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Old 03-28-10, 10:25 PM   #1
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Chromo-plastic = nice chrome?

Hi I dont have easy access to chrome fenders and I would like to put some on my vintage bike however I do have access to chromo-plastic fenders. Will they look as nice?

otherwise where can i get chrome fenders?
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Old 03-28-10, 10:47 PM   #2
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You should be able to order chrome fenders from Wald at like any bike shop. Or order online, and get fenders from velo orange.
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They look OK. Not nearly as shiny as chrome but they look OK.

Velo-Orange has chrome (actually stainless) fenders out the wazoo.....
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ive seen plastic and metal, the plastic ussually looks duller, metal you can tell right away...chinese ebay stores have tons of fenders...
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The SKS fenders are called chromo-plastic right? My commuter used to have the SKS chromo-plastic fenders, they were really nice but looked nothing like chrome.

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ya thats the ticket, the clear coat over the silver dulls it plenty..
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ya thats the ticket, the clear coat over the silver dulls it plenty..
I think the SKS fenders are plastic and aluminum laminate, I am not positive about that of course. They seemed to be pretty rugged for plastic fenders. Very nice IMO.
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SKS fenders are clear plastic with a metalic coating on the inside. The narrow stripe down the center is clear. They're good fenders, but they're not C&V.
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They're good fenders, but they're not C&V.
Yeah, definitely not C&V. Still, no shame in using them, they just won't achieve a totally retro look. The advantage to the plastic is they are light, do not rattle and they can be inexpensive. The SKS even have a safety break away point in case they get tied up with the front wheel.
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SKS fenders are clear plastic with a metalic coating on the inside. The narrow stripe down the center is clear. They're good fenders, but they're not C&V.
Uh - oh! At the risk of getting into the taboo "what's C&V?" territory here, I beg to differ. Here's me and my Trek 720 sporting a pair of those fenders in 1983, isn't that kinda vintage?
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Uh - oh! At the risk of getting into the taboo "what's C&V?" territory here, I beg to differ. Here's me and my Trek 720 sporting a pair of those fenders in 1983, isn't that kinda vintage?
If you say so.
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If you say so.
Well, yes, you have a point. Those fenders are long gone, and we have only my recollection as to exactly what they were. I still have the bike, but most of the components have changed over the years. I do have a list of the equipment I took on that tour... I'll see what it says.

But wait, the rear fender on my Counterpoint Opus II is the same thing. Can you tell from this photo?
I still have that one, I'll get a better photo one of these days. Of course I don't know when that fender was installed; everything else on the bike is from 1984, but what do I know....
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If you say so! I take a couple days off, and this thread totally dies! What's up with that?

Anyway, I found my journal from my 1983 trans-continental tour, and on the third page I listed the components I'd put on my bike. About halfway down the page is the line "ESGE chromoplast fenders." And I'm pretty sure my tandem has exactly the same fender on it. How they differ from the current production SKS fenders, I don't know; they look pretty similar, though.

So yes, chromo-plast fenders are "vintage" if early 80's is "vintage."

Photographs of the fenders on the tandem, and of my tour journal, are available on request.
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