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    Default Fenders for bike with mid-reach brakes and fender eyelets

    Looking to extend my riding season and times using my new mid-reach with fender eyelets bike.


    I looked through some of the older threads and summarize as follows:
    • Go metal if you can
    • Plastic is a good second choice
    • long as possible front fender to protect BB and crank
    • PDW great
    • SKS really good
    • Other plastic fenders (Planet Bike, Blackburn, etc.) are fine
    • Velo Orange metal fenders stink
    • Use Sheldon Fender nuts
    • Take your time to install correctly
    • At some point all fenders rattle but some less than others



    Please let me know if there are any new options that work really well, installation tips/tricks, and general advice to help make my "fendering" a not miserable experience. Pictures and what you have used on your bike would be really helpful.


    My N=1 bike is:
    Seven Ti with fender eyelets
    Seven 5e mid-reach brake fork
    TRP RG-957 mid-reach brakes
    700x28mm (really 30mm) Schwalbe One


    Also, any suggestions for a "winter" tire for the North East would be much appreciated.
     

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    I have 3 bikes with fenders. One has Planet Bike, the other two have SKS. The SKS fenders are stiffer, and more laterally solid, but none of my bikes rattles. The key is proper installation. I like to omit the rear brake mount that comes with the fenders and instead drill holes and zip tie. I use some neoprene weather stripping between the fender and the bike where there is contact.

    Consider adding an extension to the front fender. It keeps your feet dry and your drive train cleaner. If you ride in a group a rear fender extension is mandatory.
     

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    The Honzo fenders that are on my Ahearne don't really rattle at all, even on the dirt roads...

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    I used SKS plastic fenders with the break away mount for the front. I broke it away a few times when something stuck to the tire plus popping it out allowed me to put the bike on my Park stand. I bought some rubber gasket material at an auto parts store to make my mudflap for the front. I drilled holes in the fender and used small bolts with washers to attach the rubber. It should be stiff enough to hold a curve for at least halfway down so it stays in place and doesn't blow back. The same for the rear which really does nothing for you but it means a lot for the people riding behind you.

    I chose the plastic version because they'd be quieter for my commute route which had some gravel. It's also easier to customize the fenders with a dremel around the brakes if you need to. I used Tektro long reach calipers, cheap and once you install Koolstops, just about as good as anything.
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    I use Honjo smooth 41mm on my Hampsten. Couldn't be happier.
     

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    I have some input: I just picked up this bike
    [IMG]fully fendered w 28s by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Those are 28s under the fenders, but I'll bet 32s would work.
    SKS race blade fenders, really nice so far, and a mod has made them dead silent on at least the first few rides. They fit under mid reach brakes perfectly. the attachment of these fenders is sweetness, but that clip that holds the rear fender is a huge source of noise. the fender rattles inside that clip like mad. my fix was simple from something i literally had laying around. Bar Tape! just slip a bit into that clip. easy peasy
    [IMG]fender fix by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Heres my take on metal fenders:
    [IMG]fender mishap by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]
     

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    Honjos win as long as you are willing to set them up properly. For 30mm tires a 40-42mm fender is fine. Get a set of Berthoud stays and use them instead of the drawbolts Honjo provides. Take your time, do it right, and they will last years, be silent, and keep both you and your drivetrain cleaner and dry.

    Re: crumpling. It has been my repeated experience that aluminum or steel fenders are significantly less likely to crumple and throw you than SKS fenders. I have had both fail in this way, but the plastic ones did so regularly when I still used them. The polycarbonate fenders (some PB, some PDW) also seem to be stiffer than the laminated SKS ones, and less likely to fail this way--even with breakaway mounts. If you are anxious to have breakaway mounts, PDW sells their eyelet mount separately and they work with Berthoud stays.

    Enjoy. A year-round bike is a beautiful machine, and yours turned out well.

    Best,

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    Nice looking bike. I would get that thing really, really dirty and enjoy doing it.

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    [IMG]fully fendered w 28s by Matt.zilliox, on Flickr[/IMG]
     

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    I've had Berthoud stainless fenders on my bike for 10 years and they're superb. No noise at all unless my tire throws a rock under them. Had the bike built for 28s with 40mm fenders. It's really tight with a 30 tire. The only aggravation was pointed out by bigbill--the front fender doesn't work with full tray fork-mount rooftop carriers.
     

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    If you have mid fork eyelets, mount the stay there.
    That way the tire / fender gap opens as a jammed object rotates the
    fender upward. Look at old British bikes, mid fork eyelets and mud guards made
    of frangible celluloid.
     

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    rw saunders
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    PDW Full Metal Fenders (City version, 45mm). Silent, sturdy. Dark anodized aluminum. Look good and have kept me dry last couple Boston winters.

    https://ridepdw.com/collections/fend...-metal-fenders
     

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    Going to just reiterate what mostly everyone else has said.
    Metal is better, IMO.
    TAKE YOUR TIME with installation. Don't half ass the fender line.
    When it's done right, it not only looks better, it works better.
    Velo Orange hammered jammers are working great for me.
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    I've tried lots of different fenders.

    My favorite are the PDWs for their ease on installation and solid design. Good coverage too. I wish they had an in-between model for road bikes with 28mm tires.

    I have Velo Orange stainless steel fenders which are good too. Heavy. Fussier to install but they are sturdy as all get out. No dents! Added nice Walnut Studios leather flaps for better coverage.

    I have Honjo aluminum fenders. Nice, pretty looks, but dent and scratch prone. Install is straightforward. Much lighter than the stainless VOs.

    I have SKS RaceBlade Longs which work great. I love these because they clip on and off their mounts. (Not the ones with the rubber straps). Easy to take off for the roof rack and for cleaning. The biggest downside is the cheap looks compared to the nice metal contenders. I added cut water bottle flaps to improve coverage.

    I have SKS Raceblades with the rubber straps that mount on the stays and fork blades. These work okay. Coverage is better than nothing. Leaves scratches on the bike's finish after a while. Cheap, they are easy to put on and take off.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72gmc View Post
    The only aggravation was pointed out by bigbill--the front fender doesn't work with full tray fork-mount rooftop carriers.
    When I installed my SKS front fender, I removed the OEM bracket which mounts the fender to the brake bolt. Then I compared where the fender would sit when the bike was on the ground sitting on the front dropouts, vs. mounted in a full-tray fork mount carrier, so I could ensure the bike would fit either situation without the fender getting in the way. I drilled a new hole in the fender and remounted the bracket with a screw.

    The end result is less coverage of your feet and the BB area, but if that concerns you then adding a flexible extension as has been suggested above is the way to go. Just be sure the flexible extension doesn't put you back to square one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    Tailgaiting sucks. I don't let people draft me. Wheelspray is all part of the plan.

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    1) use breakaway front and back
    2) leave 2cm space between tire and fender
     

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    Check Plant Bike ALX metal fenders.
     

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    Nice looking fenders.
    Unfortunately, website says unable to ship to US or Canada.

    (Swarf, that is).
     

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