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Old 11-04-11, 11:16 AM   #1
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Fender Question

I have a fender question.

Which ones does everybody like? Normally, I'm anti-fender just based on where I live (Orange County, California) as it doesn't rain enough to justify it. Well, that changed today as my pants seemed to have gained 5 pounds of water and my shoes changed to sponges. I'm determined to be an all weather commuter when it is safe to do so (I'll drive if there is hail, thunder and lightening, flash flood warnings etc).

I wouldn't say it was raining hard, but it was a consistent steady rain, enough for me to remove my sunglasses to see better, and add a front light so others can see me better. I'd prefer something where I can add or remove quickly as I'd only need them in the rain or threat of rain. My tires are 25s.

Many thanks in advance!

Edit - I forgot to mention, I have 2 bikes and would like to be able to move the fenders between them if I need too. So that is why I'd prefer the quick install ones.

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Old 11-04-11, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have two bikes with fenders. One bike has the planet bike cascadia touring fenders, which are black, ugly, functional, and durable.
A second bike had the Honjo fluted aluminium fenders, which are shiney, pretty, and less fuctional than the PB fenders - the aluminium is too soft of a material to hold up long term, after about 5,000 miles, the mounting holes enlarged through vibration until the fenders were no longer practical and I swapped them out for some polished stainless steel fenders, which are not quite as pretty, but hopefully more durable.

My suggestion would be to mount the fenders on one bike, and leave them there. In OC it doesn't rain often, and you can just ride the fenderized bike when it is wet.
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Old 11-04-11, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thing is the ones that are quick mount wont come down far enough
behind the front wheel.
to have a mud flap, so as to not have your feet not in the wheel spray.

once you have strut to bolt mounted mudguards on and adjusted,
they are simple to remove, and store.. no more difficult than mending a puncture.

perhaps, pick a bike of the fleet to have the mudguards stay on,
and another one for when you want the racy thing look.

Up North the opposite is true, I have to make a conscious choice ,
to take the road bike , without the fenders, out, for a sporting spin.

every other one has mudguards.
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Old 11-04-11, 12:16 PM   #4
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SKS fenders are super light and fairly easy to install. The longboards provide full coverage. Just make sure you get the right width for your tire - too skinny and they will rub, too fat and they will look weird. You might want to consider a pair of motorcycle boot covers like these - they fold up tiny and protect your shoes and ankles from spray. Worth noting - fenders also catch a lot of flying gravel and such, so they do serve a purpose in dry weather too.
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I currently have the SKS Raceblade Fenders for my six13. They were a pain to initially configure to fit my frame/wheels perfectly, but once initial setup was complete, they work well enough for my 20 mile commute. Very light weight and you can take them on and off in seconds.
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I use Planet Bike fenders and like them a lot. I don't remember which model, unfortunately, and I know they have several, so check out the Planet Bike website or the Planet Bike fenders at your local bike shop.

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I am very pleased with the SKS Longboard fenders. The extra length really does keep you dry. Rivendell's site has an excellent installation video.
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SKS P35, Planet Bike Cascadia or Axiom Rain Runner 35's are all in a similar category. Any one of those would work fine.

Once such fenders are set up properly, they can be removed and re-installed in a few minutes.
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Velo orange dimpled fenders. Much classier and is a light aluminum.
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Ok, thank you.

I'll take a look at all of these.
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Do you have room and mounting holes for fenders?
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Velo orange dimpled fenders. Much classier and is a light aluminum.
Very nice, but not easy to remove.
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Do you have room and mounting holes for fenders?
Yes, but I'm not looking for fenders that mount using the brake bolt. I have 3 kids and the less parts and tools needed, the better.

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Very nice, but not easy to remove.
I agree, those are very nice. Not really my style as I'm looking for something.
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