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Old 07-29-08, 07:19 PM
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Best Fenders/Racks?

What are some of the best fenders/racks you can get? I am picking up my new bike tomorrow and not sure if I should just get the stuff the shop sells and have them installed or buy them on my own. They sell a good bit of trek gear. If I do not plan on running in the rain are fenders still a good idea?


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If you are really sure you won't be riding in the rain, then yeah fenders serve very little function. However, they still have form. I like the way fenders look on my Trek 520. But honestly, if you are sure then don't get them. However, I am guessing there might be times you'll end up in the rain anyhow and will want them.

I run Planet Bike Freddy Fenders.

As far as a great rack, I like the Jandd Expedition.
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What are some of the best fenders/racks you can get? I am picking up my new bike tomorrow and not sure if I should just get the stuff the shop sells and have them installed or buy them on my own. They sell a good bit of trek gear. If I do not plan on running in the rain are fenders still a good idea?


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Best is kind of subjective. If you want a rack that will carry the heaviest load and is easy to adjust to fit your bike, it'd be hard to beat a Tubus Cargo. If you want something a bit more minimalist, a Tubus Vega is a good choice.

Cargo



Vega



However those are very expensive racks (>$100). They'll probably last a lifetime but the initial investment is steep.

For less expensive racks, the Delta MegaRack Univeral is hard to beat. It adjusts in height, is very strong, and is relatively cheap.



If your bike has disc brakes, the Delta Disc Rack is a good option but not for carrying panniers. The single leg lets the bag swing into the spokes.



For fenders, Planet bike, SKS, etc will get the job done...if you need them. Personally, I don't need them that often and take them off during for most of the year.
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