ride for a change
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes: Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata
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The Cascade flaps arrived promptly from Planet Bike, ($5 shipped !) Been riding with them for two weeks and yesterday we finally had some rain to ride in, here's my report:
- Installation: Was easy, no instructions included but i just pried off the backs of the old rivets cut them with snips, the new ones snap in by hand. You really do need to take the fenders off the bike to do it. But it's very simple. Thumbs up!
- Improved clearance. They are longer but don't stick out nearly as much as the originals, no overlap. My feet used to touch in corners, now they don't. Thumbs up!
- Better coverage. Due to the increased length, there is no question they block more water coming up off the front wheel. I was wearing sandals and I can feel how much splash is coming up. These are a big improvement over the originals. Thumbs up!
- Conclusion: While I can't comment on long term use yet, IMO these are a big improvement over the originals. If you have Planet Bike Freddy Fenders and are unhappy with, or ruin your flaps like I did, these are the ones to go with. I think they should spec these on the stock model.