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sailorboy
04-05-2006, 09:00 AM
Are there many options out there for some classic fenders other than modern plastic ones? I like the look of the "turtleback" hammered aluminum ones I see in bike show photos etc. but not sure where to find them. They also look real expensive. I need them for a '93 bridgestone MB-2 if that helps narrow it down. Thanks for any suggestions.

MRB
04-05-2006, 09:09 AM
Do you mean these?

http://www.jitensha.com/eng/fndrs_e.html


HTH,

bironi
04-05-2006, 09:28 AM
These are nice.
http://www.wallbike.com/Berthoud/ssfenders.html
Here is a long list of makers.
http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/fenders.htm

Byron

palincss
04-05-2006, 10:45 AM
Are there many options out there for some classic fenders other than modern plastic ones? I like the look of the "turtleback" hammered aluminum ones I see in bike show photos etc. but not sure where to find them. They also look real expensive. I need them for a '93 bridgestone MB-2 if that helps narrow it down. Thanks for any suggestions.

You are thinking of the Honjo, available from Jitensha Studios. http://jitensha.com/eng/fndrs_e.html
They're generally around fifty bucks a pair plus hardware.

The other prime candidate is the Gilles Berthoud stainless fender, but it's not hammertone.

spiderman
04-05-2006, 10:53 AM
i like them
and they work great...
...just a challenge to mount...
but zip ties work wonders!

CalfeeFly
04-05-2006, 10:59 AM
Rivercity Bicycles Portland (http://www.rivercitybicycles.com/)

They are the king of fenders and for obvious reasons. They also make their own hardwood fenders that are to die for. They also make a variety of their own mounting hardware to make fenders more feasible on a road bike.

yeehawfactor
04-05-2006, 11:42 AM
imho atmo honjo bro

11.4
04-05-2006, 11:49 AM
Second the Honjo hammered fenders, and the great service from Jitensha.

Do be aware of what mounting Honjo's is like:

First, you have to drill all holes for clips, struts, frame mounts, etc. This isn't a big issue since those holes need to be custom positioned anyway, but don't be surprised.

Second, if you bolt anywhere directly to the frame, you will harden and fatigue the aluminum quite rapidly (and the fender then cracks) unless you mount a shock absorber between the fender and the frame. I use a neoprene grommet with an internal hole just large enough to take a 5 mm button-head bolt. Drill the hole in the fender to accommodate the grommet, then bolt it to the frame with the button-head bolt, with a washer on either side of the grommet. I went through rear fenders every five hundred miles (completely cracked at the bolt hole) until I did this, and since then, no problems.

Third, Jitensha has some alternative hardware that is a big improvement over the basic stuff. Take a hard look at it. And use some stainless nylon-insert self-locking nuts instead of the nuts and independent lockwashers that come with it.

sailorboy
04-05-2006, 05:03 PM
Thanks everybody, great tips from all, especially on the fatigue-reducing fittings!

I like those fancy wooden ones, but I don't think this project would merit them. A good sturdy industrial design with a Japanese name is the ticket methinks. Jitensha it is.

bluesea
04-05-2006, 05:18 PM
imho atmo honjo bro yo provo ask the coach :beer:

You forgot the "yo provo ask the coach :beer:". I put it in for you.

dirtdigger88
04-05-2006, 05:20 PM
wood fenders are cool

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=13450

Jason

yeehawfactor
04-05-2006, 07:07 PM
You forgot the "yo provo ask the coach :beer:". I put it in for you.
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