It is with a heavy heart that I mount my new fenders on the Lapierre Audacio wonderbike. The Crud Roadracer MK2 Fenders might be light, the might be slim. But they are fenders. They spoil the looks of the bike, they spoil the whole idea of the bike as the utterly simple yet ingenious construction it is. Fenders make the bike complicated, adds sources of undesirable noise and malfunction. Washing gets harder, as will fixing a flat tyre.
But summer has passed and we are moving rapidly into the windy, wet fall. And although I can cope with water spraying my butt and legs while loop biking – starting and ending at home – I just hate it when commuting to my city office. Hence the fenders.
As I stated, I got a pair of rather slim looking ones. They are indeed flimsy and they were a nightmare to mount (not really, but fiddly enough). I have tried them riding an hour or so in rain. They work. They´re no fun, but they work.
Will come back with something resembling a review when I have more experience from them.
Lot´s of pieces in the box indeed. Not all parts are used though, but they are still quite fiddly to get together.
Flimsy as it is, it showed quite hard if not impossible to mount the fenders straight …
Zipties have many uses …
The o-ring magic happens many places.