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Old 10-22-12, 05:11 PM
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Longest 26" fenders available

What are the longest 26" fenders available? I am specifically interested in how far FORWARDS they go. I can and do add my own mudflap all the way to the ground, but it does no good if I get "sprayback" from the top of the front wheel.

Stainless steel, aluminum, plastic, I don't care.
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SKS Longboards are the longest fenders that I am aware of.



Are you riding backwards? (LOL) I'm having trouble picturing getting a significant amount of "sprayback" from what you describe.
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What Fenders are you currently using and how far are they adjusted above the wheel?

I have planetbike cascadias and have noticed that there's a little dribble that gets on top of the fender, so I understand this phenomenon can happen, but I wonder why you're getting so much that it can reach you. Maybe a picture will be helpful to some others here to help pinpoint the problem or offer an alternative that isn't going to give you the same issue.
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Originally Posted by Wolfwerx View Post
SKS Longboards are the longest fenders that I am aware of.



Are you riding backwards? (LOL) I'm having trouble picturing getting a significant amount of "sprayback" from what you describe.
The Longboards are long, but they do not come in a 26" radius. The photo below (kind of) describes the problem. If I hand a plumb bob from the tip of my front fender, it is just barely in front of the axle. Droplets from the top of the front wheel get thrown forwards (and a little bit up), then catch in the wind and come back to land on my legs and feet. If the fender was longer, the droplets would get thrown downwards and would be much less of a problem.

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Any brands or models you know are unacceptable? Your post suggests that "spray back" has been a problem for you in the past. It would be nice to fit any suggestions into that context.
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Have you considered that a different tire might shed water better and prevent the phenomenon you're experiencing?
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I'd just slide the fender forward a bit in the bracket then add a mudflap w/an old tire tube or something.
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You could also modify a rear fender for use on the front.
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buy a new fender the same one and put it in front and over the one already installed. Fix them together (glue, soldering, bolt, whatever)
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I've gotta say... there isn't going to be a commercial solution to this one. I've also gotta say that, the solution, when and if it is implemented will have the F.R.E.D. police on your six quicker than you can say "does this saddle make my @$$ look big?". Not on my bike, thank you. I attract enough negative attention just being me. YMMV.

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Originally Posted by Glynis27 View Post
You could also modify a rear fender for use on the front.
Yeah, this seems like it might be the way to go. Definitely going to have to get creative. I'm not sure I've seen a modern front fender that extends too far forward of the fork bridge.
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I've got SKS P50's on my 26" bike. SKS used to claim they would work with either 26" or 700c, but now they say 700 only, which is odd because my experience was that they're too short in back for 700c. It's possible they've changed them since I bought mine.

In the front, with the fender bolted on in front of the fork, I've got about 8 inches of fender extending past the fork.

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Buy 2 sets, use the Rears of Both..

I got a front out of the deal, that I fitted tip to the Low Rider hoop,
and came well down Low in back, + a DIY mudguard.. .

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Right now I have SKS P55s on my 26" LHT. They are curved for 26" tires. The bracket for use at the fork crown is fixed, so I can't move the fender forwards.

I do like the idea of using a rear fender for front use, and if I go that route, I would likely cut off some to make it look somewhat normal. I don't think that I would need to go all the way around to "3 o'clock" to fix my problem, one o'clock would probably do the trick. Like the Civia photo (click to embiggen):

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Before trying a radical solution with new fenders, try something that blocks the spray off the top of the fender. Maybe a 1/4 inch thick line of epoxy on the inside front lip of the fender would stop the spray forward. I wonder if it's coming off the fender or the tire. If it's the tire then that won't help much, but if it's thrown up on the fender that should stop it dead.

you could also get creative with a 2L coke bottle. That plastic works well for makeshift fenders, at least to try out an idea before investing in another fender set.
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Originally Posted by juggleaddict View Post
Before trying a radical solution with new fenders, try something that blocks the spray off the top of the fender. Maybe a 1/4 inch thick line of epoxy on the inside front lip of the fender would stop the spray forward. I wonder if it's coming off the fender or the tire. If it's the tire then that won't help much, but if it's thrown up on the fender that should stop it dead.

you could also get creative with a 2L coke bottle. That plastic works well for makeshift fenders, at least to try out an idea before investing in another fender set.
It is coming off the tire. I think that you and Cale may be on the right track; get a tire that picks up less water. I don't mind springing for another fender set, it is just very difficult to compare how long they are from pictures from all different angles.
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Advantage to going to a bike Shop.. you can hold things in your hands
before reaching for the payment card.


I fabricated another L bracket, to get more under the fork-crown
clearance, I cut the mudguard, at the factory riveted bracket,
fitted to back of fork.
then having the other bracket, the remaining portion
goes from the front of the fork, forward.

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Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
What are the longest 26" fenders available? I am specifically interested in how far FORWARDS they go. I can and do add my own mudflap all the way to the ground, but it does no good if I get "sprayback" from the top of the front wheel.

Stainless steel, aluminum, plastic, I don't care.
Wald steel fenders for 26" wheels with braces for $27/pair from my LBS; keeps my wife's clothes clean.
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
I've gotta say... there isn't going to be a commercial solution to this one. I've also gotta say that, the solution, when and if it is implemented will have the F.R.E.D. police on your six quicker than you can say "does this saddle make my @$$ look big?". Not on my bike, thank you. I attract enough negative attention just being me. YMMV.

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What a silly thing to say. It's perfectly reasonable to want fenders with decent coverage, do you ride through some kind of roadie fashion show on your way to work?

To the OP, I second ILB's recommendation for metal fenders. These are the ones I use, though in 650B variety:

http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...mm-26-atb.html
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sks b65t26

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Check out the Honjos. They're a pretty penny but they are stupid long, especially in the front. I actually need to cut mine down a little in the back and mount a mudflap there because they are interefering with hopping curbs. I can't really move it any farther forward because it is so far out front that I'd have to add another stay to the front fender. I'll see if I can't get my new phone to take a pic. Technically they are 650B fenders, but they work fine for 26inchers, I've got 'em on an old mountain bike.
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650b! I never thought of that. I tend to use larger tires on my LHT, so that may be the solution for clearance and spray protection.
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Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
650b! I never thought of that. I tend to use larger tires on my LHT, so that may be the solution for clearance and spray protection.
Velo Orange makes a copy of the Honjos that are (were?*) available in 650 as well, and were significantly cheaper, but IIRC the front fender isn't as long. I have a set for my touring rig, but that is mid-overhaul with much of its parts buried in storage right now.

* IIRC the last time I was poking around Velo Orange's website I didn't see their version of the Honjo hammered fenders in 650b, but maybe they come and go in and out of stock?
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Okay, here's a pic of the 650b Honjo's on my '93 GT Outpost MTB commuter. Unfortunately blurry as all the pics taken with my hated Blackberry seem to be. :/ But I think clear enough to tell how long they are. This is with it slid all the way to the rear and actually too close to the ground at the back of the front fender. You could potentially have it positioned even further forward, but you might need a second stay at that point. It's stable that far forward as it is.



Note that they come in plain metal, I pinstriped it red to match the bike.
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