Building a Commuter Bike: Making Fenders Fit


When picking out parts for my new commuter bike, I went with mini-V brakes so I could use a Sparse light and be compatible with road levers.  After carefully measuring the clearance on the Cross Check fork, I thought I would barely be able to fit them in there.  Turns out barely was right:

Front brake clearance Rear brake clearance

As you can see, the brake wire rides just above the fender.  I actually had more trouble fitting things in the rear, which I didn’t think to measure ahead of time.  The rubber boot over the end of the brake noodle actually rubs the top of the fender, but in practice this doesn’t seem to cause any trouble.  In retrospect I could have gone with cantis in the rear where clearance was tighter.  For now it’s working fine.