Archive for September 5th, 2006
Slipstream with Planet Bike Freddy Recumbent Fenders
The following pictures and instructions are from my first installation of the Planet Bike Freddy Recumbent Fenders (see Low Cost Fenders for more information on the fenders) on my Longbikes Slipstream. Installation on a Ryan Vanguard would be very similar. I’ll be reinstalling the fenders now that I am back from my Northwest Tour and will probably be able to refine the technique on the send pass. I will update these instructions if I figure out any improvements.
Summer has officially ended and it is time to think about riding in not so nice weather. One way to help is adding fenders. Fenders keep mud and water off of you when the road is wet.
Planet Bike Freddy Recumbent Fenders offer an alternative to custom fenders for the Ryan Vanguard and Longbikes Slipstream. For less than $40 you can buy the Planet Bike Freddy Fenders and a few extra stays. You’ll see why you may want the extra stays in my next post when I show you how I installed the fenders.
I like the Planet Bike Fenders because they are plastic. I know that sounds odd but plastic fenders are quieter than metal fenders. They use steel stay but the fenders are plastic.
I also love the rubber flaps on these fenders. The flaps really help keep mud and water off of you while you ride. The Slipstearm has a tendency to throw mud right up onto my face and glasses when I ride on a wet road. Fenders really make the ride much more pleasant.