Where are the Fen­ders?

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - LETTERS -

When­ever you guys pub­lish an ar­ti­cle about rid­ing on gravel, I am al­ways struck by one thing. The bikes you show in the pic­tures don’t have fen­ders. What’s with you guys? You are sup­pos­edly out rid­ing for fun and you pre­fer to get where you are go­ing cov­ered in crud from ev­ery muddy sec­tion you ride through? What are you wor­ried about? The weight? Look­ing less cool? Don’t make me laugh. A cou­ple of pounds of fender won’t make one whit of dif­fer­ence in any­thing but a hard­core rac­ing sit­u­a­tion and there’s noth­ing cool about walk­ing into a store, café or friend’s house drip­ping crap that a pair of fen­ders would have kept off you. I did the Ride to Con­quer Cancer last sum­mer on a tan­dem bike and yes, we had fen­ders. And yes, it made for a much more pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence in the rain.

Peter Tin­dall Ch­ester­mere, Alta.

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