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Old 01-11-18, 07:42 AM
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My whole ride this morning was on wet pavement. (It's not raining. It's just wet out) Wet pavement full of road grit and rock salt.

Looking down at the tires you could see it. The tires were brown with this mix of wet dirty rock salt.

However, the bike and my body arrived at work clean.

Without fenders I'd have been dirty. With fenders, clean.
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Fenders are good at fending off stuff like water, grime, urine, dog poo and anything else your tires can fling on you.
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Old 01-11-18, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Fenders are good at fending off stuff like water, grime, urine, dog poo and anything else your tires can fling on you.
Right. But they have limits. Some people expect them to be a force field that can hold back mud spray as you ride through 6 inches of slop. And that's just not realistic.
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Old 01-11-18, 08:39 AM
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I ride with fenders and don't generally get wet other than from the rain falling on me. Riding through deep puddles at speed will soak my feet as the v-shaped splash comes off the side of the tire and would completely miss any fender.

Good fenders don't rattle and provide enough protection that the only water and dirt that ends up on the bike is due to side spray and capillary action. Couldn't imagine riding without them - especially in the cold.

If you've made it 30 years without them I doubt you need to revisit. There's not any new fender technology.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Yes, there are some tradeoffs:

1. With fenders, you can't take the front wheel off and set the bike down on the fork... that's a little awkward sometimes; might interfere with some car racks too.

At home the fork sits nicely on top of the mineral spirits can, FWIW.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by work4bike View Post
My riding is all on pavement.

If that's the reason for fenders, then as far as I'm concerned they are not worth the time, because you're going to get wet no matter what; I don't mind getting wet, I don't care if my bike gets wet, but I hate all the road grim. But I guess it's just a part of cycling.
Fenders reduce the splash of the road grime.

Commuting on just my road bike, I'm with you and can do without. With another bike that's "commuter" or "rain bike" I for sure want the fenders.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:58 AM
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changing a flat with fenders. is it really any different that any other bike?

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Old 01-11-18, 11:50 AM
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I just put on my fenders for the rainy season (SoCal). If I lived in Florida, I would have a bike with fenders full time.
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Because it isn't always water you're riding through. Dog pee, human pee, garbage truck pee, etc.
Try rainy day near a large field river side. Now add 200 Canada geese, plus lots of green poo all over the bike path. Getting a picture?
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Originally Posted by work4bike View Post
My riding is all on pavement.

If that's the reason for fenders, then as far as I'm concerned they are not worth the time, because you're going to get wet no matter what; I don't mind getting wet, I don't care if my bike gets wet, but I hate all the road grim. But I guess it's just a part of cycling.
FL? Hmmm, guess you are not riding in snow, sleet, slush, sand, road salt or brown car snot? At above and below freezing? YRMV.
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Old 01-11-18, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
changing a flat with fenders. is it really any different that any other bike?

The fenders on my bikes do not require me to scatter the wheel, tire, tube, clothing and equipment all over the place to change a tube or patch a tube.
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Yeah, I rode home in the pouring rain today. Puddles everywhere, some big ones and just a lot of standing water everywhere. Everything was wet, but at least the water on my clothing was from above and not below.

Riding at speed through a large puddle there was no saving my feet, even with long mudflaps. Fortunately the neoprene shoe covers kept the water out and my feet dry...relatively speaking.
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Old 01-11-18, 06:36 PM
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equipment all over the place
yeah not proud of that but still got 'er done in 15 minutes
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One missing point of fenders is the width. Models with more than 65mm for MTB tires are hard to find.
Pletscher from switzerland makes the R80 (80mm width), which should keep most bicycles clean.
bikeforums.net/commuting/1131833-26-x60mm-fenders.html#post20084010
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Old 01-11-18, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by work4bike View Post
My riding is all on pavement.

If that's the reason for fenders, then as far as I'm concerned they are not worth the time, because you're going to get wet no matter what; I don't mind getting wet, I don't care if my bike gets wet, but I hate all the road grim. But I guess it's just a part of cycling.
Nothing assures complete cleanliness, but fenders reduce the amount of water and shmutz you'll get on you. If you didn't notice it, it's because you didn't have enough miles to notice the shmutz-to-miles ratio. If you use fenders, you'll notice the improvement. In some instances of light rain, they will keep you completely dry.
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^^Seriously.

I don't know what it's like in other parts of the country...but here I am MORE likely to get wet from water below me than water above, if I don't have fenders on.

It's pretty unusual to have a massive downpour...and when it does happen it passes quite quickly. Much more often is a steady drizzle throughout the day. On a 35 minute commute, the drizzle isn't even enough to soak through my pants, but I'll be soaked from road spray. Completely...
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yeah not proud of that but still got 'er done in 15 minutes
I guess you must know that route well, to risk a mid-road teardown like that. 15 minutes around here would have been plenty of time for one of the mouth-breathers to come around the bend in a lifted Escalade. Zero points, as the bike would have obviously been disabled and therefore out of bounds. But, oh so satisfying the 'smack, crunch, rattle, rattle, aww [email protected]#$#~!!' as they drive off, smiling.
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On my commuter bike, fenders are essential -- long ones, with a leather flap at the trailing end of the front fender that keeps wheel spray off my feet (and off the BB, pedals, chain, etc).

I regularly ride in the rain. When I arrive at my destination, I just give the bike a quick wipedown with a clean rag, and it's all good. Only clean rainwater gets on the bike, as the fenders keep road grime off of it.
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They're just cool, Daddy-O. Unless you want a klunker or an urban street bike.
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I guess you must know that route well, to risk a mid-road teardown like that. 15 minutes around here would have been plenty of time for one of the mouth-breathers to come around the bend in a lifted Escalade. Zero points, as the bike would have obviously been disabled and therefore out of bounds. But, oh so satisfying the 'smack, crunch, rattle, rattle, aww [email protected]#$#~!!' as they drive off, smiling.
oooohhh, no that's a remote paved bike trail with absolutely no traffic. it was 24 degrees & not a soul in sight
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There has been a surge in silly OPs recently, what is going on?
Silly or not, it's winter in this hemisphere and it was 117F in parts of Australia the other day. Bike Doldrums.
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Silly or not, it's winter in this hemisphere and it was 117F in parts of Australia the other day. Bike Doldrums.
Quite right! Carry on then!

This past week here began with 18" of georgeous snowpack on the ground and semi-cleared streets, followed by warming, significant rain, then refreeze. I rode through it all, and my fenders saw it all, and I can't imagine riding without them. These are not "full coverage" fenders, more of a minimal design-y type, and somewhat flimsy compared to some others, but they still do quite a decent job keeping the slop down. I riveted a flexible mudflat onto the back of the rear fender to give it a little extra coverage.



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Mudguards (fenders) always! They are another design element in the bike style. The creators of my 1958 Sun Cresta (Birmingham England) made sure the fenders were coordinated with the frame in a most lovely way. That mud flap on the front fender is original to the bike.


Most of my bikes have a fender of some sort because I like to ride clean shiny bikes.


It's a cold crappy day here in Ontario Canada, a good time to wax eloquent about the beauty and function of the simple mudguard.
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Worthless

Iím a year round commuter/road racer in mn. I see every kind of weather you can imagine. Iíve found that fenders are basically just extra weight/cost. They donít keep me or my bikes clean. Fenders do make it much harder to clean my bikes though and can add to the wear and tear/maintenance. Iíve found if i canít see because iím riding too fast in the rain, slowing down is much better than the best fender setup that iíve ever tried. Iíve also found that choosing the right clothes is much better at keeping me warm/dry than any fender ever could. Finally, a good dry bag will ensure clothes are available once i get off the bike.

Iíd say put your money into things that actually help: water proof backpack/panniers, good lights, good tires, and good riding clothes. Now, if you ride slow in light rain, you may have different results. Just my 2 cents.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
you threw out your fenders & now are unhappy that you got a skunk stripe, but are asking why anyone would want fenders?
I was more curious why anyone wanted a yellow jersey
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