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SKS Raceblade fenders-black or silver on my '04 Fuji Track?(10 posts)

SKS Raceblade fenders-black or silver on my '04 Fuji Track?jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 1:33 PM
I'm leaning more towards the black ones, as my bike has more black in it than it does silver (but it does have some silver). I also like the fact that the black fenders don't stand out as much (which can also be viewed as a negative). An advantage to the silver ones is that they are probably easier to see at night, as I'd imagine they are somewhat reflective (not that I care all that much as I'll have a headlight and taillight)

If you forgot what my bike looks like:
jtferraro "The total cost of my '04 Fuji Track has just increased..." 10/21/03 6:40pm

black fenders (upper right hand corner):

silver fenders:

I'm also swapping out my stock, 100mm Fuji stem for a 110mm Profile Designs.

Are they the original tyres?Steve Young
Nov 13, 2003 2:44 PM
Just looked at your picture again - did the red sidewalled tyres come stock with the 2004 or was that something that you changed. What are they ?

Yes, the Kenda red tires are stock.jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 5:23 PM
Although I'm starting to wear through the rear due to some skidding. When I do, I'll probably buy some slightly wider tires 25c or 28c or put a set of used, 23c, black Michelin Pro Race tires on the bike.

If you must, I vote for black (nm)cmgauch
Nov 13, 2003 3:16 PM
Yeah, I know, I know...they're easily removable though...jtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 5:26 PM
and they're ideal for commuting to work, AND they are probably the slimmest, slickest ones you can find! ;-) Thanks for the vote - I've decided on the black and will post a pic or two very soon. The new stem is also pretty nice looking, as it is much beefier than the stock one.

Well…yeah, OK – just for commuting then.cmgauch
Nov 14, 2003 10:48 AM
I know where you're coming from; my commuter has fenders too (& a chain guard). A buddy of mine uses those raceblades for commuting on his cx bike & loves them. I normally just go .5 mi to the bus stop so for that I use a $10 "Wicked Witch of the North" bike. I felt like that old witch too yesterday with the wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h. At least it didn't hail.

Let me know what you think of the new stem. I haven't had any issues w/mine since I took Humma Hah's advice & cleaned the excess grease off of the innards but I think I'd like something stiffer for challenging some of the nastier climbs around here.
Hah - wicked witch of the north, eh?jtferraro
Nov 14, 2003 11:07 AM
tell me more about her! =) That's funny that you felt like her yesterday! I hear ya' re: those wind gusts (although I wasn't on the bike yesterday). Refresh my memory, where did you say you were from?

The only real reason I'm changing the stem is b/c I wanted to go w/a 110mm. I haven't yet had any slippage issues. I was going to put a nice Salsa quill stem on it but decided the bike isn't quite worth a $70 stem and that the Profile Designs, as half the price, would more than suffice. The stem is much stouter and the LBS wrench said it should be much stiffer, so I'll let you know. Here is it:

Naturally, I went w/black. I also kept the stock, 90 degree, angle.

Hah - wicked witch of the north, eh?cmgauch
Nov 14, 2003 11:38 AM
I'm from Northern NJ, and work in NYC. I only do the full bike commute a handful of times/year becasue it's just so time consuming - about 2 hours each way.

The stem looks great. Thanks for the link.
Krylon makes a plastic paint in a rattle candesmo
Nov 14, 2003 11:51 AM
for patio furniture, etc. Easy to use, no primer and holds up well. I did some SKS and off white on a vintage fixie and it looked very cool. Red is nice and offers good visibility too. Or if you're into the HGTV scene you could go sage green.
Holy curb appeal batman!cmgauch
Nov 14, 2003 1:24 PM
Too funny, my wife is into HGTV. She had me paint the TV room "luscious moss". I don't pick it out, I just put it on.