Show off your jerry-rig ingenuity!
I've noticed that as commuters many of us are a practical lot and have a lot of ingenuity when it comes to solving a problem. I finally got a set of fenders for my old mtn bike turned SS commuter. These are the Planet Bike "Hardcore" 60mm ATB fenders for 26" wheels. I thought they would work with my knobbies that I was currently rolling. The front was fine but the rear posed a problem due to my rack. It didn't give any space for the fender to be moved up to clear the knobs on the edge of the tire. These were pretty good "hybrid" tires in that the center was relatively smooth and the outer part of it had knobs for grabbing. I really wanted to keep them, but, alas, they didn't work with the rear fender. So it was a good thing I had a set of fairly new 26" 1.85mm Michelin CiTY street tires from a previous bike whose frame I have long since sold. This solved the clearance issue.
Now the problem was still the rack, and I did NOT want to remove it because it is very useful. The bike only has one eyelet on each side of the seat stay. I was able to fit the lower fender stays with the rack legs by using a longer eyelet bolt. I still needed some vertical support on the fender, which the upper fender stays would provide. But no place to put them. I didn't want to put it on the eyelet for a number of reasons. I thought of using those clamps that fit on the seat stays, but that would position the upper fender stays weirdly, and not to mention a good part of the stays would be sticking out back from the fender.
So, I came up with this set-up. It involves using a used front brake cable (good thing I keep stuff like this in my parts bin!), washer, 10mm bolt and nut, and a small rubber tubing with a hole that snugs around the cable to prevent shifting, if that's even a problem.
I'm quite proud of how it looks. I could have just used wires or strings to suspend the fender, but I like to do things that look like it was engineered for the purpose :P
Cool thing about it was that it was all FREE!
And here's the bike with the fenders. Bring it on puddles! Bring it on! You down with OPP? Yeah you know me!