Fenders are essential cycling gear for bike commuters or anyone who rides a bike in wet or sloppy conditions. This simple, inexpensive addition shields the cyclist from the road spray that is kicked up from spinning wheels. For hybrid bikes, one of the simplest sets of fenders to install is Planet Bike's SpeedEZ Hybrid XL. These full-size fenders will mount to just about any bike with disc brakes and a wheel size up to 700c by 35mm. Unlike many models of fenders, the SpeedEZ does not require fender eyelets for installation.
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Things you need
Remove the fenders from the packaging, double-checking that all parts listed are in the package. For easier installation, clamp the bike in a bike stand or lean it against a sturdy surface.
Locate the front fender. If the bike has a suspension fork, meaning there is a spring or shock resistance in the front, carefully thread a zip tie through each of the holes in the fender and tie them securely around the front of the fork. For regular forks, use the first two holes in the fenders; for reverse forks, use the rear holes. Zip tying the fender to fork will reduce rattling noise or "fork chatter." When installing a fender for rigid forks, simply plug up all of the holes in the front fender with the rubber plugs provided.
Plug any unused holes in both the front and rear fenders with the rubber plugs.
Slide the front fender through the gap between the wheel and fork crown.
Attach the rubber straps (also called the Speedez Quick Attach brackets) to the fork by wrapping them around each fork's leg and then firmly pulling on the straps and then looping them over the hooks in the bracket. To help the fender best fit over the wheel without rubbing, slide the adjustable stays through the eyelets and tighten the nut and bolt so the fender is held securely in place.
Slide the rear fender between the wheel and seat stays, wrapping the rubber straps around the seat stays and securing them over the bracketing hooks.
Snap the rear fender's plastic clip to the brake bridge, the short piece of frame tubing that connects the seat stays just above the rear wheel, and secure it with a 27mm bolt and locknut. If the bike does not have a brake bridge or if the brake bridge has no holes, centre the fender and then secure it with two zip ties fastened to the seat stays.
Attach the front end of the rear fender to the chain stays, located at the bottom of the rear triangle just below the chain, by guiding two zip ties through the fender eyelets and around the seat tube or bridge. Ensure that the fender is not rubbing and is at the correct height. Slide the adjustable stays through the eyelets and tighten the nut and bolt so the fender is held firmly in place.
Cut any excess strap length or double the strap over and loop it onto the hooks. Clip any zip tie ends with a pair of scissors.
Tips and warnings
- Before every ride, quickly check the fenders to ensure that they are not loose or rubbing against the tires.
- Periodically check the nuts and bolts to ensure they are secure.
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