Are SKS race blades still the best option?
The last few winters I have had frames that would take bolted on mud guards.The times that I converted race bikes with less clearance ,I just chopped up proper mud guards and made them fit with P-clips.This was mostly for the benefit of winter chain gangs ,where shonky guards can be a pain in the eye . 😉Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Raceblade Longs are vastly superior. They don’t touch or scratch the frame, don’t move, don’t rub, can be removed in the time it takes to remove and replace two QR skewers. I’ve ordered 30 pairs for our club.
I have both and have also broken a set of Cruds. I also have Chromoplastics on my commuting road bike and the Longs are almost as good and much more practical if you want to remove them.Posted 4 years agobrassneckSubscriber
One potential issue with the Race Blades is at the rear, where you can find it diverts a lot of grime on to your rear brake. This is OK if you look after your bike well, but if you don’t, it’s basically a maintenance nightmare waiting to happen!
And the demise of my rear brake is thus explained. D’oh.Posted 4 years agothelonebikerMember
I use raceblade logs on my road bike. The have been pretty good, fit well and are still in one piece. The only issue, as someone mentioned, is the exposed brakes. If you are happy with that then stick to what you know.
I heard that the cruds rub on the tyres but not sure if that’s the case.Posted 4 years agoVortexracingSubscriber
these seem good but are expensive
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Posted 4 years ago
Those PDW look nice but I’ve ordered a pair of SKS longs now.
Didn’t really rate the raceblades – performed ok but fell apart after a year’s commuting and needed quite a bit of adjustment week to week.
My other race blades have lasted at least 5 years of commuting and for the last 2 I’ve not taken them off. The only reason I’m getting a new pair is because I’m a lazy sod and didn’t put the screws in the rear guard and it removed itself going down Piccadilly this morning.
I found using cable ties on the rear instead of the rubber straps worked much better especially on my skinny seat stays.
If anyone needs the rear mounting bracket and a front guard it’s yours if you cover the postage. If you’re in London then I’d gladly meet you and hand them over.Posted 4 years ago
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