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Old 10-03-16, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
You're joking right, John? Even with a heavy investment of time and materials, there is no way to produce a mudguard with complete coverage like SKS Longboards for $50. The engineering would take hours, scrounding for materials, days. Developing a fastener for the metal stays...why even think it?
Do you guys distinquish between fenders and mudguards in the same way?
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Handlebar tassels.
Tassels for the ladies; dice for the Real Men!
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Bottle and cage. If I forget to grab my water, I realize pretty quickly how vital it is. Fortunately, I live in the middle of 5,000 square mile or so of suburban sprawl, so there is always someplace close by to buy bottled water, gatorade, whatever 24/7/365.
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Old 10-03-16, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
Do you guys distinquish between fenders and mudguards in the same way?
I was talking about a mudguard. he mentioned mudguard about his wife but his $50 ones are fenders.
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Originally Posted by Jean3n16 View Post
I was talking about a mudguard. he mentioned mudguard about his wife but his $50 ones are fenders.
I noticed before that some people here call fenders mudguards.
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Old 10-03-16, 09:30 AM
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Air Zzhounds air horn. Thing has saved my life twice...makes cars stop on a dime (looking for the big truck) before they either back into you or turn and hit you. Worth every penny.
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Old 10-03-16, 09:32 AM
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Fenders=Mudguards in the UK. I've always thought they were the same. What's a USA mudguard look like? Is that similar to the clip on fenders for MTB that protect the fork crown and suspension from mud?

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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
Air Zzhounds air horn. Thing has saved my life twice...makes cars stop on a dime (looking for the big truck) before they either back into you or turn and hit you. Worth every penny.
There was a guy yesterday I could have blown the horn at.. I might get one some day! They yell something silly at you and you can honk the horn saying " im sorry, i cant hear your stupidity ".
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Old 10-03-16, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
Fenders=Mudguards in the UK. I've always thought they were the same. What's a USA mudguard look like? Is that similar to the clip on fenders for MTB that protect the fork crown and suspension from mud?

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to me: Fender goes over the whole top of the wheel. ( or on the side of old vintage cars). A mud flap is a flap of material near the back of the tire that keeps mud away. ( like on big semi trucks).
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Old 10-03-16, 09:47 AM
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Ok bringing cars and trucks is just making it more confusing.

Fenders/Mudguards are the same thing.

Mudflaps are what you're talking about. Easy to make from a milk jug although most plastic fenders come with them pre-installed.
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Old 10-03-16, 09:49 AM
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I understand the confusion now...

...when I say mudguard, I really mean full length fender. I like the front fender to reach from well before the fork crown all the way down to the ground in the back of the front wheel. That way, spray on my feet is minimized somewhat. On the rear fender, I like to go back as low as practical, to limit spray on the person behind me.


Sorry for the confusion, @jean316 and others.
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Old 10-03-16, 10:44 AM
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Underrated and essential.

The banana holder, no one likes a sweaty banana.
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Old 10-03-16, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Yendor72 View Post
Underrated and essential.

The banana holder, no one likes a sweaty banana.
Sweaty bananas? Indeed, no. That's why there are banana hammocks also.
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A basic cycle computer, especially useful for navigating in unfamiliar areas.

And yes, mudguards/fenders/whatever they are called.
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Old 10-03-16, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CompleteStreets View Post
I have two.

1. Baskets, or in my case a waterproof box called the Donkey Boxx. Having the Donkey Boxx has completely changed bicycling for me. It's large enough for me to hold my bulky waterproof backpack (for years I wore my backpack on my back). Additionally, the Donkey Boxx is always there for me for impromptu shopping at grocery stores, etc. Finally, it's waterproof. If it's raining outside I put my helmet in the box and it stays completely dry. Sadly, it appears that the Donkey Boxx is no longer made. If anyone knows where I can get another one, please let me know.

2. Full chain cases. This only applies to internal gear hub (IGH) bikes, but full chain cases are nothing short of a miracle accessory. My bike spends most of its life outdoors, exposed to the rain, and I do a lot of biking in the rain. Having the full chain case, no gunk gets on my chain. After 8,000+ miles of riding I'm still using the original chain (still hasn't stretched hardly at all!). The sprockets remain in great condition, and get this ... I've only lubed the chain three or four times in two years. And I haven't made a single adjustment to the gears or anything. I do plan to have the hubs overhauled soon though. Riding an IGH bike doesn't compare to derailleur bikes when it comes to speed or climbing up hills, but they require even less maintenance than single speed bikes. If someone can figure out a way to fully encase a derailleur drive train, bike maintenance will be drastically reduced for the masses.

Can't help you with the Donkeybox but there is a similar plastic pannier made by Koki, the Hobo:

KoKi HOBO bicycle bag | Decide2Ride

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Old 10-03-16, 01:18 PM
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^^^^ Donkey box? Just use a kitty litter bucket for a pannier.
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Underrated? You all missed the mark. Coffee and bacon. / thread.
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What kind of mirrors do you guys use? Helmet mounted or bike mounted?
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Yeah, fenders. True, I don't use them on half my bikes in the summer but riding is more civilized when they go back on. Wet or no, my clothes stay a lot cleaner when they are on. (It is easy to see just looking at the water in the washer mid-suds cycle. The winter washes are much cleaner than the summer ones.)

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+1 for Mirror (I'm partial to the Take-A-Look glasses-mounted one) as the #1 underrated cycling accessory.

Fenders are pretty great, too, but the mirror is a game changer. IMO bells, mudflaps, chaincases, power meters, and baskets get about as much credit as they deserve already.
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Old 10-04-16, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
^^^^ Donkey box? Just use a kitty litter bucket for a pannier.
I wanted to go that route, but a kitty litter box is notably smaller. It's not big enough to hold my backpack.
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Originally Posted by ShortLegCyclist View Post
Can't help you with the Donkeybox but there is a similar plastic pannier made by Koki, the Hobo:

KoKi HOBO bicycle bag | Decide2Ride

https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=...6439596861&f=1
Thanks, but that looks pretty small. I doubt I'd be able to fit a loaded backpack in there, especially my bulky waterproof one. Also, I like that the donkey boxx is permanently affixed to my rack. I never have to remove it, and it's always there in case I need it.
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