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Old 12-17-06, 07:29 PM
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Race Blade Fenders- any good?

Commuting in the SF bay area we don't have to deal with rain that often. In fact, call me a wuss, but I typically don't commute in the rain. Not that I mind the water so much, but I the additional maintenance after the ride is PITA. OTOH, I would like to ride when its just a light mist or showery.

I was in the bike shop and saw for the first time the SKS Race Blade clamp on fenders. I note that they do not pass through the fork, or through the seat stays, sort of partial fenders. So I am wondering how much difference they might make. I commute on my Trek 5.2, it appears they would fit but I am not sure how much if any benefit they provide.

Appreciate any guidance/experiences..
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Old 12-17-06, 07:32 PM
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I have similar fenders from Planet Bike, and they're not bad. They don't do as good a job keeping your feet dry in the front as a full fender will, but they certainly prevent the stripe up your back. Not bad at all for the money.
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Old 12-17-06, 07:45 PM
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They work a lot better than nothing, and will keep your back clean and anyone riding behind you clean. On the other hand, your feet will still get soaked and dirty.

EDIT: BTW, a big WARNING on using these. The instructions say to bend the stays to make them fit. DO NOT BEND THE STAYS. Slide the black plastic piece on the fender to change the shape and make them fit your wheel. I bent the stays on the front, and now my front fender is unusable because the two sides are no longer identical. Because the steel of the stays is so hard to bend and is round, it becomes very difficult to precisely bend it and make the two side match. I had the front fitting OK by sliding the plastic bracket, and I decided to follow the instructions. Learn from my mistake, and ignore the instructions.

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^^^What they said.
I've got two sets. Better than nothing for when nothing else fits.
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I have the Planet Bike version for my road bike. It works ok. I've only used them on long rides (over 30 miles) and found that they shift sometimes, giving rubbing the wheel. A slight adjustment gets them cures that problem. They look good on a bike too, if you are into that.
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Originally Posted by Critterpace
They look good on a bike too, if you are into that.
When (ok IF) I start to look good on a bike then I might start worrying about how my bike looks
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