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Old 01-28-16, 01:48 AM
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Fenders??

Fenders?? Yes - No For touring? For commuting?
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Old 01-28-16, 01:53 AM
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Fenders??

Depends on how much it may rain.
Commuting - always, even in summer here in Sweden
Touring - generally speaking in northern hemisphere: spring and summer, no.. autumn and winter, yes
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Old 01-28-16, 02:07 AM
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only for low-quality bikes like the LHT!
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There is really no reason to not use them for commuting other than to save money. They're light weight, protect your clothes from puddle splashes, and (in my opinion) look cool. For touring it seems to depend on a variety of factors. What tire are you running? The larger the tire, the less practical the fender. Are you going to encounter thick mud? Fenders will get bogged down more easily. Is your panniers or saddle not waterproof? If not, fenders will help protect them. Are you planning on breaking down your bike or putting it in cars/trains often? Fenders will be another thing that can break, lose, and consume time. Road biking? Bikepacking? Many different things to consider. I personally have SKS P55 Chromoplastic Longboard Fenders that I'm bringing on tour, but only time will tell if I like them or not. And Saddlesores, I have fenders to protect my expensive B17, not my bombproof LHT
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Old 01-28-16, 04:51 AM
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Yes. They keep you and the drive train cleaner and weigh nothing compared to the other gear on a tour or commute. Once you use them, you will wonder why you didn't. Bikes look weird without them.

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Old 01-28-16, 05:06 AM
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yes my commuter bike and touring bike both have fenders. Sometimes I would like to not use them but they work so well for what they're designed for if you ride in wet weather at all.
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Normally I'd say a simple "yes", but I'm currently weighing up the pros and cons for taking them on tour with me later in the year. The main "con" being the hassle of getting them on and off the bike and transporting them on a long-haul flight.
Scenario: 2/3 weeks, Aug/Sept, on the Pacific Coast Hwy, Oregon and California. Luggage: 2 x Ortlieb (waterproof) panniers + bar bag + camping equipment (in dry bags if necessary).
My feeling is that whilst a few spots of rain are quite likely, the protection afforded by the guards isn't worth the hassle of taking them along. A few items in dry bags on the rear rack will stop my rear getting too wet, I can wipe down the bike every day and dry out any wet stuff in the evening.
Thoughts??
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Old 01-28-16, 06:44 AM
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The only reason I'd trade in my fenders would be larger tires; the only reason I'd take larger tires would be a route with significant stretches of gravel/dirt roads. Otherwise, everyone else already nailed it, they keep you dry; even better, they also keep the drivetrain cleaner, longer.
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Old 01-28-16, 06:48 AM
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No. Period. I tour and commute on one of those inferior LHTs. Why spend money on fenders. When it falls apart after 9 months I just buy a new one.

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Old 01-28-16, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
only for low-quality bikes like the LHT!
I got robbed at gunpoint one day while on my bike and I didn't have any cash so I told the guy, "Just take my Long Haul Trucker, it's yours".

He says, "You can keep the bike, it's a heavy low-quality bike worth nothing, it's the fenders I want!!"
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Old 01-28-16, 07:12 AM
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....I have fenders to protect my expensive B17, not my bombproof LHT [/FONT][/COLOR]
but you NEED fenders! that crappy low-grade LHT steel will rust away in no time,
leaving just your B17 and some low-quality components in a puddle of orangish slime.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:13 AM
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Yes to fenders, and for touring a rear mud flap. The flap ain't for you, it's a courtesy to the rider behind you.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:18 AM
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Fenders for touring and practical or utility riding. However fenders are a real pain to set up properly and can be dangerous if not: debris such as small rocks, twigs and chipmunks and squirrels can get caught in the front fender and cause you to go over the handlebars.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bicycle365 View Post
Yes to fenders, and for touring a rear mud flap. The flap ain't for you, it's a courtesy to the rider behind you.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:32 AM
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Fenders = love/hate. I have them and use them if I ride somewhere other than the southwest US. I never use them around my home town.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:32 AM
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I use fenders. As others have noted it keeps your drivetrain cleaner, and I may add your headset too.
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Old 01-28-16, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
Fenders?? Yes - No For touring? For commuting?
I have gone with and without on various tours. In the long run I decided that for me they were unnecessary. Since I stopped using them I have not missed them.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
Fenders?? Yes - No For touring? For commuting?
Why not?

If you have a bike for the purpose of commuting and touring, you should have fenders, because you will likely be out in the rain.

If this is a multi purpose bike including fitness road riding... you can get fenders that are easy to add/remove to change it up for different types of riding.

I have 5 bikes: two pure road bikes that have no fenders; my commuter does duty as CX bike and gravel grinder, so the fenders go on and come off depending on the ride; the fatbike has MTB fenders for daily rides and come off for races; and the city bike had fenders on all the time.

I will take the commuter bike to RAGBRAI this summer, it will have fenders on for the ride.
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Old 01-28-16, 08:58 AM
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Fenders? Yes and yes. Wait until you pedal though a muddy road and have so much dirt on your back and it runs down the back of your shorts. Think wet and grindy for a day of pedaling. Not. Good. I use fenders. Much of my touring takes place on path, dirt and otherwise, some single track and dirt roads.
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Originally Posted by Bicycle365 View Post
Yes to fenders, and for touring a rear mud flap. The flap ain't for you, it's a courtesy to the rider behind you.
Not necessary since no one can keep up with me. That's so even though I ride that piece of junk known as a Surly LHT. That should tell you something about just how strong of a rider I am. I don't like to brag, but I am so strong I once did the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.
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Old 01-28-16, 09:27 AM
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I use SKS Longboards with mudflaps front and rear. The first time I used my bike after putting them on, I had to ride 6 miles to get home right after a pounding afternoon thunderstorm. The roads were drenched and the shoulders had two inches of water in places. When I got home, my socks were dry. The longboards are really low to the ground in front. That's why they keep everything so dry. The only drawback to them is when riding trails in the fall, they tend to catch big leaves quite easily. Just an annoyance.
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Old 01-28-16, 09:41 AM
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I imagine it depends on the weather in your area. Up here it rains so much I couldn't imagine not having them unless one only toured in the dry part of summer.

I bought a set of fenders once and they came with a free LHT in the box. I returned that to the store.

Eventually, I decided to make my own fenders. They turned out so well I emailed the Surly Co. to offer them as part of the LHT package but they said they couldn't afford such expensive components.

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For commuting and for touring I like FULL fenders with mudflaps. That way if it rains the fenders keep a lot of crap from getting onto the bike and me. The mudflaps can also be thought of as water spray shields as it's amazing how much water a front fender mud flap keeps off your shoes.

Fenders and mud flaps really help to keep the spouts of your water bottles clean too.

Fenders can be very nice if you have to ride through standing water.

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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
Fenders?? Yes - No For touring? For commuting?
Do you crowd source all your decisions?



NB: Not everything puddling on the road is rainwater..



you can stay indoors when it rains

have grit and dirt all over your stuff OK?

have 1 less thing to put in the Box when you fly with your Bike.

no place for a red reflector behind your pile of stuff on the rack..


Etc, Etc.

by the way a British Classic Cycle Rain Cape is Really Effective,

but only if there is not bare wheel spray coming up from below..


adding ...

I have a Tubus front rack, Its attached to the Fork they have places on the rack for the Mudguard struts,

Like wise the Rear rack ,

and likewise the Bruce Gordon racks On the bike I built up in the 80's..

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Normally I'd say a simple "yes", but I'm currently weighing up the pros and cons for taking them on tour with me later in the year. The main "con" being the hassle of getting them on and off the bike and transporting them on a long-haul flight.
Scenario: 2/3 weeks, Aug/Sept, on the Pacific Coast Hwy, Oregon and California. Luggage: 2 x Ortlieb (waterproof) panniers + bar bag + camping equipment (in dry bags if necessary).
My feeling is that whilst a few spots of rain are quite likely, the protection afforded by the guards isn't worth the hassle of taking them along. A few items in dry bags on the rear rack will stop my rear getting too wet, I can wipe down the bike every day and dry out any wet stuff in the evening.
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I wouldn't worry about them in your case. It can and will rain at any time, but things get better the further South you get. I imagine you are probably flying into Portland? If so and if the weather is not looking great, have some installed locally.
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