My 1980's steel Raleigh road bike SS conversion has 27 x 1 1/4 tires. I bought the wrong width Freddy Fenders. They are the skinny ones. Just slightly wider than the tires. In a perfect world, it would work. The front fender seems to work OK. There always seems to be one section of the rear tire that is peaking out from the fender. I just adjusted it tonight for the 5th time trying to keep the fender covering the tire.
OK, I screwed up. Which should I change? I could replace the tires with 1 1/8 inch wide tires. I would probably live with the current set-up until the tires wear-out. I can live with it till then. Then change the tires for the skinnier ones.
Alternatively, I could just get wider Fenders. Planet bike makes a wider set which I should have bought to begin with.
I ride some on gravel shoulders. Even the paved roads around here can have some massive cracks. That would maybe indicate keep the tires and change the fenders. I also have fantasies of making some long trips on this bike. I'm pretty sure I can get 85 pounds in the tires with my mini pump. Not sure I could do the 100 pounds it would take for the 1 1/8 tires.
On the other hand, I like the looks of the skinny fenders. The whole idea of this bike was to go faster than my SS MTB commuter. Looks and performance favor keeping the fenders and changing the tires.
What would you do?