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Rec'd Fenders for Trek 2300 Carbon Road Bike ?(8 posts)

Rec'd Fenders for Trek 2300 Carbon Road Bike ?Maartin
Sep 11, 2002 6:13 AM
It is getting that time of year when rain gets cold and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a brand/model of fenders for a 60 CM Trek 2300. I know it looks odd but I commute daily rain or shine. Thanks
Can you even get fenders on that?cory
Sep 11, 2002 6:49 AM
Best fenders I've ever used are SKS, formerly Esge--silver ones with some really cool mounting hardware. I have them on two bikes (well, I have them on one and plan to put them on my singlespeed before winter).
I don't know about the 2300, though. Haven't really paid much attention, but as I recall, there's not much room between the tire and the brake arch. You might have to cobble something up with zip ties.
Maybe it is not possible ?Maartin
Sep 11, 2002 7:27 AM
Not much room so maybe it not possible. I was just wondering as rain riding would appear to be much more bearable without the spray.
If you're handy with...brider
Sep 11, 2002 7:36 AM
snips, a file, pop rivets and zip ties, you should do fine. With Softrides, stock fenders just don't work. I've never met a bike that I can't get fenders onto, with enough innovation and elbow grease.
If you're handy with...harry hall
Sep 11, 2002 8:11 AM
A last caution--if you have fenders fastened with zip ties check them very, very often. Also make sure that your tires don't have swollen or distorted areas. A fender that comes loose can be a sudden and quite powerful brake, usually just when you least expect it. Fenders monkeyfucked into a bike not made for them are potentially very, very dangerous unless they're stone, cold perfect all of the time.
re: Rec'd Fenders for Trek 2300 Carbon Road Bike ?harry hall
Sep 11, 2002 8:07 AM
It's going to be a mickey-mouse fit at the very best and always have a rubbing problem, but it can be done.
1. Use Zefal 35mm fenders, they have a rounder profile than ESGE and so they'll fit under the curved Trek brake bridge in back better.
2. The front one will have to be cut in half and separated at the fork crown.
3. You'll be restricted to 700 x 20 tires unless you want lots of rubbing.
Also, look at the Wallingford Bicycle Parts website, they sell a French-made carbon fender that's kind of expensive but looks like it might fit racing bikes better than ESGE or Zefal. It also has an ingenious hardware solution to fender attachment on bikes with recessed brake mounting bolts.
I used to work at a Trek dealer, and none of their road bikes (not like they're unique) really fit fenders worth a darn. Find some used steel road bike with eyelets and long-reach brakes, it's totally a buyers market for used road bikes and you can set up an all-weather bike that will be easier to live with.
Thanks for all the good adviceMaartin
Sep 11, 2002 11:13 AM
I guess I will suck it up and get wet. I am buying two yellow plastic rain jackets from and leave one at work. In the fall it is the cold that gets to me more than the wet and plastic should keep me the warmest if I only have a shell.
another idea...cydswipe
Sep 11, 2002 2:56 PM
If you need a rear fender, T.H.E. makes a fender that attaches to the seatpost. The fenders are designed for cross country MTB. However, it would work for a road bike with enough shims to fit the smaller diameter seatposts. They are pricey. But, if you commute and or ride as often as you posted, generally, any solution that works is best! I've had mine for a couple of years. A front/rear set actually. I like them. Lots of colors to choose from. Hope this helps out!!!!!