With the colder, wetter, suckier weather soon to be upon us and my lady having inherited my last winter / bad weather bike – I figured it was about time I got off my soggy bottom and got something together for the coming months.
So, I dug into the old parts
…dug Trouble out of retirement and got down to business.
Now, unlike the Jamie Roy that Steph is riding – the Mark V doesn’t have any fender mounts which makes mounting fenders, well, difficult.
That’s where the P-Clamps that I picked up last weekend come in. Keep in mind, I’d much rather use rubber dipped metal P Clamps as shown here but I wasn’t able to track any down locally (granted, I didn’t look too hard) so if you need to attach fenders without mounts – definitely try to seek those out.
It’s actually fairly simple, lay down a base layer of hockey tape to help secure the clamps as well as help snug them up if they are slightly too big for your frame, pass some bolts through the clamps and adjust as you would normally. Unfortunately I’m probably going to have to return to the rear at a later date because I was only able to attach two of the four rear fender rods but it’ll hold well enough for the time being.
Do the same thing on the front and and you’re all set.
These particular fenders had some rubber flaps on the bottom that had partly torn off last winter but left little pieces of rubber that would rub on the tires as they spin. This is where my special Pam Anderson edition drill comes in handy, time after time.
So I finally had the fenders mounted well enough, threw on a seat and got everything tightened up when I remembered that I didn’t have any pedals to put on this thing. That was, of course, until I remember the tight little Miche joints that came on that Gardin that I just picked up.
Now I just need to give the bars a little chop (Ben, assuming that you’re reading this, do you still have my hacksaw?), throw some grips on, get some winter tires, grab a larger rear cog (anyone got a 17 kickin’ around?) probably install a front brake and this thing will be all set for the winter but at least for now I’ll be able to handle the rain a little bit better.
Thanks to Robbie who showed up tonight with these here Adidas leg warmers for me. I owe you a hander, bud. I’m feelin’ more and more like Ryan O every day.
I’m not sure why I just found out now but my boy Ben’s got a brand new blog and its pretty damn sweet straight out the gates! He’d made mention in the last couple of weeks of posts he’s been writing and I wondered why none of them were showing up on 51% Motherfucker, 49% Sonofabitch. Now I know… Get familiar!