I've seen stores sell mud shields for mountain bikes, but I've never seen any full fenders for sale, so I decided to make my own. Since I live near Portland, Oregon (which has a large and thriving bike community, but also lots of rainy weather) i hope that my new fenders will encourage me to ride more in the rain.
Step 1: Materials and tools needed
- 6 water bottles. I used 500ml. (2 to make the front fender, 4 to make the rear fender)
- 4 wire clothes hangers
- Several wire twist ties or zip ties. (I used 6 paper-coated wire twist ties and 7 longer plastic-coated twist ties.
- needlenose pliers
- wire cutters
- one-hole punch
- ruler (optional)
Step 2: Cut up bottles and unwind hangers
Then use the pliers, or just your hands, to unbend the clothes hangers. Try and make the hangers as straight as possible.
Step 3: Punch holes in the tube halves and join with wire
Next, extract the piece of wire from the paper-coated twist tie (or just use any thin wire you have handy) and use it to join the 2 plastic sections together. Trim off any excess with the wire cutters.
Join 4 halves for the front fender and join the remaining 8 halves for the back fender.