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'71 Raleigh Super Course

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Cruisin' on my Bluebird
this photo also shows his SC was given ample clearance for fenders, even with long-reach CP calipers in front.

his fork would probably take really well to the Daruma mount for a Honjo or VO fender

the Daruma hangs from the brake bolt inside the fork crown and goes through the top of the fender with the fender tightened against a big rubber washer.
Part of properly mounting these fenders to make them solid and quiet.

Boulder cycles used to offer a great part for spacing your fenders under a tall fork - a thick wedge washer, available in different thickness, that goes between the rubber washer and the bottom of the fork crown, but none on their website now, so they haven't machined any in awhile.
I have one of these in the photo just above.
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Finally riding a big boys bike
@bulldog1935 , @SirMike1983 thanks all the info.your bikes look great!

Those honjos look heavy duty! Any recommendations on where to buy honjos or RW Clippers? I think with 27x1 1/4 rims tires are 32mm wide so you need 45mm width fenders min? For bluemels I read Populars are the ones for these tires..

@bulldog1935 notice you have a prop stand on the Lenton but the International? my SC does not have one. Opinions? I noticed you have matching updated crank sets and rear derailleurs on the Lenton and International Old hardware too temperamental for touring? I like the bag on the Lenton. I see you prefer what I'll call full length pumps?

@SirMike1983 . Nice GP! Very clean. I did look at the velo orange and they look nice. Do you recall the fender width? I agree theses plain ones look best . They look a tight fit but I think they look very good this way. the hammered ones may be too much but I guess it comes down to personal preference. What kind of pump and derailleurs? I thought these came with simplex prestige. How do you like panaracer tires? They look nice. I like the practicality of your saddle and hand brakes ; those low profile tires don't absorb much...

In the end one could argue the bluemels are the most traditional for British touring bikes but if you think about it all of them had either French or Italian running gear didn't they?


Cruisin' on my Bluebird
For your tire size, you're definitely looking for 43-45mm-wide fenders (Honjo H-29 on my International)

The Bluemels or Clippers are an OS purchase from ebay - nobody makes fenders like that any more - between Lou and me, for his '60 Lenton and my '57, we got the last two OS Clipper fender sets from an ebay vendor in France

Nothing at all wrong with SKS, which are actually are the modern continuation of Bluemels fenders, and available in silver "chromeplastic" - these are the go-to fenders for most people today (nice enough, it's the only fender set Rivendell sells)

here are VO fender sets, and you can see they're a good buy - probably a better buy than OS Bluemels or Clippers.

Jitensha studio sells un-drilled Honjo fender blanks and mounting hardware separately

Here's a good price on a Honjo fender set with hardware

Bens Cycle is another good source for Honjo hardware

My first big fender project was a 37mm pre-drilled Honjo set I bought on closeout from Velo Orange for $65. Largest tire is 28mm.
They went on my Raleigh GP

it would be a too long story, but those fenders ended up on my friend's Schwinn World Sport project

The Bluemels/SKS style fenders, you can almost slap them on.
With VO/Honjo take your time, because there are many variables in alignment (position of the fender on the u-shaped stay, as well as stay length adjusted at the dropout attachment)

Installing all fenders, ALWAYS, the LAST thing you do is cut fender stay to final length.
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Cruisin' on my Bluebird
hi friend,
These are actually alloy Honjos on my '74 International - they're really fully-coverage,
though certainly more French-style than English
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I do have white plastic Bluemels (ok, an equivalent - RW Clipper) on my '57 Lenton Grand Prix
These are the classic Brit fenders
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The Bluemels/ Clipper/ SKS-Esge plastic fenders are easier to install, cheaper, and they work fine (especially if you add a front mud flap.
No question you could easily add a pair of these to your Super Course.
They hang on the brake bolts, the rear fender clips to the chainstay bridge, and you have fender bosses for the stay mounts on your dropouts.

when you need to shape alloy fenders, it's metalwork. When you need to shape your plastic bluemels, gentle-use of a blow-drier will get you there.

The French style fenders, Honjo (Japan) are superior for riding in slop, have better designed mounting hardware, and more work to install - and bit more expensive.
I've done both style fenders on a few bikes, and know all the tricks especially for getting the metal fenders right.
Velo Orange sells cheaper, slightly heavier alloy fenders made by Tanaka, and are also pre-drilled, but I much prefer making all my own holes in new undrilled fender blanks.
The longer French-style fenders need more attachment points to keep them from vibrating and buffeting.
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a classic bike-boom touch are shorty fenders, which do only one job well -
- keeping road grime from all the nooks and crannies in your center pull brakes.
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some people complain about noise with their metal fenders, but they just haven't figured all the tricks to mount them securely and dampen out vibration.
One thing for sure about the plastic Bluemels - no noise.


Ron -

with your mudguard savvy you could write a thick tomus on the subject!

delighted to see you found Hiroshi. IIRC he launched his store ~1985 and began being a stockist for Tanaka & Honshu mudguards ~1989. Recall a visit in the latter year when he gave me a tour of them. It was my first exposure to a la carte mudguards. Had previously only seen after-market guards in kit/set form.

Hiroshi's web site was created by one o' me local cycling friends.

Wonderful information as always!



Cruisin' on my Bluebird
what I like is the range of hardware he offers, plus he sells un-drilled fender blanks, so I can put the holes where I need them.
Like this short-reach L-bracket that works with my short-reach Weinmann 610 rear (low seatstay bridge) - I had a long-reach L-bracket there when the same fender and wheelset was on Grand Prix with Weinmann 750 rear (very tall seatstay bridge).

And check out this pretty fender stay setscrew daruma, where you don't need to share the drop-out boss with a rack stay.
You'll notice it's different from the R-clip in my last post, where I had to share the front dropout boss with both rack stay and fender stay.

showing that photo again, there's a Bridgestone spacer washer between the rack stay and dropout boss.
Here's the Bridgestone spacer - https://www.rivbike.com/collections/racks/products/rack-hardware-thick-washer-spacer-each
The spacer fits between the dropout boss and the rack stay, so the rack stay is not contacting the fork where they cross, and under the fastener head is the R-clip for the fender stay.

The front rack is so I can carry a big rando bag (usually for winter) - there's so little steering inertia in the International low-trail geometry, it handles really well with a big front load.
Plus, the main triangle is way too flexy for a rear rack with big rear load.
Even though this bike was the last English club racer, it really gives Herse and Singer a run for their money as a rando.

or a small front trunk bag for summer -
Both carry a fold-up tire and sundries, and the big bag for the winter has extra room to stuff clothing layers as the day warms

ps - people into carbon bikes don't get this bike, and especially don't understand when I'm waiting for them at the next water stop.
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