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Old 07-01-19, 12:13 PM
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There was a time when I didn't use fenders. But over time, I figured out that fenders work well on my commuting bike. Then I figured out that they are good on touring bikes for those rainy days, even for the bikes that are used on week-long supported tours. Fenders can make a damp day much more pleasant. Now there are only two bikes that don't have fenders. One is a "go fast" bike for the club day rides. The other is my 1981 Centurion Pro Tour, just because it is a re-creation of my original Pro Tour that didn't have fenders.

A friend who lives in the Pacific North West explained the difference between "me" fenders and "we" fenders. "Me" fenders keep the rider clean and <sometimes> dry. "We" fenders keep the spray off the rider behind me as well. I like Planet Bike Cascadia fenders.
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Old 07-01-19, 12:42 PM
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Just a note on VO metal fenders:

They are a major pain to install. I bought a pair to replace an 18 year old SKS plastic fender that had cracked. After about 6 hours over two days, the rear fender is on -- the old front fender is slightly cracked, but not falling off. It takes two or three people to do it right: remove wheel, mount fender, mark, reinstall wheel, re-mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, cut fender stays (long), remount fender, install wheel, adjust chain line, check fender mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, drill, install fender, cross fingers, reinstall wheel, remove wheel, cut fender stays to final length, reinstall wheel, done.

I should have bought a new SKS set. Put the fenders on, cut the fender stays to length, file the stay ends, done. And you saved five hours for a nice long bike ride!
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Old 07-01-19, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Just a note on VO metal fenders:

They are a major pain to install. I bought a pair to replace an 18 year old SKS plastic fender that had cracked. After about 6 hours over two days, the rear fender is on -- the old front fender is slightly cracked, but not falling off. It takes two or three people to do it right: remove wheel, mount fender, mark, reinstall wheel, re-mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, cut fender stays (long), remount fender, install wheel, adjust chain line, check fender mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, drill, install fender, cross fingers, reinstall wheel, remove wheel, cut fender stays to final length, reinstall wheel, done.

I should have bought a new SKS set. Put the fenders on, cut the fender stays to length, file the stay ends, done. And you saved five hours for a nice long bike ride!
But they look marvelous!
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Old 07-02-19, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Just a note on VO metal fenders:

They are a major pain to install. I bought a pair to replace an 18 year old SKS plastic fender that had cracked. After about 6 hours over two days, the rear fender is on -- the old front fender is slightly cracked, but not falling off. It takes two or three people to do it right: remove wheel, mount fender, mark, reinstall wheel, re-mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, cut fender stays (long), remount fender, install wheel, adjust chain line, check fender mark, remove wheel, unmount fender, drill, install fender, cross fingers, reinstall wheel, remove wheel, cut fender stays to final length, reinstall wheel, done.

I should have bought a new SKS set. Put the fenders on, cut the fender stays to length, file the stay ends, done. And you saved five hours for a nice long bike ride!
Buy the pre-drilled version, it's a good bit less trouble to install.
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Old 07-03-19, 04:12 AM
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Well the fenders arrived, finally got to see them in person. I was not a huge fan of the set up process. I returned the fenders and found some Portland design works fenders on sale for $15 more. I set them up last night, they will need a small amount of tweaking (lol). I adjusted my rack and for the most part got the fenders installed. Test ride to work today. It is on a cross check so I wonder how bad my toe overlap will be. I appreciate all the support and input! Iíll keep you guys posted hopefully a pic soon!
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Old 07-03-19, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I was reading old thread which some people said that some plastic fenders can get kicked into the tire (toe-overlap) and sucked into the fork, thereby lock up the front wheel and send the rider over the h'bar.
It is probably more of an issue on knobby mtb tires.
But I wouldn't rule it out for roadbikes with treads.
Fenders work best on bikes that aren't ridden through brush piles.
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Old 07-09-19, 06:56 PM
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I've never had problems with fenders, in use or fitting. Four of my bikes have them. I've done thousands of miles. Currently using 3.5ins wide stainless cruiser fenders on a full suspension bike, i run it down flights of stairs and through the woods.
My only dislike is the racket they make on wet gravel, but it beats having my face pebble-dashed.
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Old 07-20-19, 10:51 PM
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I find fenders can be both functional and quite handsome

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Old 07-21-19, 05:08 AM
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Fenders are a must in the NW!

Fenders are a must as I live in the NW. We get lots and lots of rain here. I do have a sporty bike without them but it is only ridden in nice mid summer days. I really think they look okay as most cyclists here have them.
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Your floor and rug look immaculate. You must wash and dry your tires before bringing the bikes in!

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One of my best bikes is a custom road fix gear with a very long dropout. The rear fender is cut at the brake bridge. The rear piece got modified further. I cut the fender sides in two places, straightened it out a bit, then fiberglassed the inside to maintain that new shape and increase stiffness. Now I can slide that rear wheel anywhere and never contact the fender. I can ride that Portland hills now using both a 23 tooth cog to go up and a 12 to come down and never mess with the fender. (SKS silver. Not a bad match for a ti frame.)

Ben
This sounds quite interesting. Can you post a photo or two please? Thanks!
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Old 07-21-19, 09:01 AM
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I find fenders can be both functional and quite handsome
Hand painted fenders to match the bike? Looks great.
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Old 07-22-19, 07:51 PM
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Many bikes look good without fenders.

Many bikes look good with fenders.

Generally speaking, I lean more towards the stripped-down, lean and mean aesthetic for bicycles. However, in the world of bike commuting, I am a 100% "form follows function" kinda guy.

The practical utility of fenders for me as an all-weather bike commuter in Chicago FAR outweighs any aesthetic misgivings I might have for them.
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Old 08-04-19, 06:36 PM
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i have them on my mtn bike converted commuter and think they look fine on top of doing a job. i just put a cf fork on my cross bike and my old fender won't fit.

i think the right fender on a bike can look good, and some such as hammered ss, or wood look classy on steel. ymmv
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Old 08-04-19, 07:19 PM
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I like hammered aluminum vo.
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Old 08-19-19, 12:01 PM
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Full fenders aren't just for sloppy rainy days, I recently put on fenders on a 20" mini velo that I keep at work for biking from our main building to a satellite building in the same office park. Right in front of our building is a permanent mucky puddle on the asphalt trail that I use to get to the other building that never dries out so I had to traverse it really slowly sans fender. Then I installed fenders. Now I just plow through the mucky puddle with reckless abandon without getting the bike or myself wet.

A set of full fenders are permanently affixed to my old 26" MTB commuter and I'll eventually install removable fenders when I remember to order them.
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