|SKS LONG MUDFLAP
They never seem to be long enough.
When I took delivery of both my touring bike and my training bike they were both fitted with SKS chromoplastic mudguards.
In my opinion neither set came down low enough on the front wheel.
They would stop most of the spray from finding it's way too far up the down tube but were too short to prevent spray, dirt and mud finding it's way onto the bottom bracket and the chainset...and in turn my feet and lower legs.
At the time I searched online for a suitable mudflap as a means of lengthening the mudguard but couldn't find anything that did the job but also looked good when fitted to the bike...
In the end I made a couple of flaps...fashioned from an old DVD cover.
That was two years ago and my home made flaps have not only worked efficiently but have also stood the test of time without falling apart. Unfortunately the flap fitted to the Tifosi got damaged during transportation of the bike in the vehicle up to Scotland. It still did the job but was now looking decidedly tatty..!
When I got home I went back on the internet to see if I could find a suitable replacement.
If I couldn't find one I would have to make a replacement, but a nice looking purpose made flap was what I really wanted.
Brooks make a leather one at the grand price of £14.99 and they probably look great when new, however to my mind leather doesn't seem the ideal material for a mudflap.
One of the mudflaps that I found was the SKS Long Mudflap.
|SUPPLIED WITH NOT ONE BUT TWO PLASTIC RIVET FITTINGS
"The best mudflaps we've seen to date. Slides over the end of the guard - you then drill a 5mm hole through the guard and insert one of the supplied push pin plastic rivets by hand - The flap is made of flexible rubber".
They had two sizes...50-60mm & 42-45mm.
I measured my guards and then ordered the 50-60mm.
When they arrived I realized that I should have ordered the 42-45mm instead.
The slightly larger ones fitted OK but I could see that the smaller ones would make a slightly trimmer fit.
As 'image is everything' to quote Jeff at the Flat tire blog I decided to order again ...but this time the slightly narrower size.
I never bothered to send the two wider ones back, as at the price of only £3.99 each, by the time postage was taken into the equation it just didn't seem worthwhile.
|SLIDE ON FIT
When on the bike they look good too with a nice designed for purpose appearance.
In practical terms they have lengthened the guards to just 12cm above the road and follow the curve of the wheel.
Obviously manufacturers realized some time ago that they could make more money by selling mudguards and mudflaps separately, although on some rare occasions they can be supplied together.
In most situations a mudguard on it's own fails to do the job fully due to it's length.....with these SKS mudflaps the mudguard is effectively lengthened enabling it to do the job properly.
The only very slight alteration I had to do was to shorten the plastic rivet by about 5mm when fitting on the Tifosi mudguards in order to give sufficient clearance.
Everything on the Tifosi has very tight clearances as the bike is more sport orientated - no similar problems on the tourer though with it's more generous clearances.
I still have the 50-60cm mudflaps and if anyone out there (worldwide) would like one for their front mudguard I would be only too happy to pop one in a jiffy bag and send it to you as a free gift from the purpletraveller blog.
First come first served...just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.