Unusual Front Fender Braces - Thoughts


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cr250mark

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 18, 2015
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#1
Are these Braces original to this Zenith
And if so what is their purpose.
Just posted this Zenith in Complete bicycles for. Sale.

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cr250mark

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 18, 2015
892
1,150
Paw Paw, IL, United States
#3
Replaced. It Looks like they were not correct for the bike so they were Bent to fit correctly. No other purpose that I can see.

Not sure if this is the case
Flat braces are perfect match to rear.
Bends are same with no stress in metal
They are pinned exactly the same as rear and look untouched.
After reviewing these originally is what raised the question
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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Quebec, Canada
#4
my guess : original braces were bent so that the fender didn't rub on the down tube (notice how the nose of the fender is kicked up from the tire)
my diagnosis : bent fork or bent head tube due to a front end impact !!!
my prescription : unbend head tube or fork and fix the braces

do you have a good straight on side shot of the bicycle?

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frankandpam

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 21, 2016
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Tacoma Wa
#6
Gotta agree. Bent forks. Bent braces for clearance. Encountered very similar situation on a 28" with braces just bent out to a bow to accommodate for bent fork. Someone here just got a little more creative.
 
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Rambler

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2011
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Auburn Hills, United States
#7
I must agree with the other comments. Braces bent to accommodate the bent front fork.
 
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Archie Sturmer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 13, 2018
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
#10
what is their purpose?
The braces are like "arms" (the word comes from Latin).
Their purpose is to support, or to reach-out (like an arm) and provide 'bracing' to the fender, kind of like a 3-point triangle between the fender top attachment to the fork crown (1), the axle (2), and the fender bottom (3); the 3 sides of the triangle are (1) the fork, (2) the fender itself, (3) the fender brace. The triangle is an efficient and strong mechanical design.
 
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cr250mark

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 18, 2015
892
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Paw Paw, IL, United States
#11
ouch!!! there is your answer
please tell me you had noticed that!?!?

Was aware of the fork just not the extent of it

More
ouch!!! there is your answer
please tell me you had noticed that!?!?
Questioned fork position prior to purchase
Honestly didn’t pay enough attention to realize the extent of impact .
Someone was damm creative with bending braces
Focused more attention to some of the other items on this bike.
Thanx fellas for kicking my ass. Lol
 
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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 15, 2011
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Quebec, Canada
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