Mud flaps

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Mud flaps

Postby manonbike » 13 Nov 2012, 9:51pm

I guess I'm a bit old fashioned, but does anyone know where I can get mud flaps to fit on the front mudguard of my bike. I've looked on some webb sits but for the life of me I carn't find any. Or any bright do it yourself ideas to make them?

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Re: Mud flaps

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby reohn2 » 13 Nov 2012, 10:13pm

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby [XAP]Bob » 14 Nov 2012, 9:29am

Ambler wrote:I bought this one and find it OK.

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/sks-long-mudflap-prod25599/



I have the same on the rear of my trike - stops the kids in the trailer getting sprayed.
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Re: Mud flaps

Postby QUIST » 14 Nov 2012, 9:43am

Cutting plastict to size works well I've even used a plant pot! Works very well - keeps the muck of the chain ( wheels)

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Si » 14 Nov 2012, 9:58am

A bit of old tyre can do the job: stiff enough that the wind won't make it flap, but flexible enough that things hitting it won't break it.

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby maxwellhadley » 14 Nov 2012, 11:23am

I used an offcut of the rubber sheet sold for lining garden ponds - it has just the right combination of stiffness and flexibility

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Ray » 14 Nov 2012, 12:09pm

Si wrote:A bit of old tyre can do the job: stiff enough that the wind won't make it flap, but flexible enough that things hitting it won't break it.


I reckon that something flexible also creates less 'spatter' when mucky water thrown up from the tyre hits the flap.
I certainly needed my home-made (dpc) flaps yesterday on the gloopy rural roads in the Vale of York. Still got muddy overshoes, though, so I'll be making a longer flap for the front 'guard.

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Joe.B » 14 Nov 2012, 12:38pm

Continuing on the DIY theme I use a cut piece of damp course rubber, the sort used by builders to damp proof brickwork.

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Ray » 14 Nov 2012, 12:43pm

Sorry - dpc = damp proof course !
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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Russcoles » 14 Nov 2012, 2:41pm

I bought a piece of bookbinding leather off ebay. I cut 2 pieces to shape and glued them together. Nik Wax is then a good idea.

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby Ray » 14 Nov 2012, 5:54pm

Russcoles wrote:I bought a piece of bookbinding leather off ebay. I cut 2 pieces to shape and glued them together. Nik Wax is then a good idea.


Blimey, designer mudflaps :D What will be Rapha's response to this attempt to make mudflaps chic?

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby De Sisti » 14 Nov 2012, 6:31pm

Check out this advice on yacf.

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby niggle » 15 Nov 2012, 8:04am

There are some very nice looking leather ones on SJS, both Brooks and Gilles Berthoud, which I would pay the extra £1 for as quality looks rather better (e.g. the stainless fasteners): http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/gilles-berth ... prod27781/ Should be durable and effective I think.

For my winter project touring bike build I am considering SKS Longboards: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=68581

They have mudflaps front and rear and a much deeper front mudguard, possibly the rear is longer as well? Pic from Google Images:

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Re: Mud flaps

Postby robgul » 15 Nov 2012, 9:15am

Having seen the Brooks leather mudflaps I set out to make some .... bought an old-style leather music case on ebay and took it to bits, cut a template from a piece of stiff plastic (actually the cover from a notebook) - drew the shapes on the leather (maximising the number I could get) - cut them out with a craft knife, punched 2 holes to suit mudguard and bolted them on (using M5 bolts and aeronuts - or dome nuts with a spring washer)

... they look the part AND being leather they seem to absorb some of the moisture rather than it just bouncing off.

Case cost £4 + £2 postage ... made 15 flaps.

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