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Putting a Front Fender on a Schwinn Midtown
July 2, 2008, 1:01 pm
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In the quest to make my Costco Schwinn Midtown more “commuter friendly” one of the things I wanted to add was fenders. I took my bike to a local bike shop and asked if they had fenders that would fit. They found a front fender that would work, but didn’t have a rear fender that would fit. The Avenir rear rack I’m using has a solid section in the middle that provides some rear fender functionality, so for now I’m content without a rear fender.

The front fender I am using is an Apex Mountain Bike fender and it was not very expensive. It is plastic, with a bendable aluminum bracket for mounting.Apex Front Fender on Schwinn Midtown

Mounting the fender on the Midtown was very easy, as the front brake bracket has a hole in the middle that is a great fender mount point.  The back of the brake bracket is hollow, so you have to align the fender bracket carefully to make sure it is straight, but it is secure once you tighten the fender mounting screw (included with the fender). I did have to bend the fender mount so that is was properly aligned with the tire and didn’t drag at all,  The fender mount is aluminum and is designed to bend to fit, so this was also very easy.  Here’s a detail photo of the fender mount…Detail of Apex Front Fender Mount on Schwinn Midtown

Mounting this fender was a piece of cake compared to the challenges I had with mounting the rear rack, and it only took about five minutes. I haven’t ridden my Midtown in the rain yet, so I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of my fender solution, but I feel more prepared than having no fenders at all.

If this article helps you out then I’d appreciate a comment to let me know.  Have you found a different fender that fits on the Schwinn Midtown? If so, then let me know so that I can share it with everyone.