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Old 08-27-14, 11:20 AM
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Seeking advice on fenders...

With summer ending, I'm thinking ahead to autumn and the need to weatherize my bike (and myself) against the rain. I've never bought any before full-length fenders before, so I'm looking for your recommendations! Tires are 27 x 1 1/8 in

I'd like to preserve the classic look of my bike so aesthetics are definitely a consideration. Should I get black to go with the frame or silver to match the detail? Are there fenders which attach/detach easily for storage? If not that's fine, it would be convenient but not absolutely necessary.

Finally, I've heard that fenders can be dangerous if debris gets jammed in them while riding. Is this something to be worried about?


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New fenders for 27" wheels are rare, but fenders for 700c wheels will work fine if you're not too fussy about the fender curve being concentric with the wheel. The only time debris is a problem is if the clearance between the tire and the fender is too close or if you're using the bike for cyclocross in the mud.

I personally like the Giles Berthoud stainless steel fenders, but there are lots of options.

These are 700c x 40.

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I keep it lightweight with plastic fenders on a dedicated bike. It's about 5 - 10 minutes to install/remove fenders.
Painted to match the frame is the classiest way to do it, IMHO.
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Velo Orange has some really pretty fenders in a variety of sizes. I think their 700's are specifically sized to also fit 27s. They are also aluminum, which helps to keep the weight down.

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Black or silver would work fine IMHO. I would detrmine whether you want metal or plastic. The metal fenders take a bit more to install/unistall and do not have breakaway capabilities like the SKS Longboard. I have used Berthoud, Honjo and VO metal fendr ans SKS Chromoplastic and SKS Longboards. The SKS Longboards are my current favorite for coverage, ease of installation and the safety features.

One thing with the SKS that I do is to trim the front and rear mudflap by 2"-3" inches. It is longer than it needs to be and can act like a scoop in standing water and wet leaves etc.

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I would not say too close is dangerous, just a potential problem. Mine are very close but haven't been a problem.
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Both SKS and Planet bike plastic fenders have breakaway mountings for the front. Planet Bikes come in black, the SKS that I have are silver.
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As at happens, I just picked up a pair of Bluemels Club Specials an hour or so ago. These mudguards (no, they're not fenders) are the bee's knees when it comes to weather protection for a seventies' bike. Put them on my Mercier for size, to see if the Sportif look would work. I think it probably would.

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The slimmest metal fenders I know of are the Portland Design Works (PDW) Full Metal Fenders https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/fender...l-fenders-road

They are solid, don't make noise, and visually unobtrusive, being dark gray. I don't know if they will fit 27" wheels or 28mm (1 1/8") tires. I use them with 700x25 tires and my guess is that they should just fit but could be fiddy to install. You'd want to have a return/refund option. My only criticism is that the rubber mudflaps don't last, so I've just removed those.

I have the VO hammered silver fenders on another bike. They would look really nice on your black bike, and come in different widths.

Here is a useful article on sizing fenders. Velo Orange

I leave the fenders on year-round. The additional weight is minimal.
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I used Tanaka smooth aluminum fenders on my Passage and am really pleased with them. The 700c size can easily be massaged to fit perfectly over 27" wheels.
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I have the VO Hammered fenders on my Grand Jubile. I run 27in tires but the fenders are marketed as 700c. No problem getting a good fender line with some patience and finesse. I like the look and they didn't break the bank. As far as install and removal, once you first figure out the initial install, it's fairly easy getting them in line again. Though, it's not exactly a quick slap them on, peel them off type of scenario.

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I have two bikes with Axiom's. Quick on or off. Lightweight plastic, excellent quality with rubber flap tails. You can get them with a full reflective center line - ex. the black fenders look full black in the day but at night the entire centers are very reflective. Also, I lucked out for an NOS pair found on fleabay for $15 but even retail is priced fair. Excellent product.

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