Thursday, November 01, 2007

Lipstick on a Pig


(click for big, if you dare)

No, I don't really think of my Surly Long Haul Trucker as a pig. But then again, had I wanted a similar, but prettier bike, I suppose I would have gotten a Rivendell Atlantis. Speaking of pretty, I've wanted a pair of hammered Honjo fenders for a long, long time. So I finally broke down and ordered a pair of the extra-longs from Velo Orange. Chris has blogged the basics of the installation, but mine varies from that a bit.


Honjo Koken knows what they're doing, and the hardware is really cool. Unfortunately, the Daruma (fork crown eye bolt) wasn't long enough to give me the position I wanted, because the LHT has a lot of fender clearence. So I made this bracket from a piece of aluminum angle, and fitted a little gasket of UV-resistant rubber sheet underneath.


Here's a pic of the attachment to the boss on the underside of the Nitto M12 rack. Just a little aluminum spacer I got at the hardware store and an M5 cap screw. And a neoprene washer inside the fender and lots of anti-sieze.


Here they are working together.


And at the seatstay bridge, a little too much clearance again, so I added this little bracket. Normally it would be holding a mirror to the wall, but here it's had another hole drilled in it and spans the space between the bridge boss and the sliding bridge bracket on the fender.


Last but not least, a nylon spacer to hold the chainstay end of the fender away from the bridge. This one's not long enough, so I'm going substitute one that's about twice as long.

These things were expensive and took a long time to install, but I think they were worth it. Now, if I can just figure out why the front one is still rattling a little...

7 comments:

Jerome said...

First class! Looks great!

Doug said...

Very nice!!

Jim Thill said...

I've heard it said that wheelbuilding is the most advanced skill a bike mechanic can perform. I'd argue that getting the fender-line right with Honjo fenders on a LHT or Atlantis is much trickier. Your fender-line looks great.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Thanks to all for the kind words. Now Jim, if only I knew how to build wheels...

Anonymous said...

As a matter of interest what size fenders are those on what size tyre?

TwoBigCats@gmail.com said...

i've ordered honjo hammered's for my '92 rbt and am glad to see your post w/pics... it nicely illustrates the solution i've been working through.

best,
hal

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Sorry for the delay, anon, but they're 700 x 28 Specialized Nimbus tires, and I'm pretty sure these are the 43mm Hojos from Velo Orange.

Hal, I'm happy to be of service 8-)