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With MTA strike threatening - advice on fenders needed.(10 posts)

With MTA strike threatening - advice on fenders
Dec 11, 2002 9:46 AM
If the NYC MTA workers decide to strike, I may have to pedal to work (never commuted on bike before), so hence, a few questions:

1. I have a strong suspicion that without fenders I'll be dirty as a pig, by the time I get from Sheepshead Bay to Chelsea. Do you always use fenders? How effective are they?
2. If they are essential for a cleaner commute, which ones would be best for a Sora-equipped road bike with 700x23 tires?

Thanks for your help!
try this linkMJ
Dec 11, 2002 9:53 AM
fendersAndy M-S
Dec 11, 2002 10:01 AM
1. My rain bike has them. Very effective, but a rain jacket/rain pants will help if it's really coming down. If it's cold and slushy, nylon rain pants are a very good thing.

2. If it's a modern bike with very little clearance, things can be dicey. I have a Bridgestone RB2 with modern geometry and I can JUST fit fenders without the tires rubbing. I'd highly recommend Planet Bike Freddy Fenders, the "Road Hardcore" model.
If you go to an LBS you'll probably find SKS fenders which is .chopper
Dec 11, 2002 10:08 AM
what I have on my bike. They're pretty easy to install and I got them for $25, however, the screws they give you to mount them on the eyelets suck, they are way too long so either have them give you new screws or buy at least 10 washers. If you don't have eyelets for fender mounting you might not want these.
If you go to an LBS you'll probably find SKS fenders which is .B2
Dec 11, 2002 12:18 PM
I too have the SKS and really like the way the stays attach to the fenders. The SKS fender itself says Zefal on the back. I'm not sure what the scoop is with that, but Zefal makes another fender that has a terrible detail for attaching the stays and fenders. They call it a "Speed Clip". Unless you want fenders getting knocked around and rubbing on your tires, stay away from the version with the speed clips (see photo).

Bike model?LC
Dec 11, 2002 10:37 AM
It really depends on the model of bike your using, along with the tire size. The best are full fenders that go all around the wheels and almost touch the ground near your feet on both wheels to keep your feet and drive train from getting sprayed. The modern fenders are so light you hardly notice them so most commuters around here in the Pacific NW leave them on all year. Even on a dry day I am surprised how much dirt they deflect away from you and your bike.

Take your bike to a good shop and see what they can do for you as there are many tricks to make them fit. Fenders are actually required on training rides by most race teams around here and I have seen all kinds of different ways to put on fenders. I should get a picture of all the bikes on a ride one day with all the different fenders. Some of the best fenders (or a least the most creative) are actually home made.
re: With MTA strike threatening - advice on fenders needed.brider
Dec 11, 2002 10:47 AM
If you're handy with shears and pop rivets, you can make fenders work on ANY bike. I've got Softrides, and we'll just say that stock fenders just don't cut it. One thing that is common amoungst ALL bikes is that the front fender won't do the job for your feet. You need to add flaps. The wider the better. I have used combinations of duct tape and thin plastic added to the end and it's worked great. If you're just talking commuting and dnot group riding, then the rear flap isn't a necessity. If you don't have eyelets, then you'll want wire/pipe clamps (there are plastic and when closed for a "P"). Try to match the clamp size as close as possible to the tube size.
There wont be a strike. Union power these days is impotent.onespeed
Dec 11, 2002 11:05 AM
Fenders = essentialmass_biker
Dec 11, 2002 11:50 AM
They work great. The Planet Bike Freddy Fenders are really no-nonsense (essentially pre-assembled) and have little mudflaps to boot (although these fall off after a few seasons so a home-grown solution - a la milk jugs - would be required down the road). Got these on my Surly and they are champs. The SKS full coverage ones are really, really slick too. I have them on my fixed gear and not only do they work great, but they look sharp too. A little more finicky to assemble.

Clearance is the real issue. Assuming you are running 23s, the narrowish fenders are the ones you want. You might have to eschew the mounting hardware (for stays etc.) for zipties.

Full fenders are the best option, and really do a great job keeping you fairly dry. If you cannot get full fenders on your bike, clip-ons (for the downtube and the seatpost) are better than nothing.

Plastic clip-ons from the LBS ...Humma Hah
Dec 11, 2002 12:22 PM
I'm using a set of black plastic fenders, really flexy stuff, from the LBS, which are turning out to be durable and effective. I forget the brand, but they clip to the seat tube and connect to the brake mounts with a wing nut.