This instructable will show you how to make fenders for your bike using plastic water bottles, clothes hangers (for structure), and twist ties.
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
This project took me 4-5 hours. The materials and tools I used are:
- 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)