Those homemade mud guard made out of inner tube (crown/lowers)
a skinny xc tube might not be wide enough to fill the gap, but it will still do a very good job.
make sure the panel of rubber is pulled tight when the forks are extended. on longer travel forks full-ish compression can cause enough of the (now loose) panel to get caught in the tyre. this won’t cause a crash, but it may rip the panel off.Posted 8 years agoz1ppyMember
I thought it a ridiculous idea, how can that do anything?Posted 8 years ago
But I fitted one to a bike over the winter when i didn’t have a spare mudguard, works suprisingly well, add a crud catcher on the downtube and it’s almost as good as any ‘proper’ front mudguard I’ve used (for keep mud out of your face, not off your legs obviously).
I find it dead useful for keeping mud off my face (and thus out of my eyes) in the wet. It wants to be tight but not overtight, ‘cos then you run the risk if it tearing and catching on the tyre and making a horrible noise.
Stiffee is in the car, I’ll bob out and take a picture if anyone really needs it?Posted 8 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
better than overengineering a solution to stopping mud going up the steerer tube, just stuff a bit of cling film into the bottom. Works a treat for 0.00001p a time, and you can change it every ride if you’re really anal.
You can also use the same over your seatcollar to stop mud getting into that, but I prefer a bit of inner tube for that (cut about a 2″ length from a small diam tube, and then fashion an appropriate hole in it to fit over the bolt /QR as necessary). Or you can use a bit of Lizard Skin (chainstay or those silly fork boots that are arse all use for stanchions – you can make 5 or 6 seat collars from one/a pair of them)Posted 8 years agoEwanMember
Works stupidly well. I now don’t need to wear glasses when riding in rain / mud – I wear contacts so grit in the eye is an issue to say the least!
The inner tube version works perfectly, but if you want to look a little less ghetto you can buy a RRP Nano Guard for 14 quid off CRC. Clearly this is a rip off, but there doesn’t seem to be a competitor (apart from the inner tube version).Posted 8 years agoChristowkidMember
theotherjonv:Posted 8 years ago
glad it’s not just me!
Having once got a seatpost starting to weld itself in despite greasing, I’m now anal about such things.
Latest incarnation is two bits of innter tube ~ 9″ish, glued together lenngthwise zip tied under saddle, facing towards handlebars as forward facing seatclamp, pulled together like a pair of curtains.
Allows me immediate access to seatpost qr by pulling curtains out of way and tweaking, yet they hang there and keep cr*p out of seat tube.
….but I do clingfilm my computer if raining!!!!
Motorcycle inner tube is wider. . cut it wide enough to secure with cable tie to the very top of the leg as well as the crown. . Don’t secure the bottom but let it hang down. Cut an inverted u to miss the wheel when riding normally and it will keep all the crap out of those nasty indents in the back of the fork brace. Ignore rubbing on full compression as this will stop any build up of crap.Hang it in front of brace or behind to suit.Posted 8 years agopjt201Member
don’t do it! i fitted one of these for the bristol bike fest as it was looking wet. had to cut it of after my second lap as due to the claggy mud (sunday) it was just collecting loads of mud and fouling up my front wheel. might have had something to do with my blue groove being at the limit of size for my rebas too though…Posted 8 years agoJase_MKSubscriber
I don’t doubt for a second people’s testimonies that this keeps crud out of your eyes, but I really am confused why. Sure it only catches crud that is travelling forwards through that gap? My face is behind the fork crown usually isn’t it, so gets hit by stuff that is coming up past the downtube?Posted 8 years agojonbMember
Has anybody tried to do what ssboggy has done except hang it from the crown of the fork rather than the brace. That would allow the mud to run off but not onto the fork stanchions. Especially if you shaped it so it was slightly narrower at the bottom.
Might give it a go.Posted 8 years agomattsccmMember
Whats this clogging up the seals thing/ Mine doesn’t. I often run the tube over the front of the brace which does the same job but flaps about a bit and stays clog free. Why secure the bottom and why not fill the gap you are trying to block. A tad wider than the tyre does catch all of it.Posted 8 years ago
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