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Old 11-18-13, 06:12 PM   #1
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fenders to remove

We might finally get some rain here in Central California tomorrow , and it got me to thinking about fenders. I would like to buy some that I can remove during the 6 or 7 months we don't get much rain with out needing too many tools. Any suggestions? I am sure that someone will tell me this is posted in the wrong area or that it is a question that has already been asked, so sorry to those people before hand.
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Most of them don't require much more than an box end wrench or hex key and possibly a screwdriver to install and remove. I'm partial to Planet Bike and SKS, only because those are what I have used over the years and have been very happy with them.
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Most of them don't require much more than an box end wrench or hex key and possibly a screwdriver to install and remove. I'm partial to Planet Bike and SKS, only because those are what I have used over the years and have been very happy with them.
Yep, Planet Bike for me but SKS are very good too.
I live in a drought zone but fall/winter it can rain.
Takes 10 minutes to install/remove seasonally once set-up.

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Old 11-18-13, 06:45 PM   #4
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I pull mine off usually before the last huge rainstorm of the season. I reinstalled them last week. If you take away the two hours I spent looking for the screws and going to the store to get more, it took about 15 minutes to put them back on.
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Old 11-18-13, 06:49 PM   #5
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Fenders can just look good on a bike.

It indicates you ride in any weather, you're bad ass.
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Old 11-18-13, 06:49 PM   #6
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I have the SKS Longboard fenders for my Vaya, they just have to be adjusted to the bike the first time they are installed. After that, taking them off and putting them back on takes just a couple of minutes.

Here's a YT video from Rivendell Bikes they took while installing a pair of Longboard fenders on a customer's bike:

[video=youtube;lG_WZVS9SUY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_WZVS9SUY[/video]

If you have disc brakes, you'll need a spacer to keep the fender stay on that side away from the front caliper, but removing/reinstalling later will be easier, as you won't have to mess with the front brake.

My LBS only charges $10 or $15 to install a new set of fenders. If you aren't comfortable with the initial install, checking with your LBS might be a good option.

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Old 11-18-13, 07:13 PM   #7
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Good reminder to put the fenders on tonight!

I have a set of SKS fenders and if I recall correctly, you need a hex wrench for the bolts attaching to the fender bosses and a box wrench or pliers to adjust the fit.
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The PB fender that is shared by the front 20" wheels on two of my bikes can be removed or installed in about a minute. Hex wrench and wing nut. Only stays on either bike if wet is expected. Rear fenders stay on my bikes most of the time.
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Fenders look cool. Leave them on.
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Planet Bike SpeedEZ mount with straps.
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Fenders aren't that hard to put on and take off. Now that they are set up, the front fender just requires two screws and one nut, the rear fender is two screws and one ziptie. Except for the ziptie, all the hardware except the fender can remain on the bike even when the fender isn't.
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I'm transforming my trek roadbike to a more upright riding stance,more like a hybred,, I don't have flat bars but I did install a stem riser which gives me almost 4 inches of extra height which really makes a difference,, after watching this video I just might install fenders too,,,,,,,
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Check these out, Avenir Clip-On Fenders, Black ,700c...



Amazon.com link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Haven't had a chance to test them in wet conditions, all I got to say is they're easy to snap on and off plus they don't affect your bikes look, at least for me...

...Hope they work for you.
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^^^ I had almost the exact same fenders on my old Trek 7200. After the first ride in the rain,I went back to the LBS and got a proper set of full fenders. I got spay up my back from the rear,and on my legs from the front. They're just too short. The rear also leaves a pretty big gap for spray to get to the front der/chainrings.
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We might finally get some rain here in Central California tomorrow , and it got me to thinking about fenders. I would like to buy some that I can remove during the 6 or 7 months we don't get much rain with out needing too many tools. Any suggestions? I am sure that someone will tell me this is posted in the wrong area or that it is a question that has already been asked, so sorry to those people before hand.
SKS Raceblades.

And fenders...especially in dry areas like central California or any place in the dry West...are about as cool as suspenders, bow ties or a fez.
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SKS Raceblades.

And fenders...especially in dry areas like central California or any place in the dry West...are about as cool as suspenders, bow ties or a fez.
I have a pair of Raceblade fenders in the bike parts discard box in my garage. They have the same problem as the Avenir clipons above, they only deflect part of the water stream from the wheels, and IMO not even the most important ones. I'd rather put on the SKS Longboards as needed, with a proper repair stand it only takes maybe five minutes for a bike with disc brakes.
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