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Bicycle Travel => Gear Talk => Topic started by: PeteJack on September 12, 2014, 07:54:05 pm

 
Title: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
Post by: PeteJack on September 12, 2014, 07:54:05 pm
I've just bought a Thule T2 towbar mounted rack and it looks a fine piece of kit. According to the instructions I cannot clamp the front wheel with fenders on. Our front fenders poke out about 4 1/2 inches from the Vee brakes. Do I have to chop off my fenders? or can I get away with clamping right next to the existing fender tip? Is this all CYA from Thule?
Title: Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
Post by: driftlessregion on September 17, 2014, 10:15:52 pm
Looking at the picture it appears that the bar that holds the bike tight would sit on top of the fender and not be a good connection and possibly bend the fender. Have you put the bike on it and tried it?
Title: Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
Post by: bogiesan on September 20, 2014, 10:45:54 am
Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.

If you want to keep your fenders you must find a different transport system. Front fork headblocks can probably be swapped out if this is one of Thule's modular systems. A headblock requires you remove your front wheels.

If you bought this Thule at REI or a similar outfit, return it unopened and get a unit that will properly accommodate your bikes.

Title: Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
Post by: PeteJack on September 20, 2014, 12:29:06 pm
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Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.
Thanks for your interest. I'll do whatever I see fit with my fenders

I finally got the rack installed and it seems to work OK with the fenders as they are. Every bus in the greater Seattle area has a rack for three bikes with a similar attachment system, I've never heard of fenders being a problem with their racks so I guess I'll take my chances. I suspect it's all CYA on Thule's part.

Edit. after 2 months of clamping with a front fender it appears to be safe as houses.