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Road Bike Fenders

Being located in beautiful Portland, Oregon, we have plenty of experience mounting fenders to all types of bikes. Whether they are clip on fenders for winter training or full fenders for daily commuting, we can get fenders on it.

Fitting fenders can be difficult on modern road bikes due to narrow tire clearances, non-standard tube sizes and aerodynamic shapes. Fortunately, fender manufacturers have caught up with frame designers and we are seeing more fenders intended for modern carbon fiber frames.

Fender Types

  • Clip-On - Offers the most convenience, but least amount of protection. Clip-on fenders, like the SKS SKS X-tra Dry, are great for keeping the rooster tail off your back. We love them for race bikes, just enough protection, minimal aerodynamic penalty.
  • Quick Release - These fenders mount to frames using rubber straps, mounting to the fork and seatstays. They offer front and rear protection, but only behind the brakes, so tire spray can still be an issue. Quick release fenders are very lightweight and offer almost as much coverage as full fenders.
  • Full Fenders - Full fenders offer the most coverage, preventing spray from any angle part of the tire. Full fenders are also the most durable fender set up, which makes them very popular with commuters. Hard core racers often have full fenders permanently installed on their rain bikes. Installation is a small project.

Our Favorites

The SKS SKS X-tra Dry is probably the single most popular product among our employees. Everyone has at least 1.

Crud Catcher Road Racer is the first fender set we've seen designed exclusively for modern race bikes. Set up is a breeze and the system is sturdy, yet very light weight. Designed to be used with 700x23 tires.

Planet Bike Cascadia fenders are full fenders done Northwest style! Full coverage, with long 'buddy flaps' that further increase protection. Plenty of clearance for wide tires.


Installation ranges in difficulty depending on your choice of bike and fenders. All fenders come with installation instructions. Installation typically requires few tools, usually just a screwdriver and a small wrench. We use zip ties to secure loose ends and electric tape to protect frames from clamps.

Full fenders typically require fender mounts, which many road bikes don't have. Rack Clamps will solve this problem quickly and easily. Fenders can be mounted on anything that clamp can get around.

For help fitting your road bike with fenders, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail sales@biketiresdirect.

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