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How much to fenders benefit the bike ?

Old 06-26-10, 11:40 PM
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Don't worry, you can install fenders on almost any road frame.
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Old 06-27-10, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ukie View Post
Don't worry, you can install fenders on almost any road frame.
...as long as you have magic fairy dust, a leprechaun, and the fileings from a unicorns horn?

I don't understand what you're saying - you can't install regular fends on a lot of regular road frames, only the the clip-on kind and they don't provide as full of coverage (though it's still an option, I do it) and you have to hope they work with the fork/seat stays.
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Old 06-30-10, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
They can block:

-spray into the headset
-spray into the bottom bracket (if long enough)
-spray onto the chainset (if long enough, we're talking mudflap long)
-spray onto the brakes
-spray onto the seatpost clamp area

etc.

They're worth it.
This.
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Old 07-05-10, 02:16 AM
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
...as long as you have magic fairy dust, a leprechaun, and the fileings from a unicorns horn?

I don't understand what you're saying - you can't install regular fends on a lot of regular road frames, only the the clip-on kind and they don't provide as full of coverage (though it's still an option, I do it) and you have to hope they work with the fork/seat stays.
Yes you can. Sometimes you will have to cut them in half though. Any decent bike shop can to that for you (~$60).
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Old 07-12-10, 12:25 PM
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Planet bike cascadias, they work great. Also not mentioned, its better for the other riders around you, not to have to put up with spray.
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Old 07-12-10, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by redsparrow View Post
I'm trying to make a decision between a frame with fender clearance and one without. I love riding in the rain and I love getting wet. If I got fenders they wouldn't be for me.

How much do fenders actually benefit the bike itself? How effective are they at keeping road grit off the drive-train?

Thanks.
Fenders are the cat's pyjamas. I have an old road bike that has just enough clearance for 700 X 23C tires and fenders and I loved commuting on it (usually through the Exp. Farm on my way from from Bronson and Laurier to Algonquin college in Nepean).

The little bit of extra clearance (little bit of fork length and chainstay length) will not impact your enjoyment of the ride one bit. I promise.

However, you should not buy a bike in a colour that you do not like... it seems like a small thing, but you have to look at the bike every day for the next 10 or so years and it is likely that you will not like it any more as the years go by. IF your choices are between a bike that can't do everythign you want and a bike that is ugly... well, you should probably choose another bike

BTW, I rode my bike to work today under a cloudless sky and the thunderstorm is just starting to let up in time for me to ride home... boy am I glad I have fenders. I am not afraid of getting wet, but I really don't like getting the mud from the road sprayed up in my face.

Also, the clip-on half style roadbike fenders will do a lot less to keep the road grit off your drivetrain. Full fenders or nothing, IMHO.
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