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Fender Suggestions: Need lotsa coverage so to be welcome on group rides

Old 11-05-11, 06:05 PM
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Fender Suggestions: Need lotsa coverage so to be welcome on group rides

Today was a nice wet one. Was a pretty decent HTFU day - 48 miles, some good hills, good pace at times, cold (40-45 deg), wet. Generally the norm for icky Pacific NW wintertime riding weather this time of year.

The folks in the club are quite patient. Basically, first ride, nobody gets wound up if you have no fenders. Second ride, well, better have fenders. Third and following rides (in wet weather), better have fenders good enough to keep from showering the next guy or gal in the line.

Well, I am at stage 2 moving to stage 3. I used a set of older raceblades today, which I jury-rigged to work, but coverage in the back is pretty crappy. And they are so short that simply hanging a tail on the fender would not work, it would just rub the tire.

Do you have any suggestions for longer road bike fenders? I don't have braze-ons to mount fenders, so must use the little rubbery straps and tiewraps to hold them on. I need to get some on by next week, or I will have to resort to riding my commute bike for the group ride - not a bad alternative, but my preference is to start riding my new BMC more.

Speaking of which - BMC that is - the seat stays are kinda weird on the bike, so I will likely have to get creative with bends and such to get the correct angles for mounting.

I certainly appreciate your suggestions!

However, I am temped to ditch the fenders so I can ride in front of the guy that had less fender than me, who jammed into the paceline. Nice guy that I am, I rode at the back the whole time so I wouldn't present a muddy shower to everyone behind me. This guy didn't think that far - I still have road grit in my teeth. !
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Old 11-05-11, 06:18 PM
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Any full coverage fenders will work. A long front mud flap that almost hits the ground is really needed to keep the chain or your feet clean. A good back mudflap is needed to keep the rider behind you a little cleaner. A "p" clamp will hold the fender stays to the bike just fine. I have used perforated strapping used in pluming to hold pipes to make my own clamps. Bend the fender stays, cut the fender, make your own brackets, you can get fenders onto any bike. Google "P" clamps. Ask if you want photos from me about any of this. If you search the forum for "fenders" you can probably find the photos I posted already. Same for P clamps, and mud flap.
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Crud fenders
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+1 on the Crud Roadracers
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If you're going to ride in the wet regularly and already have a bike that takes full fenders, I would go ahead and use that. I know you want to ride your good bike but if your commuter is a road bike and not a hybrid, use that one and save your good bike for better weather. Your components will last longer and the people you ride with will thank you. The SKS P35 are the longest fenders available. I added mud flaps to them and I get coverage all the way to the ground in the front, and maybe 2 inches off the ground in the back. On wet group rides, I'm everyone's best friend

I ride with a group that rides year round as well up here in Seattle. Fenders are highly recommended this time of year. They're out for training and fitness, not racing, so there is no excuse for not having fenders. If you don't want to use fenders with adequate coverage, then ride alone. The race team I recently joined requires fenders after October 1, no exceptions.
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Originally Posted by Torelli4 View Post
+1 on the Crud Roadracers
+1

Tried raceblades and roadracers and the cruds win hands down.
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