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Help me accesorize my Surly LHT

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dwboca:
I have everything attached except the fenders - I was watching the UF game and got distracted.  I cut one of the stays too short - arghhh!  Oh well, I may opt not to do fenders or when/if I get replacement stays, I will install all stays and fender mounts to bike, then mark the stays, then cut.  The instructions for putting on the fenders is lacking - nothing like experience (that I now have) to re-do it right!

Pat Lamb:
I think the last time I bought fenders the instructions did call for cutting stays after installing the fenders, but I can see how the instruction minimalists might leave that part out.

One think I took too long to learn is to take a file and round the stays off after you cut them.  If you use either linemans pliers or a Dremel, you'll end up with either a nice sharp edge like a medical needle, or something that's shaped like a paper punch for skin.  They're both startlingly effective.  :(  5-10 minutes with a bastard file, just going around the edges and over the top, will save your legs.

dwboca:
Thanks for the advice on the fenders.  I tend to not read instructions in detail but I did go over these and I believe it had me put on the plastic tabs that cover the stays first so then you had to cut the stays in order to get the fender to fit on the bike.  I would re-write the instructions to install, then cut, then disassemble and put on the plastic cap assemblies, then insert the stays.  I tend to be anal but I always have issues with instructions that aren't perfectly clear (at least to me).

I have the instructions (SKS P55 fenders) in my hand: the first thing it says is "Insert endcap (1) into fixed bridge, pass the stay (3) through the hole in bolt (2) and push into the endcap (1) tighten with nut (4) as shown in pic.A."  So, with the endcap in place, you cannot adjust the stays!  The last part of the instructions say "The protruding stay can either be cut off or fitted with an endcap."  By virtue that they were placed in the endcaps during the very first part of the instructions, they do not protrude but then you can't find the correct adjustment so I just eye-balled them and cut.  As I was cutting I was wondering why the stay on one side was a lot different than the stay on the other side.  Ahhhh, my first clue that something was amiss!

Still thinking of not installing fenders but more posts are for than against so I will probably do it later...

dwboca:
Fenders installed - easy once you've screwed it up once :)  Here is what my bike looks now, fully loaded.  Thanks everyone for their advice.  Now I will start bike touring Florida for the next 15 months and then do my Souther Tier route end of March, 2014.

jrswenberger:

--- Quote from: dwboca on December 19, 2012, 07:55:28 pm ---Fenders installed - easy once you've screwed it up once :)  Here is what my bike looks now, fully loaded.  Thanks everyone for their advice.  Now I will start bike touring Florida for the next 15 months and then do my Souther Tier route end of March, 2014.

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love that color

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