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NorwegianBlueNorwegianBlue Posts: 484
edited September 2008 in Commuting chat
So I decided to do some commuting on my road bike. I checked out the clearances for guards and there was acres of room. I ordered a set of guards and a set of more commute friendly tyres. The tyres arrived and I fitted them, then on saturday the guards came. Late last night I rolled the bike out, whipped out the rear wheel and bolted on the guard. Then I refitted the wheel only to find the tyre fouling the guard. The only way I could get the tyre to clear was with the guard so far up that it fouled the brake.

I stood staring at the bike for five minues before it clicked. The original tyres were 23mm and the new tyres are 28mm. D'oh!

So I either go back to 23mm tyres and retain guards. Keep the 28mm tyres and fork out for raceblades. Or try commuting in the lovely British autumn without guards.
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  • I think the only solution is to buy a new bike.
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  • LittigatorLittigator Posts: 1,262
    Raceblades are the way forward, they clip on in seconds and you can remove them anytime you want.

    Why bother bolting stuff on?
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  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...if you are riding on your own Raceblades are fine, but in a group you will spray the rider behind you...
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • Mog UkMog Uk Posts: 964
    Littigator wrote:

    Why bother bolting stuff on?

    SKS Chromoplastic guards are the only option when it comes to mudguards. Raceguards are a waste of time IMO, flimsy, poor fitting and don't offer brilliant protection, yes they're better than nothing but compared to full guards there is no competition.

    For what it's worth I commute year round on 23mm tyres with no problems at all.
  • Mog Uk wrote:
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    For what it's worth I commute year round on 23mm tyres with no problems at all.

    What tyres do you use? I'd need something that's cheapish and includes reasonable puncture protection. People do have a habbit of recommending tyres that cost more than my bike.
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  • Mog UkMog Uk Posts: 964
    Michelin Krylion Carbons

    Not the easiest of tyres to get at the moment, although Decathlon are currently selling them at 2 for £30
  • Mog Uk wrote:
    Littigator wrote:

    Why bother bolting stuff on?

    SKS Chromoplastic guards are the only option when it comes to mudguards. Raceguards are a waste of time IMO, flimsy, poor fitting and don't offer brilliant protection, yes they're better than nothing but compared to full guards there is no competition.

    For what it's worth I commute year round on 23mm tyres with no problems at all.

    yeah -I've just got a set of race blades and they aren't great. I might get a full set of chromos myself now. :cry:
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    Mog Uk wrote:
    Michelin Krylion Carbons

    Not the easiest of tyres to get at the moment, although Decathlon are currently selling them at 2 for £30

    +1 for MKCs. Is the shortage down to Michelin making the Pro3s or something? I couldn't find any, so have been riding on Gator Skins for most of this year.
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  • doog442doog442 Posts: 370
    Ive just made a similar mistake. Ive got a tricross with 32mm tyres and ordered SKS P35 mudguards. Well the P35's only take up to 28mm.......so now have an excuse to buy some skinny tyres for the road...

    (and the wife fell for it :wink: )

    cant decide on 25 or 28's -
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    Littigator wrote:
    Raceblades are the way forward, they clip on in seconds and you can remove them anytime you want.

    Why bother bolting stuff on?

    I tried raceblades...the front I ended up strapping on with cables ties to stop it from moving, and they were not very effective in stopping spray coming off the front wheel from going forward then blowing back.

    The rear one was the reverse, allowing spray to the back of the legs, and in the end snapped off short anyway as the stays allow too much bounce in the tail for our local roads.

    I'd suggest getting prooper SKS guards if you bike can fix them, or as the man said a new bike! Maybe an Audax bike would be more suited, it would come I would expect with guards and with fixing points for them if not, something like the Dawes Audax is quite nice to ride.
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  • doog442 wrote:
    Ive just made a similar mistake. Ive got a tricross with 32mm tyres and ordered SKS P35 mudguards. Well the P35's only take up to 28mm.......so now have an excuse to buy some skinny tyres for the road...

    (and the wife fell for it :wink: )

    cant decide on 25 or 28's -

    Well I've got a pair of new Michelin Dynamics in a 28mm going spare...
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