Step 5: Create Arms

To secure the bottom of the fender, I used an aluminum bar to create arms to reach across the wheel. Bend the bar 90 deg. twice so it will fit the inside of the fender. (When it's attached it will actually be less than 90 degrees because the arms spread out a bit)

Cut the arms down to an equal and appropriate length with a hacksaw. It will depend on where they attach to the fork. I'll get to that in the next step.

Rivet the arm to the fender. First drill holes through both and use a pop rivet gun to put 1/8" rivets through. If you cant get a rivet gun maybe you could use short machine screws and nuts.

As you can see in the pictures, originally I was going to connect the aluminum bar to the underside. But then I realized it would be better to rivet it to the walls of the fender so that the arms can rotate where you need them without changing the shape of the fender.  So I drilled out the old rivets and put new ones in the sides.

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I love the idea... I did one with a Hot Wheels track in college.<br>
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&quot;(if you happen to bike in a post-apocalyptic war zone). &quot;<br><br>I loved that comment! <br>I want to see a Mad Maxish bicycle! :D<br><br>Nice job and nicely written. To bad that I don't own a bicycle, as I don't need it. Well, nobody is perfect in this world! :o<br><br>
Can you spell "Instructables"?
LOL, what I meant was it would be cool to have a fender bike spelled "Instructables" for the office.
I wonder, if you used this on the back wheel of a motorbike, if it would be legal as an actual license plate
Try it out and let us know if you get ticketed!
Unfortunately for whoever gets paid for ticketing, I do not own a bike or a bike license. If I did, I would have already tried this, and undoubtedly would have come back to my current license-less situation
nice where can i Liberate a euro plate like that here?
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Oh yeah, I've seen Bitburger Beer but I never made the connection.
Looks great. Did you try to get the aluminum arm to connect to the bolt of the wheel itself. It might look better and not have the ubolts on the fork.<br>I think that is how the bought ones do it.<br>Gives me some ideas for my bike.<br>Thanks.
Yeah, I would have attached it straight to the skewer, but the dropouts are blocked by the suspension forks sticking out to the side. That is a simpler and more elegant solution though.
Awesome Fender! <br>My only suggestion would be to finish out the U bolts better with some acorn nuts. Great job!
Good idea; it's a bit ugly as is.
I like this fender, especially the reflectiveness of it. Great idea. I bet you can find european style license plates on eBay.
I guess US cyclist will have to settle for aluminum roofing shim material.

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