When bicycles are the primary form of transportation in a wet climate, fenders to protect from backsplash are essential. I learned this the very hard way one fine afternoon just after a rain. The sun was out and the rain was gone, but the puddles all remained. I felt a constant stream of cold, dirty, street water splashing up on my back through the ride. Yuck. What was one to do?
We all know the personal motto of Ron Swanson and myself- Buying things is for suckers. Why buy a worthless piece of plastic when there are hundreds of worthless pieces of plastic in every garbage dumpster to be collected for free? I decided to see what I could find in the bins of our apartment complex.
|Ready for the operation|
|Laundry Soap Jug|
|Rear Fender Attached|
I poked a series of holes in the fender, and was able to run several layers of cordage to fasten it to the rear rack. I used bread bag twist-ties, plastic zip ties, and my favorite- maroon wire from a set of smashed earphones I found on the street.
Since I have attached these, they have saved my back from dirty street water countless times. They have held up for a couple of months already, with no signs of slowing down. I sometimes make minor adjustments to keep everything lined up correctly, but I would expect to do this with any store-bought fender. Some of these adjustments can be made without even stopping.
I don't know how much money I have actually saved with this, but once I get an idea to do something like this in my head, I just have to follow through. These projects usually work out well, and the ones that don't always make a good story.