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Old 02-27-07, 02:10 PM   #1
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what fenders for 27" x 1.25 wheels and tires?

Looking for good inexpensive fenders.
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Old 02-27-07, 02:19 PM   #2
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Look for something that will mount to your frame. Your tires are 32mm. The 35mm SKS road fenders will fit 32s.
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Old 02-27-07, 02:30 PM   #3
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Looking for good inexpensive fenders.
If I may take a moment to be technical, were those tires marked fractionally (27" x 1 1/4)? Fractions vs. decimals can make a difference in the 26" tire size range, though that shouldn't make a difference in the 27" tires...
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

27" x 1 1/4 tires are roughly 630mm ISO BSD; 700C tires (the most common road tires now) are 622mm. There is enough room on most common 700C fenders to adjust for the 7mm difference without any problems.

That being the case, 1 1/4 inches is roughly 32mm so I would go up a size to 45mm fenders if you have the clearance for maximum coverage. Get full fenders that mount properly, they work much better than partial fenders.

EDIT: SKS fenders are great, Planet Bike Freddy Fenders are well regarded, and my bike shop has some other cheaper plastic fenders that fit 700C
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Old 02-27-07, 03:24 PM   #4
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. . . 1 1/4 inches is roughly 32mm so I would go up a size to 45mm fenders if you have the clearance for maximum coverage. Get full fenders that mount properly, they work much better than partial fenders.
+1 on that. A 35 mm fender might work, but you'll really feel how tight it is when you run over gravel, sand — anything loose that gets kicked up will clot a small space.
Also +1 on the SKS fenders, which are really nice looking and sturdier than the Freddy Fenders. Well worth the extra five bucks or whatever the difference is.
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+1 on the SKS. I went with a 45mm. I swithced wheel sizes from 27 to 700 cc and I am able to run 35mm studded nokians without removing the fenders. The SKS's also have a quick relaease/breakaway that keeps the stays from being bent if you catch something between the wheel and the tire. I got a branch caught one time and was able to just snap the fender back in after it popped out. I had a set of Freddy's that the stays got bent got bent by the same thing.
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+1 on the SKS. I went with a 45mm....
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