Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Coroplast Fender


I've always wanted to build some bike stuff made of coroplast. Coroplast is the material used in lots of political yard signs. I built this rear fender from a Mike Hatch for Governor yard sign.

I had my original inspiration from the recumbent world. Some recumbent owners use coroplast to build fairings and bodies to make their bikes more aerodynamic and insulate the rider from weather.

Another inspiration is Kent Peterson. His name and work are familiar to many internet-connected bicyclists.

The rear fender took about 20 minutes to build or maybe it took an hour and I didn't notice the time passing because I had so much fun. The finished fender is as sturdy as a plastic, store-bought fender and it's much uglier.

Another guy I know recently built a handlebar bag, er box, from coroplast.

I'll build the front fender soon. I think the crazy tires enhance the looks, don't you?

Thank you, Mr. Hatch.

5 comments:

Jim said...

That is totally sweet. I hope you bring this bike for the HC dirt ride this weekend. Or the Mono-Octo-cog.

KM said...

They almost look carbon fiber. Propbably lighter.

KM

Jim said...

Nah, nothing is lighter than carbon fiber. Carbon fiber has negative weight.

Tim said...

I'm totally doing this. unfortunately, I just got rid of a Wellstone sign I could have used for this.

Eclectchick said...

That is SO COOL!!!

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