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Old 10-05-11, 10:06 PM
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You know you're a commuter if....

....all you want to talk about are your new full fenders, even to non bikers. Thankfully I keep catching myself before I actually start talking. Still, it's pretty much all I've been thinking about , and today I got to ride home in the rain. It was fun. And, yes, I rode through the puddles on purpose, risking a bump or two just to show off how awesome my fenders are.

How has being a commuter singled you out from the crowd?
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Old 10-05-11, 10:27 PM
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Hi I just joined this forum and funny you should ask about fenders. I just got mine yesterday while it was raining all day and so I put them on. They look great, I have a Trek Wahoo 29er and I got Cascadia full Fenders 65mm wide and they rap around nicely. Although, I haven't used them yet since I've been under the weather for a couple of days although I can't wait to get out there and ride.
Plus, it was a good time to compare the size of the wheel against a 26" cruiser I also own and wow I didn't realize how much of a difference there is between them. You really can't tell until you actually see them next to one another.

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Old 10-05-11, 10:33 PM
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I made my own fenders out of some scrap aluminum this past weekend, just in time.
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Old 10-05-11, 11:21 PM
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Very good. Thanks for the link!
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Originally Posted by clawhammer72 View Post
and today I got to ride home in the rain. It was fun. And, yes, I rode through the puddles on purpose, risking a bump or two just to show off how awesome my fenders are.
' glad I'm not alone.
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Old 10-05-11, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by clawhammer72 View Post

I made my own fenders out of some scrap aluminum this past weekend, just in time.
Nice job!
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Old 10-05-11, 11:43 PM
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Nice fenders and that aluminum looks pretty thick for fenders...but I'm sure they fit the job and do it nicely. Good job!
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Thanks! Yes they are thick, but they were also free. I spent the extra dough on a sweet showerspass jacket. ; )
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I know because I log my miles daily and rarely ever forget to do so. I suppose it's for my own sense of accomplishment/fulfilment over anything else. I'm also the dude who used to keep a spreadsheet for gas mileage in my truck until it started to sit parked a lot more often.
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You know you're a [bike] commuter if....
You commute by bike on a regular or semi-regular basis.
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Originally Posted by clawhammer72 View Post
....all you want to talk about are your new full fenders, even to non bikers. Thankfully I keep catching myself before I actually start talking. Still, it's pretty much all I've been thinking about , and today I got to ride home in the rain. It was fun. And, yes, I rode through the puddles on purpose, risking a bump or two just to show off how awesome my fenders are.

How has being a commuter singled you out from the crowd?
LOL, Just ordered some SKS Longblades. Let me tell you about how .....
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You feel that work and life are the annoying hours where you do seemingly unimportant things between the times you get to ride your bike.
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You wish your commute was longer....mine's only three miles. I guess I could always ride a longer route. Anyone do that?
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If you know that work is the 8 hours between bike rides... you may be a commuter.
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I have to check if I still have my fenders from my Seattle days. I used to swap them on and off my old Austro Daimler, until that bike was stolen. The fenders were off it at the time. Since then (30 years ago at this point), I never had a bike that I would ride in the rain unless caught in it. I do remember seeing them in my Brooklyn basement, wing nuts still attached a few years ago but we've gone through a few cleanings.

Now that I occasionally commute it wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by clawhammer72 View Post
You wish your commute was longer....mine's only three miles. I guess I could always ride a longer route. Anyone do that?
All the time. 4.5 mile ride to work. Quite often a 8 mile ride home. I ride two miles out of the way to hit a local park then ride the two miles back through the park to get home. Just to add time/distance to my ride. I work for a 911 call center and its nice to have that time to unwind some days
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If you feel like you're slowly forgetting how to walk.
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If you feel like you're slowly forgetting how to walk.
What is this "walking" you speak of ?

Was going from the house to the shop today which is 32 steps from the back door but since I was taking the long way from the front rode my bike instead.

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You wish your commute was longer....mine's only three miles. I guess I could always ride a longer route. Anyone do that?
Have been spending more time on the mountain bikes of late and when I ride to the co-op I can go through some of the most beautiful areas in the city and ride the trails and single track as long as I don't get too crazy.

Was thinking that before I fragged my back this was a nearly daily ritual that turned my 13km commute into a 25 km commute (one way) as I would loop through the valley and could also ride the road bike as there are nice paved routes as well and would often ride a little further.
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What is this "walking" you speak of ?

Was going from the house to the shop today which is 32 steps from the back door but since I was taking the long way from the front rode my bike instead.

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OP, I just put fenders on my 29er (not full, unfortunately, but my first pair, nevertheless), and it was AWESOME!!!! I rode in just about every puddle I could find, and so enjoyed not having to spit out mud continually.

Mmmmmm, I could love riding in the rain (as long as it's not cold rain, of course)
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Originally Posted by mgw189 View Post
All the time. 4.5 mile ride to work. Quite often a 8 mile ride home. I ride two miles out of the way to hit a local park then ride the two miles back through the park to get home. Just to add time/distance to my ride. I work for a 911 call center and its nice to have that time to unwind some days
All the time. I had detours that would add 4, 10 or 21 miles to my 3.8 mile direct route. I'd arrive at work and someone in the elevator might comment on the get-up: "Oh, did you ride your bike to work today? How long does it take you?"

I'd say: "Oh, about 90 minutes."

Puzzled look. "I thought you lived in town."

"I do. Where does it say I have to take the most direct route to work?"
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