Hi all, I believe fenders are a bicyclist's best friend for keeping one's self and one's bicycle clean. Unfortunately, on my new road bike, I discovered that adding a front fender causes toe clip overlap. I do not have overlap issues with the bare wheel, so for the time being, I've removed the front fender.
I've read that toe clip overlap is generally not something to worry about because when riding at a reasonable speed, one can't turn the front wheel far enough to cause a problem. However, I live in New York City and commute in NYC traffic. There are plenty of situations where I am carefully (and slowly) picking my way through obstacles and cars on over-crowded streets. I am *very* concerned about what might happen if I had to turn my wheel suddenly and sharply to avoid, say, getting doored.
So, what say you? Is the overlap a real danger? Should I stop worrying and put the front fender back on? Are there workable solutions that would allow me to have both the benefits of a front fender and NO toe clip overlap (such as a shorter fender or other crud- and spray-catching device)? Suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!