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Old 01-08-14, 03:31 PM   #1
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Rear fender

What do you think of this fender. I thought it was pretty slick for a minimalist fender.
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Old 01-08-14, 04:52 PM   #2
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I love my full fenders with mud guards, but that's pretty cool if you have a bike that rarely needs fenders.
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Ok for keeping a stripe off your back,but otherwise worthless. I've used spray guards like these on run-around-on bikes that I don't take out in the rain,but would never use anything less than full fenders on my commuters.
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I see a lot of bike couriers in NYC with wide fenders that are far from the rear wheel. I guess I'm going to ask the owners how well they work. The farther the fender is from the wheel, the wider it has to be in order to work.

The rear fender does half the job. The front fender does the other half. For some reason, some people seem to think that you only need a rear fender.
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I have a better solution that works quite well. I just put a newspaper over my rear rack and let it extend out past the back. It keeps the crud off me, but the bike still gets dirty.

My rear old style Bluemel cracked after 40 years of on and off use, mostly off. I still have the front on my commuter. The biggest problems is that these were for 27" (yes, not 700c) and I have 26" on the bike. The difference is more than you'd think. The rear cracked because it was kind of jammed in.
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I see a lot of bike couriers in NYC with wide fenders that are far from the rear wheel. I guess I'm going to ask the owners how well they work. The farther the fender is from the wheel, the wider it has to be in order to work.
For awhile,the hot thing around here was a splash guard like the above flipped up at a 45 or greater degree angle. Not only did it not do much,but in many cases I saw them blocking the rear light on the seatpost.

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The rear fender does half the job. The front fender does the other half. For some reason, some people seem to think that you only need a rear fender.
Splash guards only do 1/4 of the job;they don't do anything to keep gunk out of the front derailleur.

I don't have an issue with people putting these things on their bikes as some kind of fashion statement,I just wish the companies that make them wouldn't claim that they really do much to keep you dry.
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I am partial to this, if you really don't want a full mudguard.


http://www.bikebuster.dk/bikesmart/carbon-mudguard.html

Unfortunately, it doesn't come in a 26" size, nor does it come in a wide version.

I would really like that, or rather a full fender, but made with the same one-sided design. One for my 20" front and one for my 26" rear - preferably the latter in a 2" wide deal.

Oh, well, probably easier to make a similar one myself.
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I have a better solution that works quite well. I just put a newspaper over my rear rack and let it extend out past the back. It keeps the crud off me, but the bike still gets dirty.
I used to do that when I lived in the desert. With the infrequent rain, it was sufficient.
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Real full fenders look better and will actually work.
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29 bucks for that is a friggin' rip-off...
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