Commuting - Fenders for bikes with small clearance
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05-07-09, 09:46 AM
I have an older model SE Draft and I want to put fenders on that. None of the fenders at my local LBS fit. It is a single speed , I suppose you would call it a road-frame. It has the attachment threads etc for fenders and racks.
Anyone knows options for fenders for such bikes ?
05-07-09, 09:52 AM
05-07-09, 11:54 AM
05-07-09, 12:51 PM
SKS RaceBlades would probably fit, but they don't work as well as regular fenders. The RaceBlades are detachable so you can easily put them on and remove them. The down side they provide less coverage and will rattle and rub more than properly installed permanent fenders.
05-07-09, 01:09 PM
I use modified RaceBlades (added flaps) on my CAAD9 and, while they aren't as good as the full fenders on my CrossCheck, they get the job done.
05-08-09, 02:41 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I have also found the SKS race blades but I am having difficulty imagining how to size them properly. Another concern I have is with the quick release fastening. That seems to imply "this is going to fall off the bike soon", anyone has that problem?
05-08-09, 05:13 AM
They don't fall off the bike.
05-08-09, 05:44 AM
You size RaceBlades by the size of your tires (26" vs 700c) and width. What size tires do you run? The quick release straps hold the fenders very securely but eventually the rubber gets old and they need to be replaced. Mine lasted a couple of years before any of them broke. It takes a little tweaking initially figuring out how to mount them without rubbing your tires, but it's a snap once you have them adjusted right for your bike.
My bikes have 700c wheels, and I run tires in the 23-28 mm range. My RaceBlades are the 700 x 35 mm size, and they fit fine with 23-25 mm tires but will rub my 28 mm tires unless they are adjusted perfectly.
05-08-09, 07:33 AM
Thanks again. Mine are 700x28C. Now I have to worry about rubbing them :) the X-tra large it is then. thanks.
05-08-09, 09:28 AM
http://www.rivercitybicycles.com/mod.php?menu=1105&mod=userpage&page_id=58 that is right damn cool.
05-08-09, 10:46 AM
This guy got some SKS's on a langster and those bikes have mega low clearance. He cut off the front one though so it doesn't actually go through the brake.
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