Hi everyone, I'm a newbie here and this is my first post. I'm also a newbie to winter road cycling, and so wanted to post a question... but I'll get to that in a moment.
I'm trying to get sorted for a New Hampshire winter riding my Salsa Vaya. It's a steel 'light touring' bike and I just got my Nokian Hakkapeliitta studded W106's mounted. I had the option of 700x35 or 700x45 sizes, and stupidly chose the wider 45s. I say stupidly because when it came time to mounting a fender, I found that the plastic SKS Velo 55 set I bought won't clear the tire. So my options now are these:
1. Ride fenderless this winter
2. See if I can return the Nokian 45 tires for the 35 size and then use my fenders. Not sure if Peter White Cycles will let me do this (I haven't ridden the tires yet, but they are mounted obviously)
3. Install a set of 'Mudguard' fenders like the Crud Racepac, where the front 'fender' is basically a plastic shield that straps onto the downtube (as opposed to mounting on the front fork and covering a decent amount of tire) and the rear fender simply clips onto the seat post.
I am uncertain how much protection a 'mudguard' will offer. Will it deflect enough water and slush to make winter riding pleasurable (within reason), or will it give only minimal protection?
Or should I go the route of trying to negotiate a tire swap and ride with a full fender?
Yikes, I screwed up with this plan!
Thanks for any comments or suggestions!