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Old 02-18-07, 03:10 PM   #1
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Turning corners with fenders on fixie?

On my geared bike I sometimes smack the fender when turning the front wheel. On a fixie where you have to keep pedaling how do you keep from smacking the fender?
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Turn carefully. When I'm moving quick, I just lean and turn the wheel slightly, not enough that my toe overlaps w/ the fender. When I'm moving slowly, then it becomes more of an issue so I straighten the wheel out when my foot comes down, then turn it back again or I end up forcing my foot down along the fender.
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Old 02-18-07, 03:28 PM   #3
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I don't use one
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I had the same problem with a bike that had no toe clearance. You just subconciously time your turns.

You could try race blade fenders; they're shorter.

Keep the fenders and stay dry and clean.
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I just learned to to adapt to it. If I know I need to make a turn sometimes I can do a little hop and spin the cranks into a better position before make the manuver. I also was able to to find full coverage fenders with low profile mounting hardware and fit close to the wheel.
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Ive ridden through some pretty ****ty streets on my bike all winter and I havent had any issues getting wet without a front fender. I just made a little bolt on rear fender to keep it from splashing up on my arse and back. The front downtube just gets a little dirty now and again, but I give it a good cleaning here and there.
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if you ride through any significant rain w/o a front fender a stream shaped like an upside down L will originate on the top of your front tire and terminate on your face

dont tell me that you can stay dry without a front fender unless you are also telling me that you live in a desert
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Old 02-18-07, 06:37 PM   #8
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Ive ridden through some pretty ****ty streets on my bike all winter and I havent had any issues getting wet without a front fender. I just made a little bolt on rear fender to keep it from splashing up on my arse and back. The front downtube just gets a little dirty now and again, but I give it a good cleaning here and there.
Yes, but what does "winter" mean where you live? If it means a lot of non-melted snow, I can see getting through the winter without a front fender. Fenders with tight clearance can actually be a hazard for accumulating snow between them and the tire.

But if it means water, puddles, and lots of it, there's no way your feet are staying dry w/o a fender. Water comes straight back from the tire like a garden hose, then it hits the downtube which splits it directly onto your feet. And when turning your toes get it directly from the tire. If you're riding in rain, your best bet is full-coverage fender with a nice big mudflap, but any front fender is better than nothing.
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My velo orange leather mudflap arrived just the other day. I'm "conditioning" it with Finish Line wheel bearing grease, then i can mount it and say bye bye to wet feet and a mucked up drivetrain.
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I've got one of those v-o mudflaps too! It's pretty sweet.
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I ride a 60cm. Problem solved.
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Ride a bike with 2 inches of toe overlap first to get used to taking corners more gently or turning only when the opposite foot is forward. You get used to it, but it takes some practice. My 172.5 cranks on my fixie put my foot waaaaaay forward. It's an adventure.

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I have minor toe overlap with my fender, but fenders are flexible. I probably hit it once a week and it's no big deal.
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toe overlap is a fact of life on short wheelbase fixed-gear bikes. it's also eminently deal-withable
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I ride a 60cm. Problem solved.
My 60 has overlap and I have a 165 crank. I take it your bike is really stretched out?
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I've got one of those v-o mudflaps too! It's pretty sweet.
Aww crap, the mudflap is just not doin it for me on my fixed bike. It looks great on your Kogswell porteur but utility chic don't work on my Marinoni road conversion. Maybe i will transfer the flap over to my geared commuter. Does this make me a slave to fashion?

Edit: Brainwave! I'm going to buy another set of the same fenders I already have (esge chromoplastic), then cut down the rear fender for use as a front fender, so that it's just like the existing front fender but 4" or so longer to make a mudflap unnecessary. Im still a slave to fashion but at least everything will still be functional.

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