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Mudguards on fixed

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by MrGrumpy, 6 Oct 2007.

  1. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    So reading a few posts on here and elsewhere using mudguards on fixed can be a problem removing the rear wheel is this still the case ? Or is it more to do with the type of frame and clearances ?
     
  2. peejay78

    peejay78 Well-Known Member

    it's to do with the rear dropouts. if you have track ends (rear facing) the wheel comes out backwards, not forwards. hence difficulty - mudguards need to come off first.

    to be honest though, if you haev trackends, it's probably unlikely you can squeeze mudguards on, or have the bosses to attach them.

    hence race blades tend to be good option, combined with bombproof tyres, i.e conti gatorz, bonti hardcase, etc...
     
  3. OP
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    MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    I was thinking that might be the case, maybe be better with a rear rack for some protection if it could be fitted. Whilst mudguards are good for keeping you drier they don`t half look rubbish :biggrin:
     
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    There are a lot of fixed-bikes out there with full guards though...many bought Pompinos for large clearances + Guards. Fixed are great winter bikes and guards are an obvious addition.
    Some guards I believe have quick release mechs which aids this. The rear wheel only needs to move back an inch or so, but it still seems fiddley.

    Look at the Salsa casserole, this has old-fashioned horizontal drop-outs and can be used geared or fixed +/- full guards...seems more sensible to me, but...track-ends are more fashionable.
     
  5. OP
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    MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    if money was no object it wouldn`t be an issue nor self building but as it is i`m limited by A) £500 and :biggrin: Halfords cycle2work, so it looks like race blades if required. I suppose how many punctures do have :biggrin: i`ve had 2 on the way home before :biggrin:
     
  6. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I put raceblades on mine and it works a treat.....
     
  7. Green Teeth

    Green Teeth New Member

    I have put mudguards (and a rack) on my Pompino. At the recommendation of someone or other on a forum I used SKS quick-release clips for the back as well as the front, so you can just pop it out of the way if you need to take the wheel out.

    You can buy the clips on their own from SJS Cycles.

    I find the mudguards essential for winter commuting, I just wish someone would invent a silent variety.

    GT
     
  8. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    look better than a streak of dogshit up your back IMHO:biggrin:
     
  9. peejay78

    peejay78 Well-Known Member

    agreed.

    i use race blades, pop on, and off.
     
  10. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    The track ends advantage is the chain tensioners - I'm sold since chain tension on my horizontal dropouts is a right pain in the arse compared to the old pompino!
     
  11. Fixedwheelnut

    Fixedwheelnut Senior Member

    Location:
    South East London
    Try and get some old 'cyclo' chaintensioners for forward facing dropouts like these
    P.jpg

    As for mudguards, use the SKS front fixings on the rear as mentioned:smile:
     
  12. OP
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    MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    As for mudguards, use the SKS front fixings on the rear as mentioned

    you`ve lost me where was this mentioned ?
     
  13. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Thanks for the tip - are these rockinghorse doo doo or is it quite reasonable to assume they come up on ebay every now and again?
     
  14. Green Teeth

    Green Teeth New Member

    In my post above, to recap: use SKS QR front mudguard fixings on the rear too. Buy from SJS cycles as they will supply them on their own, albeit charging you more in postage than the things cost themselves.

    When you need to remove rear wheel, pop mudguard stays out and remove wheel without hindrance. Voila.

    GT
     
  15. Fixedwheelnut

    Fixedwheelnut Senior Member

    Location:
    South East London
    It was a couple of posts above, see below :blush:

    The cyclo chaintugs are rare I usually pay between £1 and £5 a pair at bike jumbles when I find them, they go for ridiculous money on E-bay, I keep meaning to try and make some, below is the other view.
    chaintug2-1.jpg
    Incidentley for using them on Goldtech hubs I drill out the inner face of the tug to fit over the axle end.