This is my first touring bike, and I am a new returnee to bicycling in general.
I had a question about fitting fenders on this bike. It seems that most fenders are either black or metallic in finish. Is there a reason that folks don't try and match the color of the bike?
Can anyone recommend some fenders for this bike? I am going to be commuting mostly, but would like to stay clean. I found a set of SKS P35 fenders from REI for a good price. Is this a decent fender?
It seems mounting a rack should be pretty easy. It seems aluminum racks go for around $30-50 and steel racks go for >$100. Is steel necessary? Surly makes a rack that I am certain will fit, but it is a little more than I would like to spend. Of course, I want to buy a rack that will last as long as the bike. Help?
Thanks for all the help that I am sure I will get.