Gear Combo Guru
Join Date: May 2007
Bikes: Spec' Tarmac (road), Ridley Fenix (commuter & fast tourer), Salsa Mamasita (MTB), CoMo Speedster (tandem), Surly Big Dummy (cargo), Airnimal (folder)
I've tried trimming my rear fender to about the 10 o'clock position (it was at 9 o'clock), and we'll see how that goes. The big advantage with this is that I can get rid of the lower set of stays, so the total weight saving was about 80 grams
I already got rid of the upper set of stays by attaching the fender to the rear rack instead, which makes it really stable. I also got rid of the upper stays on the front fender, and that seems to be keeping it's position just fine.
My next step is to get a Planet Bike mudflap for the front while I'm in the US over Christmas because they look to be at least as long as the SKS one I have now, but a bit narrower, and so slightly more aero (I'll either be running 25 or 28 mm tires, so I don't need much width). Plus, for just $5 for a pair, it's worth a try.
I know all this won't provide perfect rain protection, but based on the photos from last year very few people had fenders at all, so my trimmed-down version is going to be way better than that.