Breakaway mudguard clips on bents

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by recumbentpanda, 3 Aug 2019.

  1. recumbentpanda

    recumbentpanda Über Member

    Just been reading BettySwollox sad thread about breakaway mudguard clips. Was surprised to notice last year that my otherwise well-sorted Nazca Fuego had none on the front.

    Fortunately I had a pair in my bits box, and set about fitting them. This was not so easy, as the left hand stays have been heavily reshaped from standard by Nazca and actually attach using one of the disc caliper bolts!

    This is ok for a hard metal loop (the bolt in question is extra long), but the plastic body of the breakaway clip would be too soft. I therefore drilled it out oversize and lined the hole with a metal sleeve to prevent compression ensuring a solid mounting for the caliper.

    I imagine quite a few bents have non-standard, modified front mudguard stays. Might be worth checking yours . . .
  2. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Is a recumbent really likely to pitch you off the front in a case of the mudguard failing in the feared manner?
  3. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    Nope not going to happen on a recumbent
  4. OP

    recumbentpanda Über Member

    True, it is unlikely to end in a face plant, but a jammed recumbent front wheel will slam you onto the deck before you even have time to think ‘ow!’ Sudden loss of vertical orientation and directional control in a road vehicle is never a good thing.
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