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fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« on: May 01, 2008, 04:57:10 pm »
I've got cheapo Halfords own 'raceblade' stylee mudguards on the summer hack (just out of hibernation). The front guard on these is very short on the trailing side of the wheel, so road spray soaks my feet. What I want to make is a mudflap for the front which is either a) very flexible, or b) quick release or c) both. The reason for this is that my workstand is the tacx with the QR system, where you take a wheel out to secure the bike to the stand. standard mudguards are too long for this and I have to remove them to fettle. The 'raceblades' are short enough to not have to.
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border-rider

Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008, 05:04:11 pm »
If you make the usual Squeezy-bottle flap and secure it to the outside of the guard using only one nylon bolt, you can rotate it up out of the way.  The downside is that sometimes it may rotate spontaneously.

I would say that a mudflap onna Racblade is going to lead to a lot of wobbling about though.

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008, 05:09:57 pm »
I have an SKS "off-road" front guard that has a SORT-of QR mounting at the fork. It's a lot longer than a raceblade, but not as long as a full-length SKS. They might make something that is more at home on a road-bike, I haven't looked.

I could see how it would help where you needed to get the front wheel and guard off fairly quickly.
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Gus

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008, 05:19:59 pm »

I used an old piece of tire, it's flexible and follows the curve further down from the fender.
I used 2 cable ties to mount it.


andygates

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 05:30:14 pm »
Thickish PVC sheet and two pop rivets.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008, 08:31:34 am »
A tyre as a mudflap. Now there's an interesting idea.

fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2008, 09:08:18 am »
A few possible ideas there!

Gus, I like the tyre option- I will have to explore that I think.
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andygates

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008, 11:10:08 pm »
Although this is not even vaguely a bodge, I've just spotted some very nice tweedy flaps at Rivendell:

http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/fenders_and_flaps#product=none

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Domestique

Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008, 07:40:21 am »
I use a set of SJS Roadguards with 'washing up bottle' mud flaps on my commuter. That gives an extra 120mm or so coverage, with no adverse problems.
Worth checking that eveything is tight once a week, but I do that anyway.

fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2008, 11:42:32 am »
Had my first wet ride post tyre flap installation this morning. My feet were markedly drier than pre installation. Thanks Gus.

Whilst installing the front flap I thought about the wet inner thighs I was also suffering from rear wheel throw off. I cut a further length of tyre which I zip tied between the seatstay bridge and seat tube to partialy fill that gap left by raceblade type guards. This had a marked effect also.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2008, 11:57:23 am »

Like this :



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fuzzy (retd.) AAGE

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2008, 12:11:09 pm »
yeah- pretty much :)
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2008, 12:15:14 pm »
Has anyone got raceblades fitted to a very aero fork?

The "brackets" on mine do not mate with the fork blade at all well. I reckon my luck will run out 1 day and the whole arrangement will leap 10` sideways - into the tyre/spokes.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2008, 08:26:41 am »
Thickish PVC sheet and two pop rivets.



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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2008, 01:52:45 pm »
Duct tape and a couple of drinking straws for stiffness work well for me.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2008, 05:20:35 pm »
Duct tape and a couple of drinking straws for stiffness work well for me.

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citoyen

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2010, 02:26:37 pm »
Would a length of old inner tube be suitable or is it not stiff enough?

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kevinp

Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2010, 06:05:58 pm »
At work I was fitting some of those plastic sheets that hang in front of warehouse doors to stop the draughts and had a bit left over and some bolts so I did this ...not pretty by any standards but well worth doing.



Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010, 08:46:18 pm »
On a raceblade I would go for the washing up bottle method, strong enough and light.

Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2010, 08:49:46 pm »
Superglue is way easier than nuts and bolts.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010, 09:05:23 pm »
Superglue is way easier than nuts and bolts.
:facepalm: That is so obvious now you mention it! I've been using duct tape, but superglue makes much more sense. No point in making a mud-flap a work of art - it MAY get muddy ... !



I would go for the DPC approach (will link ifigetroundtoit).
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andygates

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2010, 09:09:27 pm »
Superglue that brittle, rubbish when wet, stuff?  Vibration, crack'n'fail, woe, despond.

Mesa gonna usea pop wivvits.
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2010, 01:34:28 pm »
Superglue that brittle, rubbish when wet, stuff?  Vibration, crack'n'fail, woe, despond.

Mesa gonna usea pop wivvits.

... or nuts and bolts if you don't have a wivviter.

andygates

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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2010, 03:26:50 pm »
Well yes, but it's an excuse to go get one.   :demon:
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Re: Any ideas to make a flexi front easy fit mudflap?
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2010, 09:45:39 am »
Well yes, but it's an excuse to go get one.   :demon:

Plus, like a staple gun, they give you an excuse to fire projectiles about in a totally irresponsible manner.