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Old 09-27-12, 02:51 AM
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European Source for Fenders?

I recently ordered some of those nice stainless steel fenders sold by Velo Orange for an 80's mountain bike I use for touring. Unfortunately, the EU is cracking down on international orders and the package was withheld by Spanish customs. By the time I found out what had happened, they'd been sent back to the States.

Anyway, I'd like to find a European source for good quality stainless steel or aluminum fenders. Thanks for any help you might be able to offer.
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do you need new or used?

I have access to alot of stuff, even new

I even have very nice used vintage silver plastic fenders with stripes in them
very classy

smooth polished stainless used also,

700c wheels?

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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
do you need new or used?

I have access to alot of stuff, even new

I even have very nice used vintage silver plastic fenders with stripes in them
very classy

smooth polished stainless used also,

700c wheels?

mike
Hi, Mike.

I wouldn't mind used if they were in good shape and saved me some €€. I'm not interested in plastic, only aluminum or stainless steel. I've got 26" wheels.
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Freshtripe is an European distributor for Velo Orange.

https://www.freshtripe.co.uk/
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Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
I recently ordered some of those nice stainless steel fenders sold by Velo Orange for an 80's mountain bike I use for touring. Unfortunately, the EU is cracking down on international orders and the package was withheld by Spanish customs. By the time I found out what had happened, they'd been sent back to the States.
I wouldn't call it an EU problem but it's something that's been going on in Spain with international orders for the last couple of years - I've a friend who lost a whole Leica last year. I believe he said a company had been outsourced to handle this stuff and they're pretty militant, a bunch of bastards in charge it seems.
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Originally Posted by Tychom View Post
I wouldn't call it an EU problem but it's something that's been going on in Spain with international orders for the last couple of years - I've a friend who lost a whole Leica last year. I believe he said a company had been outsourced to handle this stuff and they're pretty militant, a bunch of bastards in charge it seems.
Danish problem, too. Bizarrely, our neighbours, the Swedes, seem to be able to import American stuff with only very few packages held back by customs.

But yes, Velo Orange stuff is easily available at Freshtripes. Nice people.
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Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
Hi, Mike.

I wouldn't mind used if they were in good shape and saved me some €€. I'm not interested in plastic, only aluminum or stainless steel. I've got 26" wheels.
i think fix you up.

exactly what is your tire size? a picture would help also

I went in the dungeon and found 2 nice stainless pairs with strips,
these are full fenders from city bikes and can be trimmed accordinglly




I went to my local bike shop and he had new stainless plain wide, and aluminum with stripes in them,
he has 26 and 28,

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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
i think fix you up.

exactly what is your tire size? a picture would help also

I went in the dungeon and found 2 nice stainless pairs with strips,
these are full fenders from city bikes and can be trimmed accordinglly

I went to my local bike shop and he had new stainless plain wide, and aluminum with stripes in them,
he has 26 and 28,
I'll take a picture of the bike.

Are those fenders a pair? It looks like the stripes on one of them are wider than the ones on the other.

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Originally Posted by portkatterno View Post
Freshtripe is an European distributor for Velo Orange.

https://www.freshtripe.co.uk/
Thanks. That's great to know.
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Originally Posted by portkatterno View Post
Freshtripe is an European distributor for Velo Orange.

https://www.freshtripe.co.uk/
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Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
I'll take of picture of the bike.

Are those fenders a pair? It looks like the stripes on one of them are wider than the ones on the other.
no no,

I have 2 pairs,
style A and Style B,
I just want to show them both to you.

need to know your tyre size and a pic of the bike
- we can then see how well they fit that size.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
need to know your tyre size and a pic of the bike
- we can then see how well they fit that size.
Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour, 26 x 1.75

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Originally Posted by portkatterno View Post
Freshtripe is an European distributor for Velo Orange.

https://www.freshtripe.co.uk/
I sent them an inquiry three days ago and they haven't bothered to respond. Have you done business with them?
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I know several good reports from this French site. Their prices are good for dynamo lights, which was my interest at the time. They seem to have only Stronglight and SKS

https://www.xxcycle.com/fixed-fenders,en.php

Personally, I would forget Velo Orange fenders and go straight for SKS. Very well made.

Also if you go to SKS site, https://www.sks-germany.com/, they have a shop finder feature which has 3 shops in Seville.
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Thanks for a most useful post, Gerv! Those local shops are ones I haven't been to for a while and hadn't considered. Do you have SKS fenders on your bike? I notice they're made of "chromoplastic". Is that just a fancy word for plastic? Which of the SKS fenders would you recommend, the Chromoplastic or the Bluemels?

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I will put the fenders back in the shed, I can always pull them back out if you want them,
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
I will put the fenders back in the shed, I can always pull them back out if you want them,
Thanks. I'd like to look around and see if I can find them locally since having them shipped in from abroad is likely to be expensive.
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I sent them an inquiry three days ago and they haven't bothered to respond. Have you done business with them?
Not personally. But I only heard of good experiences with them so I am a little surprised they have not responded.
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https://www.cyclesdsalmon.com/garde-boue-velo-2011.htm

Salmon is a french maker of some very cool narrow fenders....
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https://www.cyclesdsalmon.com/garde-boue-velo-2011.htm

Salmon is a french maker of some very cool narrow fenders....
Nice lines, but they look too...narrow.
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Thanks for a most useful post, Gerv! Those local shops are ones I haven't been to for a while and hadn't considered. Do you have SKS fenders on your bike? I notice they're made of "chromoplastic". Is that just a fancy word for plastic? Which of the SKS fenders would you recommend, the Chromoplastic or the Bluemels?
I had VO steel fenders on my Fuji commuter, but found they rattled a bit, especially in the wind. The SKS has two stays and a device that will disengage the fender if something gets trapped in it. The chromoplastic is like a thin aluminum with a plastic veneer over it.

Look at the image at this link. https://interbike.mtbr.com/sks-racebl...gboard-fenders



I think those on the left are Longboard model. I have also some SKS commuter fenders on my tourer, but they don't look at nice as this.

Also, while we are here, check out this great video on installing them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_WZVS9SUY
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Nice!
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the chromo plastic are really plastic, inside there is a very thing aluminum-like aluminum foil thin.

these do not age well, they oxidize inside and there is nothing you can do about it.

but this is with bikes that are used daily and live outside
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Originally Posted by portkatterno View Post
Not personally. But I only heard of good experiences with them so I am a little surprised they have not responded.
I received an email from them this morning. They were apologetic about the delay and gave me some useful advice about sizing, mounting, and so on.
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These SKS fenders were the only ones my LBS had that fit my bike. I really wanted silver ones, but eventually settled for black.

Thanks to all of you for your help.

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