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Get a helping hand in wet weather from River City Bicycle’s Reacharound fender adapter

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River City Bicycles Reacharound universal bicycle fender mounts for road bikes

Bike commuting can be a glorious thing. Rolling past traffic, getting the muscles moving, feeling the wind in your face as you pick up speed: glorious. Not so glorious: wet roads. Arriving at work with a lovely, muddy rooster tail makes for a long day. Fenders are the obvious solution and help keep the road gunk off even when wearing the appropriate wet weather clothing, so you arrive at work still looking like a professional instead of a homeless contender for the Tour circa 1993.

But what’s a commuter to do with a traditional road bike? As anyone who has tried to install them knows, road bikes don’t like fenders. At least not the neat, tidy and reliable bolt on sort. The seatstays and fork legs are often too narrow to fit fenders, the tires are too close to the frame and then there are those pesky caliper brakes. And you don’t really want to have to use flimsy plastic fenders, do you?  So when a cheap fender won’t do, go for the Reacharound…

River City Bicycles Reacharound universal bicycle fender mounts for road bikes
Photos courtesy River City Bicycles.

The bike junkies at Portland’s River City Bicycles were wanting their cake (fast road bike commuting) and wanting to eat it, too (staying somewhat clean) when they came up with the Reacharound fender bracket system for road bikes. The Reacharound brackets do exactly what they say: reach around the constriction created by the brakes and frame, allowing the installer to cut a set of fenders and install them fore and aft of the constriction. Included with the brackets are install instructions and advice on how to split the fenders. If these are for you and you need a different type of helping hand, any decent bike shop should have no problem installing them for you. However they end up on your bike, the $15 Reacharounds will keep you smiling when things get messy.

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AngryBikeWrench
6 years ago

BR is behind the times on this. I was installing fenders this way with custom brackets made from rack hardware 10 years ago at Lakeside Bikes and River City has had these for around the same amount of time. I guess fenders are more exciting in the PNW than elsewhere, so this is probably still news to somebody.

strange
strange
6 years ago

The title is.. interesting..

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
6 years ago
Reply to  strange

explain…

Ryan S
Ryan S
6 years ago

Full Metal Jacket

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6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan S

even without the courtesy

Corski
Corski
6 years ago

Double entendre …Reacharound

kt
kt
6 years ago

Sh*t yeah finally!

David Tollefson
6 years ago

Riding Softrides, every fender install was a customizing job of snips and pop rivets. I made brackets like these LONG ago. Wish them well.

Hank Wirtz
Hank Wirtz
6 years ago

I think I bought my first set of these 9 years ago. The front half of the front fender broke off after about a month, because I’d also mounted my headlight on it. But that section of fender is the least necessary part on the bike, and the rear mount is still working great. It’s a great product.

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