I’ve been a happy owner of the SKS Raceblade Fenders on my road bicycle for several years now.
They mount easily, adjust easily, stay in place, and they keep shmutz from collecting on my bike, my components, and my backside. Fenders keep backpacks dry and protect your tail lights from the worst of the rain. In the Twitter discussion this morning, a couple of people reminded me that they’re helpful for those following, too.
@cyclelicious …not to mention those of the rider behind you.
— Adam Pollock (@adamdoesit) January 6, 2016
@cyclelicious and the people riding behind you
— Sonnenorden (@mikesonn) January 6, 2016
Unfortunately, now that the rain has started in earnest for my part of California, I can’t find them. I’ve avoided buying a replacement set because a corollary to Murphy’s Law guarantees I’ll find my old fenders as soon as I mount a new set.
It’s time to bite the bullet, however. I’m looking at Planet Bike’s SpeedEZ Road Fenders, which seems mostly equivalent to the SKS fenders, and for about ten dollars less. Like the SKS Raceblades, they can mount on bikes like mine that lack fender mounting eyelets on the stays and front fork.
I’m mostly pleased with Planet Bike’s other products, which consistently are a good value for the money. Is this true for these Road Fenders too? The only thing I see missing are mounting holes for mudflaps. I think these are moderately important, but it should be easy enough to drill the hole. I’m undecided if this slight effort is worth the 20% savings over the SKS fenders. You can see in the photo of my bike that I don’t exactly keep the mudguards in place, anyway.