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Old 04-13-10, 06:51 PM   #1
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fenders on a road bike..

man i get wet riding my road bike on wet roads.. i have fenders on my mountain bike but would never thought on them on a road bike..
you guys ride with fenders?
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Old 04-13-10, 07:31 PM   #2
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ever see a stock motorcycle without fenders?
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Old 04-13-10, 08:19 PM   #4
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Yes.

All three of my bikes are road bikes. In the winter, all three bikes have fenders. In the three-seasons, one has full fenders, the second has quick-release fenders, and the third stays home when it's wet.
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Not yet, but after this sunny week (where I don't need them), I'll be mounting my new PB Cascadias on my Sputnik. It's my commuter, and I don't like getting road spray on my work pants in the winter.

I don't feel a need for fenders on my "real" road bike, since I'm usually sweaty after riding it anyway. A little rain water doesn't make much difference.
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man i get wet riding my road bike on wet roads.. i have fenders on my mountain bike but would never thought on them on a road bike..
you guys ride with fenders?
Here in the Pacific Northwet, if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride. Riding without fenders has nothing to recommend it except a Pepe LePew skunk stripe on your back.
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Here in the Pacific Northwet, if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride. Riding without fenders has nothing to recommend it except a Pepe LePew skunk stripe on your back.

I was just going to say that... I don't live in Seattle, but I've spent a lot of time there, and I'd guess at least 90 percent of the bikes i saw had fenders. I don't use them year-round here in Reno (high desert), but one bike has them all the time, and I put them on one or two more in winter.
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I dont... I like tropical rain
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can someone post a pic or link?
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I'm all fenders all the time. I couldn't imagine living with a wet stripe up my back, and gravel and broken glass getting kicked up into my hair.

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can someone post a pic or link?
Someone can.
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Winter portraits of my three bikes:


The Portland with its winter fenders, 45mm PlanetBike Cascadias in black. These fenders cover the studded snow tires nicely, but aesthetically are too wide for the three-season tires. The silver SKS fenders (below) are on this bike in the three seasons.


Yellow Bike wears the SKS P-35 fenders in the winter, giving them back to the Portland come spring. It wears the quick-release Bontrager Satellites (below) in the three-seasons.


Blue Steel wears one (rear) quick-release Bontrager Satellite fender in the winter, and goes open-wheels in the three seasons. The front mount interferes with the headset, which makes it hang too low and rub the tire.

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Some of the cheapest and simplest fenders are the MCA Deflector Shields. The don't provide enough coverage to keep your legs and feet dry, but they will keep crap off your back and face. They are also easy to mimic with found materials, like Coroplast election signage.

http://www.ratail.com/products.htm

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Black SKS fenders with black tires dont mess the look of a road bike. Plenty of water on the roads in summer when people wash their cars or water their lawns.
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My bike wears fenders year-round. One look at the inside of the fender and you'd know why (it keeps the frame and me clean)
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Fenders = drag according to my 'cousin' Alberto.
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If a bike can't take fenders it isn't much use to me. I commute year round. The bus company does not get a buck offa me.

There are a lot of days when things would be really messy without fenders.
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I have fenders on my three bikes but they are not classified as road bike. Makes a big difference when there's mud and water on the road.
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I have asked the same question. This is the most viable solution that was presented to me for a road bike:

http://www.crudusa.com/product/27
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My Raleigh Sojourn came with fenders, one of the reasons I picked it. But very few people around here use them.

My experience- those fenders do not keep water off your feet, btw. My Worksman cruiser also has fenders, and I don't remember if they kept water off my feet or not, I don't actually ride in the rain that much.
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Fenders = resistance training tool according to my 'cousin' Alberto.
Fixed that for ya.

I'd like to get a set of those Crud fenders, though. Other BF members have been having good experiences with them.

FWIW, for a fender to be completely useful, it needs to extend low enough to keep water from hitting the bike. Draw a straight line, or imagine holding a yardstick, against the bottom edge of the fender and contacting the tire. If that line points at another part of the bike (for the front, it's usually partway up the downtube), then everything below that line will get water and road grit.

The front fender on tsl's Trek Portland gives the best protection yet pictured in this thread.
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I use them on my bad weather bike and may have to ride it tonight.
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The front fender on tsl's Trek Portland gives the best protection yet pictured in this thread.
And yet, I consider it completely inadequate. It really needs to extend a lot lower. This is especially evident in winter by the amount of slush that collects on the bottom bracket.

Same with the front of the fender. It needs to extend further. Over about 15 MPH I get "blow back"--water that flies off the tire towards the front, then I catch up with it. Until I got the fork-mounted headlight, it was only a mess. This past winter I'd get snow and slush blow back, which would cover the light.

I'm thinking of ways to re-engineer this for the coming winter.
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And yet, I consider it completely inadequate. It really needs to extend a lot lower. This is especially evident in winter by the amount of slush that collects on the bottom bracket.

Same with the front of the fender. It needs to extend further. Over about 15 MPH I get "blow back"--water that flies off the tire towards the front, then I catch up with it. Until I got the fork-mounted headlight, it was only a mess. This past winter I'd get snow and slush blow back, which would cover the light.

I'm thinking of ways to re-engineer this for the coming winter.


I decided to buy those same fenders for my LHT, i like them alot but not used them in anything too wet yet,its real dry up here. In fact its a almost unheard of in this part of the world 70F for April today,wow. Good thing i dont normally go 15mph.
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And yet, I consider it completely inadequate. It really needs to extend a lot lower. This is especially evident in winter by the amount of slush that collects on the bottom bracket.
Yeah, that's why I said "yet pictured". There are some others around BF whose fenders almost touch the ground, front and rear.

Sometimes I wonder why fenders don't come built like that already.
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