Many of our new Silk owners are wondering how do we install our Silk fenders and kickstand on our brand spanking new Gates Carbon Drive Bike Friday Silk? As we have noted in previous GearBlog posts, a bike is not complete without all the gear you need to go on a ride and get back safely.
Fenders and kickstand definitely quality for essential gear. It’s all very well to avoid greasy chain blemishes on your pants leg, but once you hit that first muddy road pond, all bets are off. Fenders are essential bike gear. Installing the fender and kickstand are easy to do.
The rear fender has an L-bracket at the front that installs first against a special kickplate. If you decide to also use a kickstand, then the kickstand mounts on top of the L-bracket. If no fender is desired, then the kickstand mounts directly against the kickplate.
The Silk has a special mounting block to support the kickstand. The block is bolted to the kickplate, then the kickstand bolts to the block. Silk kickstands are left at full length and do not need to be trimmed to fit. The Silk rear fender also has a strut running between the dropouts and over the rear wheel to support the fender at the midsection.
Silks need the strut regardless of whether the bike has a rear rack or not. Please note: the initial run of Silks cut the tolerance a bit too fine on the cable run along the chainstay next to the kickstand. If you are not using a rear fender on these Silks, a few washers on the mounting bolts can be used to space the mounting block a few millimeters higher preventing the kickstand from crimping the cable running next to it.