HOW TO: Campaign signs to bike fenders

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Thursday, October 26, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

Fend For Yourself provides instructions on do it yourself bike fenders made from campaign signs. Like Sue J reminds us, though, wait until after the election before pilfering recycling Coroplast signs into bicycle fenders.

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Why wait until election is over to rip off the signs? In Tulsa, posting signs of any sort on the public right-of-way is serious criminal activity, punishable by $500 fine and 90 days in the clink. If you need new fenders, just go rip them off. It's called community service picking up the litter. That was the main impetus for the original BATMobile, a political campaign sign towed by a bicycle in 2002.
Yup, coroplast is the way to go and Kent's instructions are the perfect. I used them when I made my first set and every set since. Link to my flickr set.
Also, why stop with just a couple of skinny struts holding up the main fender? Pimp it! Do a whole wheel wrap-a-round.
Now I know what to do with all those signs stacking up in my yard doing community service picking up litter. I am thinking of using coroplast to make a canopy for Redneck Rickshaw. Imagine enjoying a bird's eye view of the X-mas lights from the comforts of a couch, actually a futon, on wheels, towed by a bicycle. Thanks dude.
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