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    Fender (Mudguard) Material - Raw Stock

    Aloha,

    I was looking over time to try and find some raw stock to make my own fenders. Any ideas? Looked through local craft stores, Wal-Mart and even did some searching in Amazon. Ideas?

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    I've used plastic school folders. Got the idea from this site. They come in a buncha colors to match bike if that's your thing

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    I was just wondering the same thing. I made a fender for my son's 20" FS out of a box of croissants but you know... it's good for a couple rides.

    Not sure what the folders are made of, but if it doesn't throw off awful gasses when burned you can laser cut.

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    You can buy them off ebay or aliexpress for under a buck if you can wait a month for them to arrive. That said, A buddy of mine had half a 2L soda bottle wedged in his front fork.

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    I use shelf liner from local hardware or housewares store, the kind made for lining wire shelves. A little thicker than most folders and bigger sheets. No fancy colors tho.

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    I friend used a bisected portion of PVC. He basically sculpted it and mounted it in the bottom portion of the steerer with a star-fangled. He had a section in front of the fork and another for behind. He made a bracket from a strip of metal bought from Lowes to connect the two.

    He also used an old license plate once that he sculpted in the same manner (using a similar bracket). The only trouble was that a license plates is reflective. It became a problem when night riding. The handlebar light reflected off the front part of the fender.

    Im using an old Dirt Diggler fender with a homemade bracket (the original bracket broke).

    I think its extremely important to have a section of fender protruding fairly far over the back AND front of the wheel.

    Edit: If you chose to buy, Mudhugger makes a great rear fender. Im not a big fan of their fronts (too close to the tire). But I hear the fronts work too.

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    Dollar Tree thin plastic cutting boards(sheets) 2 for $1. I've made my own and used them for all last season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Jeff View Post
    Dollar Tree thin plastic cutting boards(sheets) 2 for $1. I've made my own and used them for all last season.
    I've looked and looked at all those kitchen supply kind of places. Ross stores, Wal-mart, Target on and on and on.........

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    A good substitute for the cutting boards is a cheap three-ring binder. Wal-Mart sells these in the office supplies for under a dollar. You want the ones that are just plastic (no cardboard in the center). You can get a fender out of the front and the back; it cuts easily and you can use a hole punch to cut holes for zip ties.

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    Look for a plastics supply store like TAP plastics and buy cross linked polyethylene sheet. They will rough cut it and charge only for what you buy. Cross linked polyethylene is very tough and will last for a long time.

    Or, you can do as I did this year, and buy a blackburn front fender.

    For the rear fender, it's hard to beat commercial fenders that use a quick release to attach to the seatpost.
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    Back in the day we used to use 1 litre and 2 litre bottles. You should be able to go to a bigboxmart (walmart, tesco, target) and get a flexible plastic cutting board that will work really well.

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    I used an old plastic trash can and a template from GMBN.
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    Okay I will turn you guys on to the hot ticket - Easy Bagger! Nice and thick and comes preformed, use it to your advantage

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    ^^^ those things are the sh*t for bagging lawn and garden clippings/leaves etc...
    What, me worry?

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    I've been buying lunch meat for sammies lately and it's been packaged with these thin plastic sheets. Dunno if they're big enough, but they might work as a small front fender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I've been buying lunch meat for sammies lately and it's been packaged with these thin plastic sheets. Dunno if they're big enough, but they might work as a small front fender.

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    Hey, this isn't bad. With 4 holes drilled, it zipties and conforms to the brace nicely. If you don't like the shape you could cut it, and if you don't like the color, spray paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Hey, this isn't bad. With 4 holes drilled, it zipties and conforms to the brace nicely. If you don't like the shape you could cut it, and if you don't like the color, spray paint?

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    Spray paint won't stick to something that flexes. Plastic spray paint is a bit better but not much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitek View Post
    Spray paint won't stick to something that flexes. Plastic spray paint is a bit better but not much.

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    Spray it with mud, then.
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    Ive thought a plastic snow sled kids use to slide on would be great. We called em crazy carpets when i was young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Hey, this isn't bad. With 4 holes drilled, it zipties and conforms to the brace nicely. If you don't like the shape you could cut it, and if you don't like the color, spray paint?

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    I've found those type of fender work well fairly keeping water and mud away from the stanchions (I call them stanchion fenders), but they don't do a good job keeping forward spray from hitting my face on wet, faster downhills.

    The best front fenders are similar to off-road motorcycle fenders. Unfortunately, the market is fairly thin. Most that are available, are pretty flimsy. THEs and Dirt Digglers were pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pisgah View Post
    I've found those type of fender work well fairly keeping water and mud away from the stanchions (I call them stanchion fenders), but they don't do a good job keeping forward spray from hitting my face on wet, faster downhills.

    The best front fenders are similar to off-road motorcycle fenders. Unfortunately, the market is fairly thin. Most that are available, are pretty flimsy. THEs and Dirt Digglers were pretty good.
    Exactly. Why I was looking for raw material that I could go and build my own of my own design.

    That Easy Bagger has potential. I will go and look at it and see if it is too thick or too thin or the Goldilocks of materials.

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    Where are you from? perhaps I could get you some of the cutting boards and send them via USPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Jeff View Post
    Where are you from? perhaps I could get you some of the cutting boards and send them via USPS
    Aloha Jeff. Thanks so much. Just now seeing this. I live in Hawaii. I have looked at the cutting boards etc. Have not seen one I want as they're typically white. Living on one of the outer islands it can get tough sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Aloha Jeff. Thanks so much. Just now seeing this. I live in Hawaii. I have looked at the cutting boards etc. Have not seen one I want as they're typically white. Living on one of the outer islands it can get tough sometimes.
    IKEA has them. Or get a DVO fork, they come with a sano guard.


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