I've been lurking & reading the forums for a while now and just 2 weeks ago picked up a Specialized Crosstrail for my commute to work (6.5miles each way, just a couple hills, half road/paved path and half crushed limestone path)... thus far I've been really enjoying the ride- after not riding at all for ~9 years my goal was to make it in under 30 minutes so it's relatively quick without requiring too much effort on my way to the office- and short of when I was still learning the route I've hit that mark every time.
Having had a few wet days last week I found myself searching for fenders so I can ride through the rain & puddles instead of wussing out & driving or getting to work with a wet streak up my back. My problem is none of the stores I've been to locally seem to have fenders that would fit the way I believe they should...
From what I've read, I should look for fenders that are sized to match my tires but a bit wider... My bike has 700c x 45 semi-slicks, and all the fenders I'm finding locally are 700c x 45 (listed as being meant for 700c x 35 tires). So, would I be asking for wet trouble by using fenders that barely cover the entire width of the tire? Or should I order a pair of fenders online & hope they fit, etc.
Right now I'm staring at an unopened set of Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrid Fender (700c x 45mm width) and trying to guess if I'd be better served with a set of SKS P50s or Chromoplastic P50s (700c/26" x 50mm w) or something larger yet, like Planet Bike Hardcore ATB Fenders (26" x 60mm w -Fits tires 26"x1.75" to 2.25").
Am I right in assuming the PB Hardcore Hybrids just aren't wide enough and the SKS P50s are the way to go (though I'd have to add mudflaps and they're only 5mm wider) or do I give in & try the considerably wider 26" PB Hardcore ATBs on my 700c tires?
*FYI, my Crosstrail is an XXL and appears it would have enough room to fit any of the fenders listed.