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Road Fenders(6 posts)

Road FendersSteve Davis
Mar 12, 2001 8:36 AM
How many of you use road fenders on your bike this time of year?

I'm trying to find a set to use on my "rain bike". A 1997 Lemond Alpe'du Huez. I bought one that clamps onto the seat post and it does a good job keeping my backside dry and free from anything that resembles a skunk, but it's more of a mountain bike fender.

Also, I bought a Zefal road fender set (35mm) and it is supposed to fit under the brake arches, but my bike doesn't seem to have enough clearance to allow the tires to run freely without rubbing on the fenders. I've got Campy Veloce brakes and an Open Pro wheelset with Axial Pro tires.

What works for you? I will appreciate your responses as we still have more than a foot of snow that needs melting.
Probably won't fit on that frameCory
Mar 12, 2001 9:13 AM
Fenders aren't cool until you need 'em, so a lot of racing-based (or racing-marketed) frames don't have room for them. My alleged "sport-touring" Specialized won't fit them, even with skinny-for-touring 28mm tires. Short-reach brakes (about all you can find these days) also preclude fenders.
A friend of mine made a front spray guard (I'm sure he didn't invent it, but this is the first place I saw it) out of a section of a plastic bottle attached to the downtube with zip ties. Just cut the thing to fit, a foot or so long and as wide as you need it, punch some holes in it and zip it to the appropriate spot under the downtube. It works pretty well and will last a few months, until the sun gets to it.
re: Road FendersHank
Mar 12, 2001 11:22 AM
I have these. I think they are the lowest profile fenders made. They still won't work on all bikes and with all tire/brake combos. They look very cool and are very good quality - but they ain't cheap and you have to order them from England.
re: Road FendersEames
Mar 12, 2001 11:28 AM
In my experience "Rain" bike does not equal race geometry. There simply is not enough clearance under the brake calipers or near the bottom bracket. Personally I bought a "sport" geometry bike and had it customed as much as I could to maintain the racier geometry I like. It is not the same because of the clearance requirements but it is close enough.

On the other hand I've heard of people filing a frame to get enough room. I've also seen people who cut a fender in half and mounted it on either side of the brakes.

PS. When I say fender I mean a full wrap around fender. We don't consider much else here in Seattle.
zefel fendersfuzzybunnies
Mar 12, 2001 12:36 PM
I've got the same fender set on my winter beater ad to get it to fit I had to use a file and tin snips on the attachment brackets to get them to fit with no rubbing. Works fairly well and doesn't let the water by except to hit my toes when I go through the deep puddles. You also might need to trim a little of the fender for the brakes to work but it shouldn't affect the performance if you don't cut away too much. TTFN
re: Road FendersSteve Davis
Mar 13, 2001 9:00 AM
Thanks for the input. Here is what I did. I am using the Zefal 35mm, but had to rig them so they sit on top of the back brake arches. I really didn't want to start filing anything on the frame and this seems to work okay for the back. On the front, the Zefal won't fit under the brakes so I'll have to use the milk carton suggestion. Thanks for the idea.