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Clearance is OK for 2.35” wide Schwalbe Big Apples (assuming you aren’t riding where rocks and branches will get under the fenders).
Some photos and notes on the installation I did the Xmas before last:
I bolted the rear fender to a mending brace (clamped in turn to my work table) to hold it in place while sawing a cutout for chain clearance.
Be sure to allow generous clearance for all the extra bouncing and swaying such a long run of chain will do.
I recall using a lower profile button head screw at the base/front of the rear fender for more generous tire clearance.
Problem Solvers' fender flute is a nice touch at the fork.
I think I would have liked an additional Single Hole L-bracket for the rear fender, for looks. Then again, the crimp-on bracket allows for mistakes/experimentation and it’s likely that bags on the Big Dummy will mostly hide whichever bracket you use. (The fenders come with one of each type of bracket.)
It’s easier to see where V.O. uses the leather (dampening) washers in the color photos found in the online version of the installation guide.
My understanding is that if you rely on the bolts at the attachment points to flex the stays (and fenders) into their ideal shape, the constant tension coupled with road vibrations will cause the metal to fail sooner. Take the time to reshape and bend the stays and fenders perfectly before you bolt everything in place for good.
Really high quality build, came with generous hardware kit. Plenty of fasteners and fittings to suit any configuration. Fenders look great.
I had to have a machinist friend make a custom mount for the rear fender as didn’t fit perfectly on my 1968 Schwinn Cruiser Resto-Custom. They look great. These aluminum fenders are extremely soft metal. They oxidize easily and I needed to use aluminum polish to shine them up after handling. They also scratch & dent very easily, but they are light, not that it matters on this tank of a bike. A stainless steel version would probably be more durable. I built a Sturmey Archer SC2 (kick-back 2-speed hub) rear wheel for the bike to deal with heaviness. Having a low and high gear is a plus on a heavy bike.
Anyway, the fenders are a bit cantankerous to install & adjust properly. I used some rubber washers for vibration dampening. I also used one of the leather washers provided in the hardware kit. So far they are rattle and vibration free.
This is the fifth pair of VO 26" smooth silver fenders I have purchased and installed on my allroad bikes, and on builds for other people. The quality of the fenders, the hardware, and the instructions are all excellent.
I’ve always used plastic fenders. While those served the purpose, these metal fenders provide that extra bling for my ride. These were easy to install and came with plenty of bushings to keep everything secure and free from rattles.