaning is to adjust the clamps and mountings in such a way that there is no friction between the wing and the wheel.
    • Now you can tighten the bolts to the maximum level.

    Option number one. plastic wings

    Quite simple. You will need a bottle of liquid soap, a knife, an M5 bolt and 20 minutes of free time. You need to find a suitable plastic bottle and cut off the side from it with a clerical knife.

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    Plastic bottle

    She will serve as a wing. The bottom of the plastic container is usually made denser than the sides. This is in our hands, we will attach to the fork through this part of the bottle. Try on the future wing on the bike, mark the place where the mount will be. If you need to cut the shape in the right places, the plastic lends itself well to processing.

    Almost finished bike mudguard

    After the hole for the mounting bolt has been drilled, you can spray paint it in any suitable color. We fasten the improvised fender to the bike and go to test new things.

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    The rear wing can be made from a 5 liter canister of engine oil. The plus is that it is already black, you do not need to paint.

    Oil canister

    We cut off the desired shape, approximately as shown in the photo. For attachment to the bike, we will use the bracket from the rear brake light (beacon). Two holes must be drilled or melted in the canister lid. We put a cable tie in them, with which we will tighten the cover and bracket.

    Clamp connection

    Now we attach the bracket to the seatpost, and screw the cut piece of the canister into the cover. For a more reliable connection, you can melt the joints of the screed and the wing with hot melt glue. Or molten plastic.

    To increase the length, if necessary, you can simply add a piece from the same canister. Place on rivets or bolted connections. Simple bike fenders are ready.

    Rear wing of a ved bike

    How to make bicycle fenders. two options

    There are a great variety of bike fenders on sale now. But high-quality ones are expensive, and cheap ones leave much to be desired in terms of quality. What if you want good wings, and they sing romances in finance? There are two options for how to make wings for a bicycle with your own hands.

    The second option is aluminum fenders

    This option is more complicated, but on the other hand, they turn out to be notable, of rather high quality and attractive appearance.

    Making aluminum bicycle fenders

    Materials used in homemade fenders: Aluminum strip approximately seven centimeters wide. Choose any length, depending on the diameter of the wheel and your preferences. The thickness is at least 3 mm, otherwise the wing will be too soft. Steel wire with a diameter of 3 mm and M5 bolts for mounting on a bicycle.

    View from above

    First you need to make a template out of cardboard so as not to redo the finished aluminum parts later. I made the usual arched shape, but you can do it as you like, it depends on your imagination. It is advisable to immediately mark the holes for the future mount. One hole should be made where the wing will be mounted near the carriage and near the seatpost. For additional fastening with wire, four more holes must be drilled. Two stepping back ten centimeters from the edge, and two in the middle between the edge and the hole near the seat post.

    We use wire

    When you are convinced that the template fits the bike perfectly, you can start marking on the aluminum. You can draw on aluminum with a marker or scratch with a regular nail. We cut out the workpiece or cut it out with good metal scissors. After that we drill holes in the marked places. In order to remove the burrs left after drilling and trimming, we clean it with an emery cloth. After processing, proceed to the bending of the wing. You can bend the strip straight over the wheel and then manually tweak it, at the end of the wing you can bend the strip a little to create a mudguard. After that, we cut off two pieces of steel wire to a length of approximately 2.5 wheel radius. We pass it through the wing as shown in the photo.

    Wing mount

    First from the outside of the wing, then from the inside out. At this stage, you may have to tinker, at least I didn’t succeed the first time. But it’s better to redo it a couple of times, but remain satisfied with the final result.

    We adjust the washers under the hinges

    Now we remove the wheel from the bike, otherwise the wing will not be installed. We bolt the first two holes, and bend the ends of the wire into loops. We will attach it to the lugs for the trunk. Be sure to use washers to avoid scratching the paint on your bike. We put the wheel back and check that nothing clings or interferes with anywhere. The same technology can be used to make the front fender.

    Bicycle kit:

    • Frame with rear wheel and attachments
    • Steering wheel
    • Front wheel
    • Box or bag with the necessary components and spare parts.
    • Instructions
    • This bike kit includes fenders, they will be sealed in a separate bag. (It is possible to complete the bike without fenders)

    Do not throw away the wing bag or tear it, you will find instructions for assembling the wings on the bag.

    Installing the steering wheel

    For convenience, we recommend driving first. A 5 hexagon will help you with this.

    Installing the pedals

    The bike comes with two pedals. Each pedal has an indication of which is left and which is right. Most often you will see letters on the pedal axis: L-left and R-right.

    The pedals have different threads. The right pedal is screwed clockwise, the left pedal counterclockwise

    To fully lock the pedals, you will definitely need a 15.

    Installation of quick-release fenders

    This type of bike accessory fits on the head tube and seat post. Such protective elements have an increased width, due to which the cyclist is not afraid of side splashes. Not every model of quick-release accessories requires the installation of a roof rack.

    The installation of quick-release protective elements is carried out not directly to the bike, but to its mounts. Due to this feature, the accessory will not be easy to steal, since the wing itself can be removed easily, and it takes time and effort to release the mount.

    The front fender mounts or fender brace must fit into the head tube assembly from below. Then tighten the fasteners / spacers well with the adjusting screw. It remains to insert the wing into the groove, which will be evidenced by a characteristic click.

    The quick release type rear guard is centered on the pin that holds the saddle. Some bikes have a pin so smooth that a fixed and well-tightened fender shifts as you ride. To eliminate this situation, it is necessary to use a rubber pad, which will increase the frictional force and prevent the wing from living its own life. Some wings are not rigid enough, which leads to their twitching. In this case, it is necessary to choose wider specimens. Quick-release fenders can be easily adjusted in relation to the angle of inclination and proximity to the wheel.

    In fact, the installation of wheel protectors is not a very difficult job that requires contacting professionals. You can cope with such a task at home, the main thing is not to be afraid of work and have enough desire. store, in this photo essay will tell you how to assemble a bike out of the box

    Some installation features

    If the protective elements need to be installed on a bike with rim brakes, then they will need to be slightly loosened or, in general, turned off and only after that proceed with installation.

    In some cases, a reflector or corner reflector may be located at the point of attachment of a fixed wing. In this situation, there is nothing terrible and irreparable, moreover, the length of the bolt is sufficient for both of these elements to be fixed.

    Installing the front wing is most often reduced to performing the attachment at only one point. Designs that are equipped with a so-called mustache are not affected. For a wing on the rear wheel, two fasteners are usually intended: the element is attached to the frame with a bolt, and to the bottom of the seat tube it is attached with its lower part. Some manufacturers equip their products with special arc-shaped latches.

    If there is a trunk in the bicycle, the wing is installed under it, if the design of the bicycle, wing and the trunk itself allows this.

    You can remove vibration on the wing and eliminate displacement during intense rides with rubber bands, ties and other elements that will pull the wing to the trunk structure.

    Installation of fenders

    The rear fender attaches to the bike‘s seatpost. An option is possible when the wings can be installed directly on the frame.

    The front wing is also secured in two ways:

    • installation under the fork (rests against the walls of the fork stem),
    • traverse (gorilla) forks.

    As I mentioned above, you shouldn’t break the package. It briefly, but quite understandably, provides information on assembling the wings.

    First, divide the kit. Let’s start with the front fender.

    Cut the rubber bands. These rubber bands will be attached to the fork stem, resting against the walls. They will not let the wing jump off its seat.

    Pick up the large diameter rubber bands (4) and (5), the attachment bracket (3) and the long one (6). We put on the elastic bands and fix them with a nut (7) as shown in the figure below. Elastic bands with a smaller diameter are included in the package of this wing, for installation in the nets of a smaller diameter. You can just postpone them or throw them away.

    We get an almost finished structure. We fix the wings on the mounting bracket.

    Installing the finished front fender on the bike.

    Now proceed to the assembly of the rear wing. The rear wing is much easier to assemble. We act in the same way. We lay out everything in order. In the photo it is quite clear what and where is attached.

    The rear wing attaches to the seat post. Remember to fit the rubber pad between the fender mount and the seat post.

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    Wing tilt adjustable with plastic nuts

    Loosen the nut completely in order to find the correct angle. The mount requires gentle handling, so if the wing does not go down or go up, it is not worth the effort, otherwise you may break it.

    Installing the steering wheel on a threaded steering column

    If the handlebar is mounted on a threaded steering column, then simply insert the stem into the hole in the frame. And tighten the bolt from above with a 6 hexagon

    After installation, check the steering column for play. It shouldn’t be!