aka Phil Jungels
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
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Fenders are extremely easy to clean (insides - as the outsides are even easier. ) Just one wipe with a wet sponge, followed by a rinse, whenever the wheels are off, takes less than a minute for both fenders. Fenders have cut my cleaning (and lubrication chores) to less than a third of what it used to be - and I have no goose poop on my water bottles.....
They keep both me, and my bike, sooooo much cleaner.
I have two friends who I ride with frequently, and I have installed fenders on both of their bikes, once they see how much cleaner my bike stays. We usually take advantage of my workstand for cleaning, so they get cleaned the same morning. Then, go on the same rides. The difference of the cleanliness of the whold bike, including the drivetrain, is really amazing. One or two cleaning cycles is all it takes to convince them - AND then, they congratulate themselves for the decisions...... LOL
The only downside to fenders, IMHO, is that it's a little more of a chore to inspect your tires for hitch hikers.....
Back when I was a kid, ALL bikes came with fenders, even the English Racers. Then, in the 60s, 70s, 80s, they started coming without - and even got hard to find, if you wanted them. Now, 50 years later, some of them even come with fenders, OEM, and many manufacturers are filling the void by providing alternatives.
Good fenders are now inexpensive, easy to mount, come in a variety of sizes and styles, don't rattle, and are very functional.