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    Do you remove fenders when not touring?

    For those of you that have fenders on your touring bike, do you remove them when you are not touring? Assuming, that is, that you use your touring bike for more than just going on tour. (I know some of you have multiple bikes.)

    I put fenders on my new Cannondale touring bike, but now I am thinking I should take them off and save them for when I actually go on a tour. Reasons being are that with the fenders on I have toe overlap with the front fender that did not exist before, and I am somewhat concerned about the fenders getting damaged over time as I use my touring bike as my primary road bike (for general recreational riding -- I have another bike to commute with).

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    My fenders are on my bike all the time. I also live in Seattle. YMMV.

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    My fenders come off. We wish it would rain here!

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    It hasn't rained here since May, I'm seriously thinking about yanking my fenders.

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    My fenders stay on all year. I had a bit of porblem at first with toes and fender stays. I trimmed 1/2" off the stays, and learnt to avoid toe overlap issues through experience - its only an problem in extra low speed turns. It can rain at any time.

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    i have a few bikes
    i dont own a car
    my Surly Big Dummy has fenders on it year round...
    other bikes, they come off and on, at will...

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    One advantage for leaving the fenders on all the time is that I will be used to them, especially with the toe overlap issue. Kinda stink to be used to no toe overlap, load up on tour, and then run in to the problem.

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    I leave the fenders on. It has nothing to do with rain, touring, toe overlap; I just like them. Oh, and the tail light is mounted to the fender; but that's because I like the look.

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    Yes, I remove the fenders even for touring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeamac View Post
    One advantage for leaving the fenders on all the time is that I will be used to them, especially with the toe overlap issue. Kinda stink to be used to no toe overlap, load up on tour, and then run in to the problem.
    I don't take them off, but I also don't usually ride the touring bike unless actually going touring. I guess if I lived somewhere that was really dry and I only had one bike I might take them off.

    The toe overlap thing is a complete non issue for me. I bump the tire or fender once or twice on a new bike and just automatically adjust. After that I never even notice. I guess I am lucky that way.

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    Thanks for all the comments. I think I am going to leave the fenders on. I am selling my road bike to help pay for the new touring bike, so the touring bike will be my primary road bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by lighthorse View Post
    Yes, I remove the fenders even for touring.
    Makes me wonder if there is ever a time you actually put the fenders on?


    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    The toe overlap thing is a complete non issue for me. I bump the tire or fender once or twice on a new bike and just automatically adjust. After that I never even notice.
    Yeah, I think once I get used to it I'll be the same way, too. Another reason to just leave them on.

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    I take them off the instant I return from a tour, because having wet feet and a crudded up drivetrain is soooo much more fun riding around town than riding on tour.
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    I leave my fenders on all the time. I LOVE my fenders. They look great and they do an awesome job.

    There have been a few bike purchases I've regretted, but I have not once regretted my fenders.


    I don't have any toe-overlap issues with them, though. It would bug the heck out of me if I did, so I understand why you want to take them off.

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    I leave the fenders on but take racks off.

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    Mine stay on. I have a little toe-verlap, too. I compensate for it and it's not an issue. I wouldn't want to get out of the habit of compensating, then have it trip me up with a full load far from home.

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    Fenders, never leave home without em

    Last edited by robow; 07-28-09 at 01:11 PM.

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    I used to use my fenders on all the time and loved them. When I lived in a wet area, I wondered why people would ever ride a bike without fenders. Now I live in an area with almost no rain. I took my fenders a half a year ago and haven't needed them. It seems that the area you live in and tour in will dictate whether or not you value you fenders.

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    I'm starting to conclude that the fenders result in a small performance hit, not sure yet though. If speed isn't critical, might as well leave the fenders on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doconabike View Post
    It seems that the area you live in and tour in will dictate whether or not you value you fenders.

    Having fenders for the wet is nice, but that's not all they do. I never have to worry about my tire throwing gravel or glass onto me. I don't have to squirm all over the road when the tractors leave their freshly fertilized fields. On those rare occasions when I carry a coffee cup in my bottle cage, I don't have to worry about the recessed lip filling up with crud.

    They're just a nice "one less thing to worry about" accessory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    Fenders, never leave home without em

    Just wondering, ever try that with fenders? They get clogged with mud so fast that you grind to a sudden halt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
    Just wondering, ever try that with fenders? They get clogged with mud so fast that you grind to a sudden halt.
    That won't happen if you leave enough distance between the fenders and the tires. Not all frames have enough clearance for this, however.

    I always use fenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeamac View Post
    For those of you that have fenders on your touring bike, do you remove them when you are not touring?
    When you're not in public, do you remove your pants?
    A touring bike without fenders is naked!
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    I usually take the fenders off for my annual ride down the coast at the end of May. I put them back on when it starts raining again - usually early November. In between the only water the bike sees is from errant lawn sprinklers.

    My touring bike has no toe-overlap issue with or without fenders. My other bike has lots of overlap and no room for fenders.

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    You really shouldn't have toe overlap issues, and should probably do your best to eliminate them. If you have clown feet you could be stuck with it. My sandles are clown shoes, and as much as I like them they add a lot of unecesarry length. That stuff aside, if you have properly fitted fenders, trimmed struts, standard toruing geometry and cranks, I don't see how you would have interference. Of course if all that stuff is going against you... I asume you peddle with the ball of your foot over the quill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    That won't happen if you leave enough distance between the fenders and the tires. Not all frames have enough clearance for this, however.

    I always use fenders.
    Yeah, you could leave the clearance, but then it looks ugly. I vastly prefer fenders to closely hug the wheel, with just the 8mm or so needed for safety

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