Congratulations on your purchase of a set of handcrafted bamboo fenders from VeloBamboo! Please follow the installation instructions below:
Legalistic Disclaimer:If you’re really clumsy, you could poke an eye out, gouge your hand, mis-align rim brakes, or do any number of stupid things that end with a trip to the Emergency Room. Read all of the instructions at least once, and preferably twice. If you don’t understand what you’re doing, don’t start. If you’re not confident in adjusting bicycle rim brakes, please ask for help at your Local Bike Shop. Please wear all safety gear that is appropriate to your skill level, including, but not limited to: gloves, glasses, and/or an apron.
Tools Needed: Hex wrenches (varies according to bike, but probably 5 or 6mm), vice grips and/or needle-nosed pliers (optional). Adjustable wrench and/or metric “cone” wrenches (probably 8, 9 or 10mm). Bike Stand (optional).
Materials Needed: Blue Thread Lock. Towel or sheet. If your bike does not have dual/side-pull brakes then you will most likely need to purchase the appropriate nuts, bolts and washers. Your Local Bike Shop will have them in stock, or you can scrounge around in the metric section of a hardware store (and pay at least twice as much).
1. Identify the front and rear fenders. The front fender mounts via a short, right-angle metal tab, while the rear fender installs with a longer, curved metal arm. Set them aside for now.
2. In order to catch and see any small nuts bolts or washers which might fall off the bike, spread a towel or sheet out on the ground, and then place your bike on top of it.
3. Remove the retaining nut on the rear of the front brake.
4. Slide the retaining nut through the hole on the mounting tab of the front fender.
5. Replace the retaining nut, and tighten it until it is snug, but not tight.
6. Rotate the handlebars left and right, and note if the fender strikes the bike frame.
7. Lift the front of the bike, spin the front wheel, and note if the tire rubs on the fender. If your wheel is out of true, it may only intermittently rub on the fender. You will need to “true” your wheel before your fenders can be properly aligned.
8. If the fender strikes the bike frame, or rubs on a true wheel, then it will be necessary to adjust the angle of the mounting tab. Do not bend the metal tab by torquing the bamboo fender: the bamboo will break before the metal does. Depending upon the thickness of the tires, it may be easier to remove the wheel in order to make more room for hands and tools.
9. Grasp the metal tab with a pair of vise grips or pliers, and gently bend the tab at the existing angle. Check for clearance, and repeat as necessary.
10. It may be necessary to add a second bend to the metal tab, directly in front of the mounting rivets. If so, grasp the tab and rivets with vise grips, and with a second set of pliers, grasp the metal tab. Gently bend the metal tab. Check for clearance, and repeat as necessary.
11. After adjusting the fenders to the proper position, apply a single drop of blue thread lock to the brake bolt threads, and then tighten the mounting nut for the front brake, taking care to align the brake pads properly. Test the brakes by spinning the wheels and pulling the brake levers.
12. Take your bike for a test ride, and check the clearance between your toes and the front fender, particularly during turns. It may be necessary to adjust the fender alignment again.
13. Repeat steps 9-11 for the installation of the rear fender. If you run into any clearance issues, send me pictures and a general description of the problem: bikesmith_at_velobamboo_dot_com.
The fenders have been smoothed with a sanding sponge, and given several coats of polyurethane. If the fenders get too dull or dirty, they can be restored with a scouring pad or sanding sponge, followed by a thin coat of poly or tung oil. Just like any other piece of wooden or bamboo furniture, your bamboo fenders will benefit from occasional tender loving care.