Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational & Family Ride just to ride? Have a family and want to get them into cycling? Drop in here to discuss recreational and family cycling issues.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-29-09, 09:02 AM   #1
lulubelle
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Eastern Iowa
Bikes: Sears FreeSpirit 10 spd, 1985
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fenders or Not for Casual Riding?

Getting a ladies bike for casual riding (neighborhood and bike paths). I was looking at a style like the bikes I had as a kid: women's with fenders. I don't plan to go "off road" but thought the fenders would still be a good idea to keep any dirt or occasional puddle water from splashing up on me. Not in the immediate future, but there is a possiblity I could ride to work sometime (neighborhood roads to get there)

However, I'm finding that having fenders is limiting some of my inexpensive/light weight car carrier options (example was the Saris Thelma). So I'm trying to decide if having fenders would be worth it or not. Opinions?

On a bike I got my Mom many years ago, we ended up with no fenders but got a bike rack that had a solid shelf...so it supposedly would act something like a back fender. She never really took it out in any conditions I would know if that works or not.
lulubelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 09:39 AM   #2
HardyWeinberg
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Bikes:
Posts: 7,539
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
I love fenders. I was going to say if you only ride when it's not raining that would reduce the need for fenders, but the road/trail stays wet for longer after it rains too (like you mentioned with puddles). Fenders keep the drive train clean as well as yourself, which is very nice if you want to keep maintenance as minimal as possible. For me, not allowing fenders would be a deal breaker in a car carrier.

We use a saris bones rack, which is light, easy to sling around, easy to attach bikes to. My wife's bike has a step-through/women's frame, we use one of these things so it can still hang off the car carrier as if it had a top tube.
HardyWeinberg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 09:46 AM   #3
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Posts: 24,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Unless you plan on riding in the rain, for your purposes a rear rack with a solid top would probably be adequate. It won't keep your feet or drive train clean, but it will keep the skunk stripe from puddles off your back.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 06:17 AM   #4
arej00dazed
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes: '09 Giant Boulder SE
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
fenders isnt only for rain. I need a set for my bike, but they would have to come down pretty low in the back. when I pull my kids in the trailer, they get peppered with road debris.
arej00dazed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 01:54 PM   #5
tornado60
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: norther ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have several bikes with fenders. Most of mine are seventies and older. I think my car rack is a grabber 2 bike trunk rack. Its a hand me down so I don't know exact make; similar style to ones at sporting good stores. The fenders have never given me a problem. However, the bikes shape can make mounting tricky. My advice is keep the fenders. Get one of those bars that extends across your bike making the missing top bar that mens bikes used to have. I am sure a local bike shop can get you one. That solved my mounting issues. The only problem I had is that i didn't secure it properly once and broke the latch piece. I wish I had gotten mine a lot sooner. It is nice to be able to just slide it on there.
tornado60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-09, 10:04 PM   #6
Velo Dog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
Bikes:
Posts: 3,802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I sort of vacillate on fenders--I'll leave them on for awhile, then take them off for awhile. But when I'm riding with them on, I've never wished I didn't have them, while every time it rains and I DON'T have them, I wish I did. I'm going to pick one bike and put them on permanently as soon as the weather changes this fall (we get no rain here in summer).
If you look around, you can find clip-on fenders that work fairly well. The ones I used to have on my singlespeed required a small bracket that stayed on permanently, but then you could install or remove the fenders in a few seconds.
Velo Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:29 PM.