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Old 06-27-09, 02:08 PM   #1
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Honjo Fenders

I am about to build up a fancy little city bike and reviewing all the part possibilities. One thing that I can't resolve is whether or not to buy a pair of Honjo Fenders. I know they are really nice, but don't have any direct information about their durability versus chromoplastic. This bike will get thousands of city miles a year and I am worried about those pretty things getting dented, dinged and bent through all the use. Does anybody have any experience with them in daily use bikes?
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Old 06-27-09, 03:13 PM   #2
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Had them. Not as durable as my current sks fenders. And you will have to get some leather washers to keep them from making all kinds of noise.
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I've never owned a set, but I've installed a few... very pretty. My money would be on not as durable as plastic fenders (especially not 3 sets of plastic fenders for the same price)

I would put them on a sunday best bike but not on a daily ride.
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Honjo, fenders with panache.....I would like to see something similar in copper.
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I've never owned a set, but I've installed a few... very pretty. My money would be on not as durable as plastic fenders (especially not 3 sets of plastic fenders for the same price)

I would put them on a sunday best bike but not on a daily ride.
That's what I thought. I want the bike to be nice, but it will be used almost daily for 6-8 months of the year.
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Honjo, fenders with panache.....I would like to see something similar in copper.
Here's something close: Tanaka in brass
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I saw some of the hammered Honjos the other day on a commuter. If they were dented, it was hard to tell.
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I saw some of the hammered Honjos the other day on a commuter. If they were dented, it was hard to tell.
I thought about the hammered variety but really like the smooth fluted style and am really afraid they would show any abuse or wear really badly.
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Thanks for all the comments, especially from a mechanic. I think the plastic is still the most practical for a daily ride around. I've never been one to build a bike for display, they gotta be ridden!
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i've gotten nearly 2k+ miles on my honjos, in 4-season biking (some mean winters with salt, sand, and 35mm studded tyres)---absolutely no problems. i replaced my sks fenders with these, because double stainless stays on light-weight fenders meant terrible vibration (would actually bounce off the front tyre if i rode one-handed---bad design). plus, the honjos are longer (more protection), and imo look better. check out velo orange's honjo knock-offs for an excellent price point (less than sks, and a better product). [disclaimer: i don't get nothin' from velo orange for that plug]
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