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    There are a couple of great threads on fenders.

    Thread 1 (debating the issue of VO not having a quick release)

    Thread 2 (with Dirt's pro methods for how to install VOs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    The release clips aren't there to break free if a stick gets stuck in your spokes or something--the front fork isn't going anywhere, so you're in trouble if that happens whether you have fenders or not. The idea is that if something causes the fender to catch on the wheel and fold under itself, the mount will detach rather than keeping the fender against the tire and sucking it further in. This is something that can happen with plastic fenders (I've actually seen it) but metal fenders tend to be less bendy and don't need that feature.
    I am reasonably certain that the breakaway feature on the SKS have saved my butt twice--once at pretty high speed. My front fender ended up destroyed in that case, too. I do not know what would have happened if I had had a non-detachable metal fender, but I am pretty certain it would have stopped my front wheel cold and I would have done a spectacular and injurious endo at about 25 mph. I am very pleased I am alive and well to talk about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    I am reasonably certain that the breakaway feature on the SKS have saved my butt twice--once at pretty high speed. My front fender ended up destroyed in that case, too. I do not know what would have happened if I had had a non-detachable metal fender, but I am pretty certain it would have stopped my front wheel cold and I would have done a spectacular and injurious endo at about 25 mph. I am very pleased I am alive and well to talk about it.
    I will *testify* to the value of a breakaway mount. Currently on the Olde Trek are SKS Commuter fenders, with breakaway release up front. 25 or so years ago, during my Bicycle Exchange days, the fender setup was a plastic set by Zefal, no breakaway. On that day, running Specialized Tri Cross 27x1 3/8 tires ( a cross tire before its time). I was almost all the way to the Wheeler Ave warehouse, traversing a dirt cut-through, when the lugs of the tire found a way to snag the fender stay. Wheel locked, and I went face-first into the ground with impressive suddenness. On hands and knees, 5 second killer headache and seeing stars, and was greeted by the cutest first responder ever, a neighbor's Yorkie. Lick lick... Picked myself up, reinserted lens into glasses, walked bike and I rest of the way to work. Helmet did its job. Rather amazingly, I proceeded to do my workday, delivering bikes as far south as Fredericksburg. I really truly wasn't all there- it was a really weird twilight zone. Welcome to the world of a concussion. Did it. Somehow. Jim Helwig was nice enough to drive me home that evening.

    Of note, the stainless steel fenders from VeloOrange and others are quite stiff to begin with. Much less chance of lateral wobble/bouncing. Also many will loop the fender stay around the outside of the fender (a pic of Das Kettler is attached). Click image for larger version. 

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    A branch, or a frame pump (which cycling movie are you thinking of?), inserted through the wheel... you'll be in big trouble anyway. But the risks of something bad happening are greatly reduced.
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    Fenders...
    Not only do they make you look like a complete dork, but they can potentially kill you. Who would have thought that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnknownCyclist View Post
    Fenders...
    Not only do they make you look like a complete dork
    Dont worry, only fair-weather cyclists would think that.

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    I have some pretty sturdy velo orange fenders installed on one bike and I've been wondering if there's some after market breakaway connectors I could add.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jen_stoly View Post
    I have some pretty sturdy velo orange fenders installed on one bike and I've been wondering if there's some after market breakaway connectors I could add.


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    I was wondering the same. I haven't tried this, but some folks have claimed to use the Portland Design Works safety tabs with VO fenders (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!to...ob/d9Ftwqg8kZQ ).

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