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Old 11-30-05, 03:27 PM
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I have an 06 Specialized Allez Sport with a flat black frame (looks to be the 05 frame but I still like it) and was looking at the SKS raceblades to stick on. I'm all for that sporty and fast look and would like to bring it to a few group rides and club races. Would fenders, particularly those raceblades, look "OK" for those occasions? I know I'll be "unique" in the pack but what do you guys think of them fenders, even if I leave it on year-round (I'm lazy)? And would they affect performance negatively because of drag/weight? The SKS weighs in at 240g and are thin and close to the tires but I would like others' input.

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Old 11-30-05, 03:53 PM
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Fenders are a dorky appliance. Useful, but dorky. For occasional use get the clip-on types and be done with it.
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Old 11-30-05, 03:55 PM
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If you really intend to have them on for a while, get the regular, bolt-on type. Less chatter and they'll work as intended with no compromise. But yes, dorky. I'm a dork, in that case. My commuter has a pair.
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Old 11-30-05, 03:58 PM
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Who gives a flying F what other people think?
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Old 11-30-05, 03:59 PM
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Boy, some of the group rides up north here strongly encourage fenders, a long flap in back, too. Tain't nothing dorky about keeping the road slop off.
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Old 11-30-05, 04:16 PM
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@ rolliepollie -- Embrace the dorkyness. Come to the darkside...

@ MERTON -- Having a bad day?
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Old 11-30-05, 04:16 PM
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There's nothing dorky about being a practicle, prepared cyclist. If you go for the racing aesthetic, removeable raceblades are your best bet. If you are a commuter, tourer or just like to ride in any weather, throw the word "dorky" out of your cycling lexicon. Some of us still wear raincapes.
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Old 11-30-05, 04:22 PM
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put what you want to put on your bike, dumbass... it's your damn bike. ain't nobody's opinions about it matters but yours. if they think it's dorky.. they can go stick a cutting torch up their ass.
Umm, I'm not deciding on those SKS based on what others think. Just an itch of curiosity to how others view the image of "sporty/race" bike with fenders...Maybe my first post sounded like I was begging for others to decide for me?
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Old 11-30-05, 04:28 PM
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Dorky my ass.

PS. that's a Vanilla. Not like I could get my fenders anywhere near that tight. But, it gives me something to shoot for.
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Dorky my ass
Word........
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Forget the raceblades.
Less than full coverage, and expensive to boot. What's the point of having fenders if they only do a half assed job.
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Old 11-30-05, 05:25 PM
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I run fenders on one of mine (commuter). I'm neither blind to, nor concerned by, the general dorky perception they have.

Merton: take a happy pill mano. Fukitol 1,000mg should do nicely.
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Old 11-30-05, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by rolliepollie
I have an 06 Specialized Allez Sport with a flat black frame (looks to be the 05 frame but I still like it) and was looking at the SKS raceblades to stick on. I'm all for that sporty and fast look and would like to bring it to a few group rides and club races. Would fenders, particularly those raceblades, look "OK" for those occasions? I know I'll be "unique" in the pack but what do you guys think of them fenders, even if I leave it on year-round (I'm lazy)? And would they affect performance negatively because of drag/weight? The SKS weighs in at 240g and are thin and close to the tires but I would like others' input.
Bah. Get the Berthoud CF fenders if you're concerned about dorkiness. Yeah, they are $188 but fashion is expensive. Plus, they only weigh 60grams (another 150g of hardware).
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Old 11-30-05, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by CastIron
Fenders are a dorky appliance. Useful, but dorky. For occasional use get the clip-on types and be done with it.
Well, this quote should go on the top ten list of "when stupid people think." If you ride in wet weather and do not use fenders because you are afraid of what your "racer buddies" will think: you are a dork.
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Old 11-30-05, 06:20 PM
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I have to use these "Grunge Boards" on the front, nothing else will fit my Manitou Shock.

I have an old plastic rear fender I got in the Bicycle Graveyard here.
 
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Well, this quote should go on the top ten list of "when stupid people think." If you ride in wet weather and do not use fenders because you are afraid of what your "racer buddies" will think: you are a dork.
Missed my second post my friend? I ride all year, all weather.
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Old 11-30-05, 06:49 PM
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Noticed all that horrible black slimy ***** that accumulates on your bike when it rains? Do you prefer it spraying off the front wheel and into your mouth & eyes? yeah, tastes real sporty eh.... IMHO the dork is the one commuting in the rain without fenders.
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Riding in unusually great northeast weather in a park today, I had to avoid a large puddle not knowing what lay beneath it. This meant going onto wet grass that had some mud and probably a heaping helping of geese doo-doo mixed in there. How great it was to see the brown mixture slathered on my tires, but not having sprayed up at my mug.
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Road scooge in the mouth, up the nose and on the water bottles is totally nasty. Particularily after riding on a carriage way, near farms or where geese congregate
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I had this really great bat wing looking fender that a mormon missionary gave me one time. It was made of flexible plastic and stuck straight out of the back of the seat. I rode with that bad boy rain or shine. Like a cape or something.
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Originally Posted by CastIron
Missed my second post my friend? I ride all year, all weather.
My bad.
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One of the fun aspects of group rides is the look on some fancy-pants weight-weenie's face when he gets dropped by a bike sporting fenders.
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My fenders are more 'saucy' than 'sporty' ; many like them.
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Are fenders sporty looking? Not really...they're just not very aerodynamic. Sporty looking is that black stripe on your back from all the crap kicked up by your rear tire. It's almost as good as a racing stripe. Of course, then you have to get changed before you sit on the couch.

If you wanna keep clean (er), get fenders. I'll never laugh at a guy for riding with fenders. If you wanna look sporty, spend the dough on some shiny new pedals. Looks get the looks (hehe...had to say it).
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The stripe of mud and dirt down you back and up you front are very sporty!
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