Does my bike need fenders on triathlon

If you want to be comfortable on bike, fenders will help you in this matter, otherwise it is not mandatory to install fenders. It’s just another layer of material between your body and the water. You may be more comfortable with it. Some people are against fenders because they can increase air resistance, maybe by a few watts at high speed, though that is only an estimate.

So, if you’re wondering whether your aerodynamic advantage is worth 3 or 4 seconds per mile over someone riding behind you on a windy day… it probably. If you ride in a pack, you don’t have to worry so much about this.

Also, if you’re riding in a group and the person behind you starts to get blown away but your fenders keep your back wheel planted… they weren’t such a bad investment. This may be unlikely though. There are probably some other issues that may be considered with using fenders on triathlons that someone can point out.

But really, it’s just personal preference and comfort level. A lot of people don’t like them for one reason or another and feel fine without them and others prefer them when conditions are less than ideal.

One of our fellows had to get used to riding with his new bike, and according to him

“It felt funnier than usual and once someone told me that was the difference between road bikes and typical hybrid bike, where you sit on typical hybrid bikes is more towards the front which makes turns easier but when you go faster than usual your thighs touch the metal thingy in front of seat so now imagine yourself doing three times faster. And this one time I almost went over the handlebars because of no fenders so ever since I started using fenders I felt more in control with my riding”.

You don’t have to use it if you’re not comfortable with that, but I think it’s good practice since most of the roads are wet around here due to water spilled during floods or just nearby river nearby. It’s also good for your gear, when they get wet, you’ll see rust on them after a while. But hey, whatever floats your boat!

Will fenders affect the performance of my bike on triathlon

Fenders do not cause any significant drag or loss in efficiency.

Some riders will even report that their bike “rides smoother” with fenders installed because they reduce the banging of water bottles and other things on the frame.

However, if you’re a roadie who spends a lot of time riding in wet conditions where you might be sliding around a bit on your saddle, then your body may be dampened by the back wheel spray from your fender.

In these cases, it is important to ensure that the distance between your tire and seat post clamp does not allow too much back wheel spray to get to you during normal pedalling motion.

In some cases, it may help to a flexible aerobar extender between your seat post and stem to give you a little more space.

Many manufacturers are now making fender systems for road bikes that have “stops” which prevent the fender from being installed too far back on the bike so this issue can be avoided entirely.

Keep in mind that there are some circumstances when fenders can impact performance significantly however…if you plan to race off-road events with them installed you will probably be at a disadvantage against riders who don’t have them as they will not be dragging mud and other debris off their tires as you are.

In this case, it’s time to break out the crocks or knobby tires and take out your fenders!

Do fenders really prevent the tires

Fenders prevent water from being thrown up by the tires so often that tires need replacing less often than when riding without them! The bottom line: If you want your tires to last longer, get fenders

One of the most basic pieces of equipment on any bike is a set of fenders, yet there are surprisingly many options available for riders looking to keep dry while riding. No matter how good your panniers, backpack or messenger bag is at keeping your change of clothes and laptop dry, if you’re drenched on the outside from head to toe it’s not going to be much help.

The first thing most people automatically think about when they think bike fenders is their length – do I want full coverage or a short set that won’t protect my feet? Fenders may come as full coverage (longer) versions as well as shorter options such as the Planet Bike “Shorties”, which provide more than adequate protection for most riders.

Many European cities require fenders on bikes to keep bike lanes clear of accumulated muck and grime, so part of what makes them popular there is the ability to avoid a fine. Another consideration is material – do I want aluminum, plastic or steel fenders? Aluminum and plastic will be lighter than the steel versions, but sometimes heavier duty hardware may be required for rough roads where there’s a higher chance of them being bent up or broken.

The last thing that needs to be considered is width – you’ll see many widths from extremely wide cruiser types that provide full coverage to protect pants from getting caught up in the wheel, right down to super-narrow SKS “Race Blade” fenders which are designed more for racing bikes with very skinny tires and rims. Taking all this into consideration when looking at fender options will help determine what best suits your riding style and environmental conditions.