in praise of mudflaps
November 25, 2012 by jnyyz
I had a few spare moments this weekend, and I thought I’d install some mudflaps on the pink bike. All my city bikes have full fenders, but mudflaps make them just that much better. The front flap helps keep your feet dry when roads are wet, and the back one catches the rooster tail of water and grit that would spray anyone happening to ride behind you in the rain.
There are many sites that show how you can make mudflaps yourself, such as this one, and also Alex Wetmore’s site. I have some DIY flaps on my bikes as well:
For the pink bike, I decided to go luxe and get a pair of Buddy Flaps, which were recommended by Vik.
I didn’t see anything on the website about shipping to Canada, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they arrived in the mail at no extra cost to Canada.
Here is what is in the package:
I didn’t realize that there was only one bolt per mudflap since there were two holes in each flap.
The pink bike has Honjo fenders, and I thought I would take advantage of the existing mounting hardware by fastening the flap to a mounting bolt. Here is the inside of the front fender.
After enlarging a hole on the flap to fit, I used a nyloc nut to fasten it. (BTW the supplied hardware appears not to be metric)
Same trick on the rear.
Here are both flaps as viewed from the rear of the bike.
I’ve found that front flaps really help keep my feet drier on rainy or slushy days, although there is a limit to their effectiveness, as you can see from this shot from last winter:
Ironically, my winter beater has the most luxe mudflap of all: a leather Gilles Berthoud flap that I ordered to match the fenders.
Four winters have taken their toll, and there is also galvanic corrosion of the aluminum fender stay. I’ll have to work on remounting this fender another day.