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Old 05-31-09, 10:19 PM   #1
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2009 Trek 520 Fenders

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The 1/2 fenders on the 2009 bike, are they likely to be effective?
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Better than nothing but not very effective at keeping you dry. Have you ever ridden a bike with full fenders? Those don't provide any coverage for your feet at all.

It would be good to know what your application is. If you're planning on riding the bike every day in all weather those fenders will certainly not be effective.
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Hey Folks,
The 1/2 fenders on the 2009 bike, are they likely to be effective?
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No.

If I were buying a new 520 (or a Trek Portland, which has similar cartoon fenders), I'd either ask for a swap at the time of purchase (if I wanted fenders) or just take them off.
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Yeah that's what i was thinking, you'd think for that money you'd get decent fenders.
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It wouldn't keep me from buying the bike, though. Not an expensive thing to fix, if you're a fender fan.
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You can consider yourself lucky if you can even find a 09 520
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The "fenders" on the 520, were not very effective for me. The only thing they're effective at is slapping the underside of the rack when hitting a bump in the road. I have long since removed them.
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Thanks for the feedback folks, after having to ride my 90's Colnago Master Olympic in the rain this morning, i think i'll be placing an order for "something" today regardless! I don't like riding my pride and joy in inclemment weather.
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first thing I threw away after getting hold of the 520 / 2009
now looking for a couple of new proper mudguards

the next to go must be the saddle
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How great that this has come up again just now, i've literally just gotten home from work, 13km one way in the pouring rain. It's the first time i got to test out my 45mm SKS Fenders, they did really well considering.
I did ride home once a month ago on wet roads with the 1/2 fenders, i got drenched from all the spray, the bike was a mess, not very effective, i had mud on my chest where it wouldnt' normally be with no fenders at all?
Very wet drive train with road gunk and mud over it.

Today however was much nicer, to be honest i still got a bet wet on my legs and shoes, but just wet, not soaking wet, and was nice not to have the spray in my face and down my @r$e crack either!

The B17 was well protected from underneath too with only a minimal amount of moisture from the 1/2 hr ride home.
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you need a big mudflap on the front, flexible material, tapering to ~4-5" wide at bottom.

should hang down within 2-3" of ground for best results.

not pretty but it keeps your feet dry

you can buy them or make your own from rubber or plastic - even the side of a milk jug will do

i prefer the cheap ones cuz you can chuck em when they get filthy

ps wow those stock 520 fenders are truly crap....wth is trek thinking?

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