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    Fender advice-- Civia or SKS? Recommendations?

    I am getting my new commuter ready for the rainy season here and looking for advice/commendations on fenders. I use a 700X38 tire, and so far seems the SKS P50 or the Civia Isles or Brownie 50mm will work for my bike. ANyone have experience or recommendations with any of these? As far as I can tell, the only difference b/w the two Civia models are the mounting hardware (black on the cheaper Brownie) and the absence of a mud flap. Not sure how they compare in quality to the SKS? I'm looking for some in black. Any thoughts on these or rec's if there are other brands/options I am missing? thanks.

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    No recommendation...I'm in the same boat. Need some fenders for the commute...winter's coming.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Ha.../dp/B000RYAL1W

    Planet bike freddy fenders, they have worked great for me in all 4 seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xuwol7 View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Ha.../dp/B000RYAL1W

    Planet bike freddy fenders, they have worked great for me in all 4 seasons.

    I havent seen any PBike fenders that work-- ATB ones to wide, the road link, too narrow for 700x38. JUst double checked, their hybrid fenders ar 45mm, rec. to 35 tires. I suppose it doesnt matter in the end, a fender is a fender, but was just seeing if anyone had used the sks or the civia, or ideally both who could compare.
    Last edited by mnmkpedals; 08-30-13 at 12:28 AM.

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    I have the SKS raceblade longs... I have to say, I'm not 100% satisfied with them. Since they are not a "single" fender, the front, small part of the fenders (in front of the steering tube and in front of the back brakes) likes to vibrate a lot. With that said, they DO keep the water off of my shoes when it's wet out. Then again, it's kind of a trade off because I bought those because I had almost zero clearance under my brakes. (And that's what they're made for.)

    I do still get a bit of water coming from somewhere behind my heels, but it's only a few drops here and there.

    With that said, for my next set of fenders I'll be looking into one piece fenders (preferably metal as well.) Plastic fenders make it hard to put heavy (chain) locks on your wheels without bending the plastic.

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    Planet Bike Cascadias. Nice and long with the rubber flaps and hardware is excellent.
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    5 of 8 have SKS, 1 planet bike (they're the 20" ones..) 2 have none..

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    I have SKS plastic fenders, and I like them. They work well.

    The bike they are on originally came with aluminum fenders, but the rear fender fatigued and sheared in half right at the mounting bracket.

    For fenders, I would pick plastic over aluminum based on my experience. And the SKS ones I have work fine. I don't have any experience with Civias.

    Good luck, I hope you find fenders that work well for you. Good fenders are a big help for all-weather commuting.

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    No experience with Civia but I have multiple sets of SKS fenders and they are great. Easy installation and a great overall product. They also have excellent customer service which helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droy45 View Post
    Planet Bike Cascadias. Nice and long with the rubber flaps and hardware is excellent.
    +1 they've been working for me for years. Long mud flaps are a big bonus. No matter what you get I don't think you'll ever be sorry you have mudflaps.

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    The PB Hybrids just clear 38 slicks,the Brownies will handle 40mm knobbies. I've used both as well as SKS. Between SKS and Civia,I prefer the Civia's for the cleaner look(fewer struts) and lower price. YMMV.

    I add my own mudflaps. Cut pieces of heavy duty rubber toolbox liner to shape,then install with 3M heavy duty double-sided tape. Cheap,easy,durable.

    Note: PB ATB fenders are for 26",not 700c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xuwol7 View Post
    http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-Ha.../dp/B000RYAL1W

    Planet bike freddy fenders, they have worked great for me in all 4 seasons.
    The size says 28
    Planet Bike Hardcore Road Fender

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    Color: Black

    Size: Road 35mm

    • Superflex unbreakable all-weather polycarbonate
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    • Double-riveted mudflaps to keep you dry for years to come
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    • 35 mm wide. Fits tires up to 700c x 28mm



    This is what I use
    Pyramid Road / Hybrid Full Fenders - Black

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    I use 700 35
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    SKS longboards are easily the best, and the cream color is the best looking plastic fender by far.

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    I have been using SKS chromoplastic fenders with PB Cascadia mud flaps, no problems, they work great.

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    thanks to everyone's advice. ordering SKS P50s today.

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