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Old 12-30-10, 11:53 PM
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Fenders! I love Fenders.

There, I said it. SixtyFiver's Fetish thread has had me in an inner turmoil for a week. I knew it was time I admitted I have a problem and may need help. I don't even ride in the rain. I just love the way they look.
Tonight I had to stay up late to put these '63 Columbia fenders on my Raleigh Competition (maybe being snowbound with a new bike in the house isn't helping). I think they look great. Maybe they make the tires look skinny but I have a sweet pair of 27" wide white walls that will fill them out just fine.
I will not build another 531 rat rod.
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I will not build another 531 rat rod.



There's a lot of alignment issues to work out and they may need a matching black headlight with a chrome bezel but I'm digging the look.
I really like 26" fenders stretched over 27" wheels. I dated an English girl in college who wore shorts a size or two too small. My Raleighs have all suffered because of it.

I even have Raleigh sport fenders on my fat Schwinn. I saw that faded green paint and couldn't help myself.

Anyone else have this problem?
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I really like the ratted out Competition.

I've got a rough set of JC Higgins fenders that I might have to put on a build after seeing that. Of course I don't currently have projects, maybe I'll have to find a new one...
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I like fenders, like 'em a lot. I blame growing up on the wet coast, if you don't have fenders, you get wet.



Metal fenders are awesome so my new Surly will have fenders from a 60's Peugeot. More of a hassle than some plastic ones, but SO SHINEY!
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I like fenders, also and tend to mount them when ever I get the chance. This old Legnano features a set of mid seventies Sekine alloy fenders, painted to match the frame set. I plan on installing a set of these on my now under restoration Bottecchia Professional also. Must have half a dozen sets in The Old Shed by now.
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keep 'em coming! Love it.
I'm thinking of a build in 2011. A mid-level Centurion (saw an ad on CL) and a set of one of these bad boys www.woodysfenders.com
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Yeah, I fender all my bikes as much for looks as for practicality... doesn't matter if they're road bikes, mtn bikes or city bikes. I've gotten to the point where I feel that bikes look like they're missing something if they aren't fendered.

Here are some of my fenders:

SKS thermoplastic:


Honjo hammered:


VO smooth polished:


Honjo smooth fluted:


Planet Bike recumbent 20":


Planet Bike mtb 26":

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Old 12-31-10, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by sailorbenjamin View Post
There, I said it. SixtyFiver's Fetish thread has had me in an inner turmoil for a week. I knew it was time I admitted I have a problem and may need help. I don't even ride in the rain. I just love the way they look.
Tonight I had to stay up late to put these '63 Columbia fenders on my Raleigh Competition (maybe being snowbound with a new bike in the house isn't helping). I think they look great. Maybe they make the tires look skinny but I have a sweet pair of 27" wide white walls that will fill them out just fine.
I will not build another 531 rat rod.
I will not build another 531 rat rod.
I will not build another 531 rat rod.



There's a lot of alignment issues to work out and they may need a matching black headlight with a chrome bezel but I'm digging the look.
I really like 26" fenders stretched over 27" wheels. I dated an English girl in college who wore shorts a size or two too small. My Raleighs have all suffered because of it.

I even have Raleigh sport fenders on my fat Schwinn. I saw that faded green paint and couldn't help myself.

Anyone else have this problem?
I have here 3 bikes, my two and the SO's bike, two of them have fenders, the third is getting them. I know that metal fenders would look better, but there is a cost issue, I would get another set like on the SO's bike for the road bike, but you can't buy those anymore and they look funny on a narrow tire bike. Looking at a set from Chain Reaction, but shipping is almost as much as the fenders! So I'd only do that if I was ordering a bunch of stuff.....
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Whew! I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought bikes looked odd without fenders. I'll hafta get some pics of my Trek 610 (a w.i.p.) and Kogswell P/R for your viewing enjoyment.

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I have one 27"-wheel bike on which I've fitted fenders made for 26" wheels, my Super Sport:



There's definitely a 70s "short-shorts" vibe going on there.

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This time of year, fenders are a necessity for me.

Mt Zefal fenders


Bleumels


ESGE fenders
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This time of year, fenders are a necessity for me.

Mt Zefal fenders


Bleumels


ESGE fenders
Lovely bikes, Roger M!
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Old 12-31-10, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Lovely bikes, Roger M!
Thank you, Southpaw. I am very impressed with your collection, and that 560 is the nicest that I have seen.

Do you even own a bike without fenders??.. Even your kids trailer bike has fenders, too cool.
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Thanks, guys. I feel much better now. Thanks for the great pictures.
When did Woody's come out with the compound curve fenders? Those are awesome. I wonder how they make them.
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I'm a fender-fiend as well. I couldn't resist the VO 48mm fluted fenders for 26$ so I grabbed a pair for a winter bike, alu and stainless for 26$ can't beat that price locally on plastic fenders. I like all sorts though and really need to get a camera again.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I have one 27"-wheel bike on which I've fitted fenders made for 26" wheels, my Super Sport:



There's definitely a 70s "short-shorts" vibe going on there.

Neal
And he even put the chainring on the outside! That's a great looking bike. Class. Class. Class.
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Yeah, the matching grips get me going. That's another fetish of mine, Schwinns with matching grips or tape. But that's a different thread.
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I love this thread.
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here's some of mine. I guess I like fenders too.













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Nice group of bikes, close to my size too. How do you like the bars on that Lotus?.. and what are they?


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Thanks! They made by on ine and called "the midge". Very similar to dirt drops except they take bar end shifters obviously. Super comfy. Love em.
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I love this bike! Are those inverted Northroad bars? If it were larger I'd be beggin ya to sell it!
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I've never had anything but plastic fenders before, but I really like these on my fake vintage commute bike.





I could probably keep the underside a little cleaner with a mud flap, but this isn't bad.
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And he even put the chainring on the outside! That's a great looking bike. Class. Class. Class.
Actually, it now has a 1st gen Dura Ace crank set with a 48t ring mounted on the inside! Guess I should have gone with a shorter BB spindle.

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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I like fenders, also and tend to mount them when ever I get the chance. This old Legnano features a set of mid seventies Sekine alloy fenders, painted to match the frame set. I plan on installing a set of these on my now under restoration Bottecchia Professional also. Must have half a dozen sets in The Old Shed by now.

I really like this. More bikes should have fenders painted to match the bike, my own included. The first set of metal fenders that I get, will get painted.

Nice work
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Planet Bike Cascadia fenders on a 1978 Schwinn Traveler (not quite finished)

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