Cool, ABike. Could you post pictures?
That is my thinking with fenders and any safety concern. Over build and to much is never enough.
(When eating from the sandwich of life, take big bites. Plan to exceed the norm. Do more then you can possibly do and live.... )
Originally Posted by abikerider
My solution to crappy fenders was to make my own stays and brackets and totally overbuild them. I use 1/8" x 3/4" steel barstock to make my own L brackets and 1/8" x 1/2" barstock to bend my own fender struts. I drill out the rivets on the old hardware and use bolts with nylock nuts to fasten my new hardware. I also have taken a cue from modern bike fenders and cut a slot in the ends of the front struts so that if the L bracket failed or a branch got caught in the wheel that the strut would release from the fork thus avoiding a front wheel lockup. It's time consuming but so far trouble free (knock on wood). I also have only built 4 stroke Huashengs so less vibration than the china girls. In my opinion you can't go wrong overbuilding these parts since the consequences can be so extreme.