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How wide a fender?

Old 01-13-11, 09:52 AM
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How wide a fender?

Hi everyone,

I am riding 35mm studded tires for the winter, and I am looking for full fenders to put on the bike. What width fender would be best for this? It looks like SKS fenders come in both 45mm and 50mm widths. Planet Bike has a 45mm fender with mudflaps. Are mudflaps essential on a winter bike?
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Old 01-13-11, 11:15 AM
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go wide or go home
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The thing about the PB Cascadias, is that they shorten the fender before adding the mudflaps. My Cascadias including the mudflap are actually shorter than the SKS P-series without.

Last fall I found I could order SKS P-series with mudflap and reflector from the UK. I run the 45s over my Nokian W106s in winter, and the 35s over 28mm Continental 4-Seasons in the three-seasons.

But, to answer your question, no, mudflaps are not essential, but when they make the fender longer, they're nice to have.

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another thougt ,if you can recycle 2 rear fenders ,trim one for front.max coverage.also see instructabuls for a refreshing mudflap,a beer can
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I have PB fenders in a 60 mm width. I am running 700x38 tires.
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Any standard 45mm fender should be fine, you can go to 50mm if you want some extra wiggle room. I'd suggest you think about picking up some Velo Orange 48mm aluminum fenders though, they're on special right now for $28. Hot deal if you like shiny things. VO fenders are also as a general rule longer than others; mine are good to go through the Chicago winter without mudflaps.
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If those VO's are still on sale after I've slept on it, they're likely to be without another pair come tomorrow.

45mm fenders should be fine. I switch between 32c and 35c tires and my 45's are about right, maybe just a hair wider than perfect. I'm probably messing with my sixth set of full fenders now and I like the SKS fenders once they're properly installed but getting them there tends to be a PITA. The Planet Bike Freddies have been much easier to install but a bit flimsier.
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I'm running yellow PB 45mm fenders over 35mm Schwalbe Marathon Winters just fine. I typically extend my fenders with two zip ties and a panel from a milk carton to give it extra length.
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I'd go as wide as you can fit. To me length is serious issue to address also as long fenders keep the slush from freezing up your components.
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I run the SKS Hybrids(45mm) and that is about as wide as the frame will take and would recommend going as wide as you can, snow is like sand... that **** gets everywhere.

On my winter beater I have the 26" variant and it is also as wide as it can go.
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Old 01-20-11, 10:54 AM
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The wider the better. Whatever fits in the frame is what I would use. I use 45 mm on my winter bike with 32mm tires, my Surly LHT had 50mm with 38mm tires.

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MOST important thing is having lots of tire clearance (at least a couple inches); snow and ice can quickly build up and freeze into a solid wedge between your tire and fender, and you won't be going anywhere.
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Fenders are a PITA to set up, so they should be wider than the widest tire you'll ever use. I use the PB Hardcore 60mm with the Cascadia mudflap extension on the front with tires that range from 23mm to 2.1". Using a wide fender with skinny tires does get the occasional question as to why my fenders are so wide. The only downside to a wider fender is increased wind resistance and weight, but I'll take better coverage any day.
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Originally Posted by hshearer View Post
MOST important thing is having lots of tire clearance (at least a couple inches); snow and ice can quickly build up and freeze into a solid wedge between your tire and fender, and you won't be going anywhere.
One suggestion I heard recently is to spray the inside of the fender with pam. It keeps the ice and snow from building up. I haven't tried it yet, but it makes sense.

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Old 01-21-11, 01:08 PM
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anything that will give the inside of the fender a slick surface.

some car wax will work too.
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Related Question:

are the cheapie snap on fenders a gimmick? Has anyone used these?

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7002.html

or how about this-

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7030.html
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I've used these

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7001.html

and SKS Shockboards and not been particularly impressed. The hybrid clip-ons were OK but really only kept the crap out of my face and the line off my back. You need better for commuting and winter riding. The Shockboards were OK for road use but never, ever stayed in place when trail riding. Even a washboarded road at speed tended to knock them out of place.
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