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Old 03-24-21, 12:35 AM
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The best fender line awards!

In Roger M 's Expedition thread it was noted that his fender lines are superb. Roll-Monroe-Co joked that there should be a fender line award. Well, here's a thread for showing off beautiful fender lines.

My nominations go to Roger M and his Expedition, Saguaro and his Cresta and southpawboston 's Shogun 1500 (could have been any one of his bikes though, the fenders are perfect on each and every one).



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After 43 years and being Bluemels, I think these are hanging in there, not about to try and adjust them.

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1985 Trek 620. PDW Road Plus fenders. Excellent combination, IMO.




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^^^ I really like the 600 series Treks and that touring model looks super. A few years ago someone gave me an unused 1985 Trek 600 which was more of a racer and it was a great bike. I would still have it but it was way too small for me so I gave it to my son in law. I don’t have fenders on any of my bikes and a few times I have been on wet pavement where it would’ve been handy.
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It's not one of the things I get super anal about, but I thought this Moto turned out OK.

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my submission. When I was commuting, I decided it was time to be able to run in the rain. 26x2.3 tires under the largest Bike Planet fenders. They are not suppose to fit. required a good fender line or rubbing
was experienced. There was rubbing when standing to climb a hill but only at the extreme of the side movement.
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not going to win place or show with this one, but what the hell ... it's my surfboard fender for a beach ride by ...

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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
1985 Trek 620. PDW Road Plus fenders. Excellent combination, IMO.

I'm sorry, but that has a bit too much of the tiny speedo-on-the-middle-aged-European-male look for me.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I'm sorry, but that has a bit too much of the tiny speedo-on-the-middle-aged-European-male look for me.
That's my take on a lot of fenders I see, if your going to do it and you bike will take them put good full coverage fenders on.

These are too narrow and SKS's are almost always too short
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not going to win place or show with this one, but what the hell ... it's my surfboard fender for a beach ride by ...


That is the coolest!!! I feel like it's something I would have seen in "The Endless Summer" !!! Well done!!!
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
That's my take on a lot of fenders I see, if your going to do it and you bike will take them put good full coverage fenders on.

These are too narrow and SKS's are almost always too short
Those PDW fenders look to be flat on the top. I think the lack of depth and "wrap" is going to make them visually undersized even if they have the same width as a set of traditional fenders.
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Old 03-24-21, 09:27 AM
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Ooooh! Something I can do.



a little guguficazione....


and a splash of Hippie Bike


and topped off with ancient history..

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Here's two of mine for consideration:


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The fender lines that I I'm impressed with, are those from folks who can take a fifty year old set of Bluemels and get them dialed in...
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The fender lines that I I'm impressed with, are those from folks who can take a fifty year old set of Bluemels and get them dialed in...
Can I get partial credit?

The fenders on the silver bike in the snow have been on two bikes previously
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René Herse copy

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Not bad for plastic fenders...
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Originally Posted by bark_eater View Post
Those PDW fenders look to be flat on the top. I think the lack of depth and "wrap" is going to make them visually undersized even if they have the same width as a set of traditional fenders.
PDW fenders over Compass 32mm




My other bike with fenders:



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I am throwing this picture in just to be a participant. I cannot hope to be front of the pack with this crowd. Many of my bikes have fenders. I like the look and having to worry less about getting road grit tossed up on me and the bike. Awhile back, I was traveling on business and I got out early one day. I went to a bike shop and rented a bike, not thinking about the cloud in the sky. It rained. I was surprised to see water spraying up at me. "What is this substance getting flung at me from below?" I was used to riding bikes with fenders.

I need to get more recent pictures of this bike. I have handlebar tape on it and the SKS fender in the rear is a little shorter now as a result of a repair after a stick got caught in the spokes. I have both plastic and aluminum fenders and prefer the aluminum for the looks and the plastic for their durability. I was able to make a quick repair and keep riding. I will eventually replace the SKS fenders with Planet Bike fenders that start out with more wrap.

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I'm sorry, but that has a bit too much of the tiny speedo-on-the-middle-aged-European-male look for me.
That is an oddly specific reference, but while we're at it, I try to avoid the steel-toe-work-boots-on-a-tall-skinny-supermodel look myself. Color composition is complemented by visual mass composition, and that gets tricky with a 65cm frame and slender tubing. Along with preferring tires below 35mm for weight and responsiveness, keep tire sizes no larger, for me, helps keep a nice visual balance. The 620 now has a set of 6500 Ultegra hubs laced to satin silver Mavic CXP21 rims that gives a little more 'anchoring' to the visual composition. The MA2 wheels looked just fine here, IMO, but even better without fenders. The CXPs give a pretty complete look, and it's quite nice in person. Regardless, the 620 is a stunning rider, comporting itself with grace, poise, and pace, while also being more than willing to wind it up out of the saddle.

If you have a line on a continental-US-based 66cm Koga-Miyata Randonneur-Extra from the late '80s that's in good shape, I'm all ears. Otherwise, we're all stuck with my 620. That is, unless I find a newer Trek FX of the 7.3 to 7.5 varieties. The spirit of vintage touring bike geometry lives in it, and, since I've plotted the geo specs in CAD, it is perfect for a drop bar conversion (with a normal stem length). FX's have a reputation as being lively bikes, so if its aluminum ethos is the same that informed my '16 Emonda ALR, then I am all for it. 7.6 and above went disc, and I'm on the fence with that due to liking more compliant forks in general. It'd have to be mechanical because hydro is $$$ (been there, done that) and many hydraulic shift/brake lever designs aren't attractive to me. Anyway!...
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Originally Posted by bark_eater View Post
Those PDW fenders look to be flat on the top. I think the lack of depth and "wrap" is going to make them visually undersized even if they have the same width as a set of traditional fenders.
The PDW Road Plus'es have a 30mm max tire width spec'd for them. The 33mm Somas on the bike are 30mm on the nose (at least with 19-20mm wide external rims). I looked at and 'tried on' a number of fenders. The next step up for the PDW offerings has a max tire allowance of 37mm or a little more. The flat section on the top gets considerably wider, and the angled portions get a little longer, but they looked huge, loose, and horrible on this frame. Trust me. No chrome for these tan wall tires as the black tread area, IMO, needs to be seen so as to keep the lovely contrast going. I tried gloss black "full coverage" (wrapping more fully around a 30mm tire, in a lovely semi-circular cross-section) and the gloss didn't look right with the blue (too "basic" a color combination). Basically, I kept to my original goal of a matte/satin black fender color to match the matte black of the tires, a slender fender to match the slenderness of the tires, so that the "airiness" of the frame/bike aesthetic was maintained, even when fenders were added. It's a trim and tidy look, and looks great to me--success. I understand a lot of people like a certain look or visual heft. Things get tricky at the 65cm+ level, so I would invite anyone to try that out if they like.
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I love old Bluemels for many reasons, but 'ease of getting a nice fender line' isn't one of them. They either look good and rub, or don't rub and look crooked.

But since I am a member of this forum I feel obligated to try anyway.

My least offensive (and non-rubbing) efforts so far:







Lighter colors can be beautiful, but are even more difficult to work with:





Metal fenders either follow the correct arc or they don't. More work than plastic to mount, but once they're on, they're on:

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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
1985 Trek 620. PDW Road Plus fenders. Excellent combination, IMO.




Aside from the super great fender install, everything about this ride is, well... freaking awesome!

I’ve got lots of non-fender related questions such as: 1) Is that a Specialties TA triplizer with that Dura Ace 7400 crank? 2) what length bb axle did it take to complete that triple conversion? 3) How are you liking the Soma Vitesse tires? 4) Those are some long brake pads on those cantilevers - they look like they would have fantastic braking, what are they?

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I'm sorry, but that has a bit too much of the tiny speedo-on-the-middle-aged-European-male look for me.
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