Fenders for my commuter
Is there a fender thread? I can’t get this search to work to save my life.
My commuter (cross bike) is almost done, I just need some fender action. I’m looking for something light (plastic), and can take 28-30mm tires. It also needs to be full length, I don’t like getting sprayed in the face.
I have eyelets for the front (and probably the back, but I haven’t looked closely).
Any tips? I like the SKS Raceblades, they have an XL version for wide tires, but they don’t have it in full length (which they do for the non-XL, go figure). I gifted a friend some crud mk2’s which I really liked the concept of, but they don’t go wide enough.
I rode with Planet Bike’s raceblade copies last year. The rear did it’s job and prevented back-spray, but did nothing to protect components. The front was pretty much worthless…it didn’t extend down anywhere near enough to prevent wet feet.
Right now I’m using SKS P-35 fenders, and they’re pretty much ideal. My other bike has full Planet Bike fenders, but I’ve found that not only do the P-35s have better coverage, but they seem to be shaped in such a way that prevents water from splashing around the fender.
My front fork doesn’t have eyelets either, so I ordered two of these:
Planet Bike Cascadia’s work well have stainless hardware, I believe, and come with a longer mud flap which really improves coverage. They also are sturdier than the planet bike hardcore fenders.
If you’re not wedded to the idea of plastic, you may wish to check the offerings at Velo-Orange as regards aluminum fenders. I’ve got a pair of the Zeppelins on my commuter…very light, very strong. (I did rivet an extra flap of leather onto the front for additional spray protection.)
That said, in the realm of the plastic fenders, I too am a big fan of SKS.
if you want super coverage, check out the sks longboard fenders.
I’ve got Bontrager plastic fenders on my main commuter (32mm tires) and I really like them. They’ve got nice coverage and good, long mudflaps (though not as long as the crazy long Planet Bike add-ons that I’ve seen). They are also really easy to adjust and install. A little bit pricier than planet bike (which I have on another bike and also like).
Thank you for starting this thread, and for the great replies. Now I need to go shopping.
I think I’ll give the PB Cascadias a go, let’s just hope they don’t drastically reduce my toe-to-wheel clearance too much. There are a few reports of the SKS ones snapping in the cold(er) weather on BikeForums.
Thanks for the suggestions.
I have the planet bike fenders. Very effective but they did reduce toe clearance for me… At least on one of my bikes. It was a little tricky doing switchbacks on a fixie with my toes hitting the wheel. The rear also rattled cause it didn’t mount exactly perfectly. It annoyed the shit out of me and I took them off. When it is this warm, I don’t think I need them. When it gets colder, I will maybe put them back on that bike. My cross bike has them as well and they are quiet. Since I can coast on switchbacks, the toe strike issue isn’t something of concern.
I recently purchased the SKS Beaver Tail plastic fenders for my commuter. They offer great coverage and protection. They are made to fit a wide variety of tires, and my 26 inch tires are a little small. They have a few ways of adjusting the fit based on mounting and the hardware is stainless. They keep me and my panniers very dry.
Just to update, I got the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders, they don’t play particularly nice with my mini-V brakes. Even with the bolt at the end of the slotted bracket at the fork crown, it’s not long enough to clear my V-brake boot.
I’ll have to drill out the the rivets and fab up my own longer bracket to move the fender closer to the wheel.
I think I had to do that for my fSO’s bike too, but the SKS’s I think came with a little metal piece that seemed to do the trick
I had a similar problem with Cascadias on my Big Dummy, which has a suspension-corrected fork (large drop from fork crown to wheel). I solved it by making a triangle-ish piece of plastic (shaped to fit the lines of the fork) with two holes — one for the crown bolt, and a lower one for the fender mount.
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