Why Fender Bikes

After the snow melt, it’s back to riding rain bikes in Seattle. We’re in the rainy season from now until May and these photos show why we ride with fenders and flaps.

Pink and Fendered

Those protect you, but they’re more for the people you ride with in a group. That mud, dirt, and grime all over the bike would spray up into their faces without the flaps.

Flax and Fendered

Why do we do it? Because riding in the rain cleanses the soul.

Roubaix Fendered

It also destroys your drivetrain.


Do they salt the roads in Seattle? My winter bike gets eaten alive by the salted muck. What is this crazy thing called riding with others you refer to? I am unfamiliar with it.

I can’t believe you use Race Blades.  That’s like giving your friends the finger the whole ride. ;)

Zip ties and Race Blades work fine and all that’ll fit on the Museeuw. Didn’t say anything about spraying the bro in front of you.

They only salt the main roads and that wrecks a drivetrain for sure. Always rinse the bike afterwards.

Of course a proper set of fenders wouldn’t be trashing your brakes like that, and would be nicer to your drivetrain too.

That’s correct and those are fitted on our Davidsons: [Pink](http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/5172401040/) or [Gray](http://bikehugger.com/2007/02/rode-till-it-froze.html). Big ones on the [Bettie too](http://bikehugger.com/2008/09/electric-monkeylove.html). The Flax bike has bumped my other Rain Bikes as “most favored.”

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