Low Cost Fenders for the Slipstream and Vanguard
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.
Planet Bike sells the front and rear Freddy Recumbent Fenders separately in all of the usual recumbent sizes. For the front they have 16″ and 20″ fenders. For the rear they offer 20″, 26″ and 700c fenders. You can get all of the details at Planet Bike.
These fenders really do fit almost any bike. The mounting system is flexible and easy to install. It will take you a little over a hour to install the fenders because you will have to cut the stays to the correct size for your bike. If you have a problem, the folks in Customer Service at Planet Bike are great.
Universal Cycles has a better price for these fenders than at the Planet Bike site. Check out their prices at Universal Cycles. When I checked today, their price was $8.99 for the front (16″ or 20″) and $16.99 for the rear (26″ or 700c, $13.99 for the 20″ rear). That’s $23 for a set.
For Installation help see … Installing Low Cost Fenders