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Old 05-23-06, 08:22 AM   #1
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Damn pothole made my bike eat my mudguard

So I was following some traffic pretty closly and didn't see the pothole stretching across the whole road. Maneged to lift my front wheel in time but my back wheel hit it pretty hard.

Next thing i know i nearly went over the bars because my back wheel pretty much locked up. Thought i'd killed the wheel but when i stopped to check it out it seems my seat stays pretty much swollowed my mud guard. Crap, now i'm mudguardless just when the good old blighty weather decides it's going to have a week of rain. Still, glad is wasn't a dead wheel that was causing the trouble.

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Old 05-23-06, 08:31 AM   #2
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That is one of the reasons that I have never liked any type of mudguard that clipped to my seat stays. I have never had it happen to me, but have seen this before. Get this and you will be a whole lot happier. It is also much easier to remove for when you know you will have some rainless riding days.



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Old 05-23-06, 08:37 AM   #3
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I have one of those SKS fenders, but it really does not work well for me. The back wheel still gives me and the bike a dirty water shower, which is why I'd like to build up a commuter bike that can fit "real" fenders.

Sorry to hear about the fender, damnham. Glad you and the bike weren't hurt.
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I've had one of those x-3 guards for about a year and a half and it does an alright job. Keeps the worst off your arse at least. The only thing I worry about is some scally unclipping it, but that hasn't happened yet. It is really easy to take off when the sun's shining - about 5 seconds work.
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the sks fender in that photo is waaaay to high. in order to be effective, it needs to be about a centimeter and a half above your rear wheel, assuming it's a hardtail. i don't use that brand, but mine is stiff enough that it doesn't flop down and hit the tire. if you can't get it low enough on your seatpost, try mounting it on the seat tube, so that it sticks out through the chainstays just above the brake bridge.
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I had one of those SKS X3 fenders. It fell of my bike riding on rough pavement and I didn't notice or hear it hit the ground. I picked up another clip-on, then later put on a full Freddy fenders. They do the best job for keeping crap off your ass, drivetrain and pant legs.
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I've had one of those x-3 guards for about a year and a half and it does an alright job. Keeps the worst off your arse at least. The only thing I worry about is some scally unclipping it, but that hasn't happened yet. It is really easy to take off when the sun's shining - about 5 seconds work.
so take it off, shove it in your bag, and take it with you? i don't leave my lights on; i wouldn't leave my fender on either. then again i live in a city environment where bike and bike part theft is stupidly common, and anyone silly enough to leave their fender on is going to get it jacked still, those things aren't too big or awkward... i bet with some work they could fit comfortably in your bag.
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try mounting it on the seat tube, so that it sticks out through the chainstays just above the brake bridge.
That's what I do, and not only does it work really well. It looks BORDERLINE badass.
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