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I'm currently commuting by bike and wanted to put a pair of permanent fenders to prepare for the coming winter weather. I ride a Jamis Allegro A2 with a rear luggage rack. I have a photo below of what the rear setup looks like stock and also a few pictures of what my bike looks like. If you zoom in you can see the front does come with an eyelet for a fender. The rear does not. I found an attachment by Portland design works you can put on the axel on on Amazon. However, I'm not sure they will give me the correct clearance. The fenders I'd like are Planet Bikes Cascadia bike fenders - 700c x 35mm. What should I do to get a sturdy mounted set of permanent fenders on my bike? Will I have issues getting it to fit with my luggage rack?

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  • Would one of the following questions with answers answer this? bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/6476/… bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/36808/…
    – Ted Hohl
    Oct 15, 2023 at 19:40
  • All the links to the products that work in those posts are broken
    – Ziggy
    Oct 15, 2023 at 21:50
  • @Ziggy A bit off-topic, but the "mud flap" on the front fender that you linked to is really not as good as it could be - that flap doesn't go low enough to keep the spray from your front wheel off your feet and legs. This is what a mudflap that keeps spray off your feet and legs looks like: rivbike.com/products/sks-fender-mudflap-long-each If you fail to keep the spray from the front wheel off your feet and legs, it won't take long in any decent rain for your feet to get soaked to the point water sprays out of whatever you're wearing on your feet with every pedal stroke. Oct 16, 2023 at 0:00
  • How much protection do you need? Maybe a plastic bottle cut in half and zip-tied to the rack is good enough?
    – Michael
    Oct 16, 2023 at 6:10
  • @AndrewHenle Thank you for sharing your experience. I looked at that website you linked and I'm a bit confused at what that website offers. Is that an after market modification that you attach onto one of the SKS fenders? All the sks fenders don't seem to go that low. How do you utilize that product?
    – Ziggy
    Oct 16, 2023 at 12:42

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Options

  1. Use rack mounting eyelet (with longer bolt if required). This is usually considered acceptable but not always ideal.

  2. Stabilise rear mudguard to rack instead of using mudguard stays

  3. Use P-Clamps (often found in automotive applications) correct diameter for frame's seatstays to provide an eyelet to bolt the mudguard stays on to. Mikalor ones are a good example.

  4. Use Paul H's method. Unfortunately this information is classified.

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  • My vote would be for #4. I've done it several times and it works great. If possible, put the fender stays outboard and keep the rack inboard.
    – Paul H
    Oct 16, 2023 at 23:20
  • Errr I meant #1 in the comment above
    – Paul H
    Oct 17, 2023 at 3:13
  • @PaulH updated accordingly.
    – Noise
    Oct 17, 2023 at 8:58
  • $100 in my venmo and i'll reveal the secrets the rack and fender cabals are hiding from true patriots like yourself ;)
    – Paul H
    Oct 17, 2023 at 9:08
  • I tend to use no.1, noting that the rack needs to be securely supported especially if it's carrying a heavy load. If your mudguard stays are steel, no problem, but if they have plastic fittings on the end, you really want that outside the rack, with a washer under the screw head to spread the extra pressure
    – Chris H
    Oct 17, 2023 at 10:16

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