Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Arizona, USA
Bikes: Mercier Corvus (commuter), Fila Taos (MTB), Trek 660(Got frame for free and put my LeMans Centurian components on it)
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1. it is my commuting bike which I am also using for randonneuring
2. last time I rode in the rain I got soaked, dirty, and my schedule is busy enough that I need to take any riding time I can get, even if it is raining. Incidentally in a normal year rain is not uncommon in the desert in wintertime, it may not be daily but I have had enough rides ruined because of it to feel a need for fenders. If you live in Flagstaff fenders are a must if you want to commute in winter as well as full weather gear for snow and blizzards.
Lastly, the clamps have a rubber coating, under that is electricians tape, and even then they are not clamped tightly. I have them located around the bottom where the aluminum plugs for the dropouts are located. They are not clamped any tighter than your average bike computer unit mounts are.
BTW- Forks came with the bike (Mercier Corvus) when I bought it, don't know why the mfg put it on this bike. Reynolds 531 frame with rack braze on on back ( I like the frame as I can use it for more than just racing or club riding). Fork is 2 years old at this point and has about 13000 miles on it. I guess I could just buy a new fork but this one seems to be working just fine still. Anyway, short story is, I just ended up a giant sponge after riding home in the rain a few weeks back and wanted to be prepared next time (which will likely be tomorrow).
I was biking the backroads,
lost in the moment.