How to Put Fenders on a Bicycle

How to Put Fenders on a Bicycle
Few things ruin a bike ride like getting wet and muddy. Cyclists know you get wet and dirty from what comes up from your tires, not what comes down from the clouds. You can keep the slop on the road by installing fenders on the front and rear wheels of your bicycle. With a wrench and a screwdriver, you can fit fenders on almost any bike.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fender kit
  • Wrench set
  • Screwdriver (Philips or standard depending on the fender kit)
  • Bicycle frame with fender mounts
Step 1
Find the wrenches and screwdrivers that match the nuts, bolts and screws in your fender kit. It is important you have the exact size so you can firmly attach the fenders to your bike frame.
Step 2
Slide the fenders between tires and frame and above the brakes. Attach the fender brackets to the mounts on the bike frame near the wheel axles and hand tighten the nuts, bolts and screws. Insert the bolts and screws from the inside of the bicycle frame to prevent them from hitting the spokes.
Step 3
Adjust the fender by hand so it isn't touching the wheel. Spin the wheel to make sure there is enough clearance. If the wheel rubs on the fender, loosen the nuts and bolts and readjust.
Step 4
Tighten the nuts and screws that hold the fender to the frame with your wrench and screwdriver. Spin the wheels again to make sure there are no points of friction on the fenders.

Tips & Warnings

Hand tightening the nuts and screws will make adjusting the fender much easier. You can finish tightening with a wrench and screwdriver after you make your adjustments for clearance.
Loose fenders can tangle in your wheel spokes and cause your bicycle to come to a sudden stop. Make sure your fenders are always securely fastened before riding.

Article Written By Jake Kulju

Jake Kulju is a Minneapolis-based freelance outdoors writer with 10 years' experience. He is an outdoors guidebook author for Avalon Travel and his work is regularly published in "Outdoor Traditions Magazine" and "Naturescape News." His nature-based poetry is published in "Poetry Canada" and "Farmhouse Magazine." Kulju holds an English degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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