Checkmark: one bike project

Finally added fenders to my commuter bike tonight…I’ve only had the fenders for several months, and haven’t yet ridden the bike this year, and now that the rain is few and far between and the days are longer, why not attach fenders to the bike?

Unfortunately, thanks to no instructions whatsoever I had to looking online to see how the hell they should be fitted. These are SKS mudguards, but they’re also sold under the Raleigh name, and since they’re made in Germany it’s surprising they aren’t supplied with any instructions whatsoever.

I had to look online for some help, and found this site: http://www.techne.net/bikes/fender-how-to.php

Pictures of this guy’s installation: http://www.techne.net/gallery/index…s/fenders-1.jpg

One thing to add is a mud flap to keep every drop of water from coming off the front fender: http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/fendermudflap.html

The bike list

So a post on a bike thread over at the Something Awful forums asked how many bikes the regular posters have. I have three at the moment:

  1. a circa 1998  Giant hard tail mtb with good components that I got off eBay which I ride few times a year at the moment;
  2. an older steel frame Raliegh hybrid (I think) from Freecycle that is the exclusive commuter;
  3. an even older Criterium brand (I think) road bike from Freecycle that I want to do up as a road bike but it needs some tune-up work and tires. To give you an idea, it’s old enough it has double brake levers up front… Supposedly it’s a French bike but there are a ton of bike brands and models called ‘Criterium’, plus it doesn’t help that a criterium is a type of bike race!

I’m hoping to get a new road bike (for exercising) through a gov’t cycle commuting plan but that’ll probably take a while to work out. This would be one of those serious ‘starter’ road bikes that’s about $800 or £650.

I’ve had a couple other bikes off Freecycle that I’ve nicked parts off of (forks for truing mainly) or just looked at, and then given away again. There’s just not enough room to have more than one ‘project’ bike, so at the moment that will be the road bike (mainly just to get it rolling reliably) and any bikes I get will either be whole or used for parts.