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Old 10-25-12, 11:53 AM
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Looking for thoughts on fender

Hi, I have been researching fenders to put on my Cross Check. I am considering either the SKS longboards or the Bontrager Interchange Nebula fenders. I like the thought of being able to easiliy remove the Bontragers, but I run a bike rack in the back and wonder if that will make removal not so trivial. I also like the thought of the aluminum Bontragers, and they are on special a few different places for $40. I have read the SKS really do a great job of keeping water off your bottom bracket, and maybe the additional time for removal would be worth it. I live in SoCal, so I could see taking them off pretty regularly.

Anyway, thoughts and feedback on your experience appreciated.
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Old 10-25-12, 12:50 PM
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I have more nasty weather year 'round here in the Boston MA area. I keep planet bike cascadias on my cross check all the time. Why would you take the fenders off your commuter bike?
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Old 10-25-12, 12:57 PM
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I only own one bike, that probably makes me an anomaly posting here. I use it for long weekend rides, and an occasional century ride as well as commuting. Maybe leaving the fenders on for long distance pleasure rides is no big deal.
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Old 10-25-12, 01:34 PM
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Maybe it's time for another bike!

You can pick up a pretty awesome mid-80s steel road bike on Craig's list for a couple hundred without too much trouble. I'm just sayin'...

I've got the SKS longboards on my commuter bike, and like them a lot. A little finicky to get on just right, but they do a great job. But I wouldn't want to be taking them on and off.
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Old 10-25-12, 02:09 PM
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I have SKS Alley Cat (aka Bluemells) on my bike. They're pretty much the same thing as the longboards. I used to have a road bike that they were mounted on and I too struggled with the whole idea of not wanting to spoil my ride with fenders but realizing I'd need them a lot because of the rain/snow. Eventually I just decided to go with permanently installed fenders versus any of the on/off type designs. Maybe it appeals to my inner Fred, but I really like full fenders on a bike, especially a commuter type bike or something like a CX bike. I think full fenders give a bike a sort of bad-ass utilitarian appeal. Ultimately I got rid of the road bike and the fenders transferred over to my touring frame bike that I have now. And yes, the longboards keep your frame a LOT cleaner than any other type of fender.
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Old 10-25-12, 06:04 PM
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I have SKS P-series fenders on three bikes. Once the fenders have been installed once and adjustments are dialed in and locked down, it's not at all hard to to take them off and put them back on again. 2 screws and one bolt in front, same in back. Shouldn't take more than a few minutes. The cross check has two sets of eyelets in back, right? The rear rack shouldn't complicate things unless it blocks access to the fender screws (but that hasn't been an issue for me). Depending how everything goes together, there's a chance you might have to remove one or both wheels, but probably not.

I just run my bikes with fenders all the time. They probably weigh 1.5 pounds per set, which I don't really notice. But like I said, if you really want them off, it's not hard.

Edit: On my bikes with two sets of eyelets, I found it best to use the more forward/higher set for the rack and the back set for the fenders. I think that reduces conflicts between the two, but it would probably work the other way as well.

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Old 10-25-12, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Spld cyclist View Post
I just run my bikes with fenders all the time. They probably weigh 1.5 pounds per set, which I don't really notice. But like I said, if you really want them off, it's not hard.
Thanks, that helps a lot. I can see the possibility of leaving them on pretty much Nov - May, when we get some rain. But the rest of the year precipitation is basically zip. EXCEPT, for the annoying coastal fog that can get to be like heavy drizzle in the summer, which is the time I would love to be able to pop fenders on in just a minute or less. That is what is attractive about the Bontragers. Also the fact I can get them in the aluminum for a decent price. I suppose I could just leave those on as well, but it looked like the longboards provide better coverage.
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I have SKS fenders on two of my bikes and think they're the best... well designed and pretty much trouble-free when installed correctly. Rivendell has a great video on the install.
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Old 10-25-12, 08:28 PM
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Wow, great video. Thanks for sharing that.

I am wondering how much dirt and road stuff I keep off my bike by having fenders on even when the roads are dry? Are fenders keeping my bike cleaner then also?
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I like the Planet Bike fenders - they are in their second season on my commute ride, were inexpensive, easy to install, all that good stuff.
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Originally Posted by sbslider View Post
Wow, great video. Thanks for sharing that.

I am wondering how much dirt and road stuff I keep off my bike by having fenders on even when the roads are dry? Are fenders keeping my bike cleaner then also?
Well, they're priceless on trash collection day when the truck leaves a slimy, stinky trail all the way down the street.
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Originally Posted by Spld cyclist View Post
Well, they're priceless on trash collection day when the truck leaves a slimy, stinky trail all the way down the street.
Don't forget Bikesnob's motto, 'Fenders, because it's probably urine'
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Old 10-26-12, 09:37 PM
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Well, they're priceless on trash collection day when the truck leaves a slimy, stinky trail all the way down the street.
Glad I don't live in your neighborhood.

On a more serious note, I do notice rocks mad such from dry roads hitting me occasionally while I ride, I am guessing even more of that small, light stuff end sup in my drive train, even on a dry day.
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a ratchet drive 1/4" socket set un does bolts quite quickly.. so dont limit your choices.
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Old 10-27-12, 04:58 PM
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Ok, so I opted to get the SKS longboard fenders, sounds like taking them off will not be that big of a deal. Thanks for all the inputs, Matt
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