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Old 09-28-07, 07:21 AM   #1
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Fender Recommendations?

I'm looking for a set of fenders and I would likes ones that will fit my mountain and road bike and will just clip on to both easily. I will only use them for commuting, so I don't need beafy ones, just something to keep me drier. Are there ones like this out there, and if so, where can I find them cheap? Any homemade ideas? Thanks.
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They're not cheap so much, but the PlanetBike Freddy's are pretty nice. Picked up a pair last week and I like them. Easy to install, made of polycarbonate. Very light, and best yet - they have integrated mudflaps! That's right, how cool (or dorky) is that!

Make sure you get the right size (there are 3 choices). I got the wrong ones but they fit well enough so I don't care. Installation isn't quite 'clip-on' easy, but can be accomplished with a 10mm wrench and a screwdriver.
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Old 09-28-07, 08:03 AM   #3
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I have SKS on my commuter, a pain to install, but I really like them, I am not sure if the make a quick release fender. There is a website around here somewhere about DIY fenders, looked interesting, but I doubt they are clip ons. They DO make riding in rain storms much more FUN!
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Old 09-28-07, 09:24 AM   #4
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Don't go cheap on fenders for your commuter. I live in the desert so it doesn't rain much, but when it does your fenders are worth their weight in gold. They're even more useful for keeping snow and road snot off of you. Road snot is tough stuff - you want good, solid fenders if you don't want to walk in to work looking like an interactive Jackson Pollack piece.

I don't know if you'll find a set of good ones that you can use on both your road bike and your mountain bike, since they're probably different sizes.

It's cheaper to buy a $30 set than to buy a $12 set and then a $30 set because the $12 fenders didn't work too well. The HC Freddys are nice, the SKS fenders are also great, although I like the Freddy's mud flap. Just find something sturdy that covers as much as possible and will work with your setup.
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I've got SKS.
About $20.00 from Nashbar when they go on sale.
Well worth it.
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I've got SKS.
About $20.00 from Nashbar when they go on sale.
Well worth it.
For what it's worth, Nashbar has the cheaper Freddies (which I have) or the cheaper SKS for $25 now.
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SKS P45 (or P35). Black or silver, it doesn't matter. I'll never buy anything different.
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SKS P45 (or P35). Black or silver, it doesn't matter. I'll never buy anything different.
+1, Permanent Fenders all the way.
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I've got PB Hardcore Freddy fenders on my MTB, no complaints - might add on an extra long mudflap on the front this season, but they're awesome value for money IMO. Less than $20CAD for the set with all the mounting gear.
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Old 09-28-07, 01:23 PM   #10
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SKS P50 on a hybrid with 700x40 tires. Tried the PB el-cheapo clip-ons but the rear fender wouldn't fit my mounts.
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Old 09-28-07, 02:41 PM   #11
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I have the SKS on my hybrid with 700x35 wheels/tires, my wife has the PB Freddy on her hybrid with 26/1.95 wheels/tires. The SKS were a bit more work to install, but are lot nicer quality. My wife doesn't ride as much, and the SKS were much more expensive for her size than mine so she got the cheaper set. Either one is MUCH better than nothing. One major advantage it that it keeps a LOT of road debries off the crank and chain. Just riding on dry roads I was shocked to see how much junk was being thrown up against the crank and chain by the front tire. Once I installed the fenders my drive train has stayed much cleaner. That is very good for a long and healthy life of my drive train. I would never own a bike without fenders and a rear rack. Once little bit of water on the road and you have a nice stream up your back. I tried one of the SKS front fenders that is designed for the suspension fork, but the thing tended to work loose, and it did not come very low in the back and therefore didn't prevent all the road crud from being flung against my bike. The store has a statisfation guarantee so I took them up on it. They were suprised by my dislike of that fender, but the SKS full fenders have made me very happy. Today it started t rain just as I left for work. The fenders worked very nicely and prevented any water from spraying up against me.

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They're not cheap so much, but the PlanetBike Freddy's are pretty nice. Picked up a pair last week and I like them. Easy to install, made of polycarbonate. Very light, and best yet - they have integrated mudflaps! That's right, how cool (or dorky) is that!

Make sure you get the right size (there are 3 choices). I got the wrong ones but they fit well enough so I don't care. Installation isn't quite 'clip-on' easy, but can be accomplished with a 10mm wrench and a screwdriver.
As the owner of more than one pair, +1 on the Freddy recommendation....but I don't think their dinky mudflap is worth the plastic it is made of. I would much rather the fender simply extended to that length.
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Don't go cheap on fenders for your commuter. I live in the desert so it doesn't rain much, but when it does your fenders are worth their weight in gold. They're even more useful for keeping snow and road snot off of you. Road snot is tough stuff - you want good, solid fenders if you don't want to walk in to work looking like an interactive Jackson Pollack piece.

I don't know if you'll find a set of good ones that you can use on both your road bike and your mountain bike, since they're probably different sizes.

It's cheaper to buy a $30 set than to buy a $12 set and then a $30 set because the $12 fenders didn't work too well. The HC Freddys are nice, the SKS fenders are also great, although I like the Freddy's mud flap. Just find something sturdy that covers as much as possible and will work with your setup.
OK....I have to ask....What is road snot?
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Old 09-28-07, 06:36 PM   #14
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As the owner of more than one pair, +1 on the Freddy recommendation....but I don't think their dinky mudflap is worth the plastic it is made of. I would much rather the fender simply extended to that length.
Aw, that's probably true, but I love it because it looks so completely redneck. Reminds me of my heritage. If they made the Freddy with Yosemite Sam or nekkid lady mudflaps, I'd buy them in a second.

My goal is to get my commuter bike bad enough to make my kids cringe when they're old enough to realize how big a dork their father is.
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+1, Permanent Fenders all the way.
Worth getting another bike for. I'm only half kidding.
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Planet bike fenders do NOT have redneck mudflaps.

you want redneck bike mudflaps? take a look....
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