Do It Yourself — Simple Front Fender
When riding on unpaved roads you’re guaranteed to get some dirt on your clothes and face. It’s just a part of the sport, but if you hate tasting sand in your mouth there’s a simple fix for this. Small front fenders that attach right underneath your the crown of fork have become increasingly popular thanks to their minimalist look, lightweight, and affordable price. While you can buy them off the shelf, you can also easily make one yourself. There are tons of guides online already, but most of them require you to have a printer to print out the template. If you haven’t gotten one, then that’s too bad. Therefore I decided to make my own guide for those who haven’t got a printer.
Required tools and materials
- Some plastic, I used a flexible cutting board, but you make one even out of a soda bottle. Get creative!
- Some paper
- Marker and pen
- Ruler, an angle ruler helps but is not necessary
- Box cutter or hole punch.
When designing the template for the fender I wanted it to be as easy to draw with the listed tools as possible. Therefore the design is quite simple but functional. Note that I designed this fender to be used with 2.3″ wide tires. It is quite wide (10 cm), but if your bike has gotten much wider tires I recommend checking the fit with a paper template before making it any further. Again, I apologize for the silly colors on the PDF file.
Drawing the template
Keep in mind that you only need to draw the other half of the template on your paper. Place the paper (A4) horizontally and start by marking a point 13 cm from on edge of the paper, and draw the centerline on the paper. Draw it all the way from top to bottom.
Next, draw a 4 cm tall and 8 cm wide rectangle in the upper corner.
From the bottom of the rectangle make a mark 5 cm below it.
From the mark drawn earlier measure 8 cm down and make a mark. This is the center point for the arc, next use the compass to draw a 90-degree arc.
On the centerline make a mark 5 cm from the bottom and use the compass to draw another 90-degree arc.
The basic shape is now drawn. Next, you need to mark where you want the holes to be. Start by drawing a line 1 cm away from the edge of the paper.
Then make marks for the holes 1 cm from each end of the line.
For the top holes draw a line 1.5 cm away from the edge of the rectangle and make marks for the holes 1.5 cm and 3.5 cm away from the top.
I ended up drawing simple 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm squares for the holes, but if you have a hole punch just use that for the holes. Round the edges as much as you want and fold the paper in half following the center line.
Make sure that the fold is straight before cutting! Make the holes and cut following the lines. Next put it on the piece of plastic you have and use a marker to draw it on it.
Then it’s just a matter of cutting it out and you’re done!
Use zip ties, string or anything really to secure it in place and go on a test ride!
Finished front fender
Cost of the project: free if you use something like an old soda bottle.
Time spent: less than an hour including designing.