|When I split the fenders back in Part I, the rear went fine, but the blade walked a little toward the end of the cut|
cut on the front. So first thing I needed to do was deal with that.
|Not all better, but way more better.|
|This is what I'll use to fill in the newly open space between the fender halves. It's .032" 5052 aluminum sheet.|
This is a 48" x 42" remnant that cost me around $22.
|Makeshift fence on the new bandsaw. There are surely lots of different ways to cut strips out of sheet,|
but I'm still needing to justify the purchase of this saw, so I'm going this route come hell or high water.
|It took more than a little body english to feed the big floppy sheet across|
the puny little saw table, but it worked, and the strips came out great.
|I worked the strips back and forth across a piece of pipe, to give them some radius.|
|The main thing to note about this picture was how dangerously low I was getting on project lube.|
I rectified the situation with a refrigerator run shortly thereafter.
|First mock-up of the front. The fender is held off the tire with wooden blocks and that's some shock cord (bungee cord) holding everything together.|
|Rear fender hardware. I wouldn't necessarily have had to make these with the lathe, but it's another|
piece of equipment that I need to justify.
|These are basically big washers that will go on the underside of the rear fender, where it attaches to the frame.|
|Ready to mount. Time to head back out to the shop. Brrrrr. I liked it better in the living room.|
|Ready for mud.|
All up, the cost was probably the better part of a Benjamin and everything added up to 2-1/2 pounds worth of fenders. They're a little floppy, but not as bad as I thought they might be. They won't be on the bike all the time - 3 screws in the front and 4 in the back is all it takes to get them on and off - but it will sure be good to have them in some conditions. Fat tires can kick up a ton of gunk. The mismatch on the shades of orange kind of bugs me - the pictures don't do it justice, but the fenders kind of clash with the frame. I had assumed that any different oranges would pretty much work together, so I didn't sweat the shade, but I think it's gonna bug me to the point that I'll need to do something about it at some point. Later. For now, it's time to go get dirty. So where's all the mud and snow?