I've just received my brand new "urban" bicycle, one that comes with pre-mounted, full length aluminium fenders/mudguards.
However, on the front wheel there is no clearing at the back end of the fenders, and the fender catch on the tire while rolling, and the bicycle is not usable until that it adjusted.
I'm addressing this problem with those I've bought it from, but that is a online shop outside of the country I live in, so I can't just take it back. [UPDATE: The shop will cover costs (up to a limit) at a local repair shop to fix it, hurrah!]
The fender is in its highest position, so it cannot be moved any higher above the wheel. The fender is aluminium, which is a hard material, but very difficult to bend.
What is your advice to me? How should I go about to get proper clearance between the fenders and the tire?
Here is a pic I found on the web of the bike, hopefully giving some overview of the front wheel and fenders:
I do not have that many good ideas, but here are my thoughts:
- bending the fenders - but I am afraid that I might break them. Also that might not give me enough clearance
- bending the bracket that attaches to the frame. That is even thicker aluminium.
- putting it into a local repair shop
- buy a new set of tires that just have a smaller circumference
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!