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Old 02-24-06, 12:12 PM   #1
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Fenders question

I have a question about fenders. Do most people prefer front and rear? or just rear? Is the front fender usefull?
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Old 02-24-06, 12:21 PM   #2
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The front fender keeps crud off of your face, shins and shoes. I run with both.
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Yup....front keeps the face clean, rear keeps the butt and back clean...this is helpful when riding to work.
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Old 02-24-06, 12:51 PM   #4
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Main thing that I notice is that front keeps the crap off of my lights, which ends up being huge. Without, my lights get crapped over pretty fast and I have to keep trying to wipe them clear. I go with full front and full back. Riding with sand working its way down in the crack of my ass isn't my idea of fun either.
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Front fenders keep water and crud off your shoes, BB, chain, chainstays, headset, and front brakes. If you put a flap on the front fender it works even better. A few rides in the rain with two full fenders and you'll wonder why you ever rode without.
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And another thing. That crap the fenders is keeping off you... sometimes really is crap. Now do you still want to ride without fenders?
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Front fenders keep water and crud off your shoes, BB, chain, chainstays, headset, and front brakes. If you put a flap on the front fender it works even better. A few rides in the rain with two full fenders and you'll wonder why you ever rode without.
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I have been looking at the Freddy Fenders from bike planet. Does anyone use these? How well do they perform?
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I have a pair of Freddy Fenders on my hybrid. They work. They haven't cracked and the mounting hardware is still holding after about one year. I think their mud flaps are more for "looks" than "works". But all mud flaps seem to have that problem and it's better to make your own.

I also have a pair of SKS fenders on my new bike. Can't comment on durability yet, but I think the SKS fender is made of better materials (doesn't mean the Freddys are bad) and have a saftey release system on the front fender. Mounting is similar on both. One advantage the Freddy Fenders have is that the mounting hardware nuts could be replaced at a hardware store if you loose any. The SKS ones have a wierd concave back which probably need to be special ordered.

http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/fendermudflap.html
http://www.mgagnon.net/velo/garde-boue.en.shtml
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I have a pair of Freddy Fenders on my hybrid. They work. They haven't cracked and the mounting hardware is still holding after about one year. I think their mud flaps are more for "looks" than "works". But all mud flaps seem to have that problem and it's better to make your own.

http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/fendermudflap.html
http://www.mgagnon.net/velo/garde-boue.en.shtml
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If you have insane sums of money check out the carbon fiber fenders on www.bgcycles.com
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I have been looking at the Freddy Fenders from bike planet. Does anyone use these? How well do they perform?
I have the Freddy Fenders on my fixed gear bike. I agree that the front flap could be bigger but, other than that, they work very well. I also like it that PLANET BIKE donates to bike advocacy groups and, if you belong to an advocacy group that is on their list, shipping is free.



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I would only recommend that you not get the snap-on Freddy Fenders. I have the full-fender set and they work great.
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This is my second winter with Freddy Fenders Hardcore. Took them off last May and put them back on for the first snow in November. The rear flap broke off when the weather dipped below freezing in January and some of the plastic tips have gotten lost along the way but it's still money well spent. The rear fender keeps lots of crud out of the front derailer and lots of crap off my back. Overall the bike is just cleaner and I don't have to worry as much rioding wet roads.

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Front fenders keep water and crud off your shoes, BB, chain, chainstays, headset, and front brakes. If you put a flap on the front fender it works even better. A few rides in the rain with two full fenders and you'll wonder why you ever rode without.
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I have the Freddy Fenders on my fixed gear bike. I agree that the front flap could be bigger but, other than that, they work very well. I also like it that PLANET BIKE donates to bike advocacy groups and, if you belong to an advocacy group that is on their list, shipping is free.



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I have a question about fenders. Do most people prefer front and rear? or just rear? Is the front fender usefull?
You'll really appreciate that front fender the first time your front wheel goes thru a pile of dog ***** in the rain...... unless you like the taste of dog *****
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I have the Freddy Fenders on my fixed gear bike. I agree that the front flap could be bigger but, other than that, they work very well. I also like it that PLANET BIKE donates to bike advocacy groups and, if you belong to an advocacy group that is on their list, shipping is free.



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Adding mudflaps to your fenders will keep even more crud off of you and your bike.

The difference between mudflaps and no mud flaps is almost as great as the difference between fenders and no fenders.

The bad part is that they have to be long and dorky-looking to provide maximum benefit. Ideally, they should almost touch the ground. For this reason, many people don't run mudflaps.

The front mudflap is for you; the rear mudflap is only for the rider directly behind you.
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No one has mentioned Mountain bikes- but they need them aswell. Rear one on an MTB mount high as in the attachment. Second pic is that even when set up properly, they don't work that well. And these pics are after 5 miles on the road to clean everything up
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I like the SKS/Esge fenders:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...8014369QQAdCs#
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I decide on front fenders for my commuter a long time ago. It was the first time I rode home AFTER the rain had ended. There's nothing like soaking wet socks and shoes and wet legs from the spray off the front tire to made the ride really enjoyable.
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No one has mentioned Mountain bikes- but they need them aswell. Rear one on an MTB mount high as in the attachment. Second pic is that even when set up properly, they don't work that well. And these pics are after 5 miles on the road to clean everything up
There's a very simple reason yours don't work: Dirt leaves tyres tangentially. Inspecting your rear fender, it is obvious that dirt will sneak through underneath the fender onto your legs. And the back edge of the fender is not long enough so dirt will hit your back as well, wetting your whole back as you vary the riding speed. You might as well take these off for the good they do. Mount them as close to the tyre as you can to improve things.
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That is a very nice set-up. My Trek 830 is similar except i have 1.5" tires on it.
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No one has mentioned Mountain bikes- but they need them aswell. Rear one on an MTB mount high as in the attachment. Second pic is that even when set up properly, they don't work that well. And these pics are after 5 miles on the road to clean everything up
Stapfam! What ever are you doing over there? Rolling on the ground??

Get some fenders, er, I mean't to say, mudguards and quit mucking about! And see to it that you install flaps that do the job! Find an out of service Anglia lory and lay to it with a cutting torch!
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The front mudflap is for you; the rear mudflap is only for the rider directly behind you.
True for mudflaps, however don't be confused into thinking a rear FENDER is for the guy behind you.

Some people are like "I've got a rack that keeps stuff off my back."

However full fenders keep stuff from coming off the FRONT of your rear tire and spraying the back of your legs and feet. The first time I rode in the rain (before I had full fenders) the water coming off the back tire filled my shoes up like you'd poured water into them from a pitcher.
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