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September 26, 2022


I’ve never owned metal fenders or fenders this skinny (30mm) and it felt kind of strange installing them on a sunny warm afternoon because I’ve only ridden this bike across Iowa and on warm sunny days in Seattle. But now I'll be riding it all winter. 


choose ONE of the following:

A) large tires

 B) full fenders

       C) all of the above


on most of my bikes I'm all (C) with canti brakes and tires as big as all get out. Riding across Iowa with no fenders I was rolling 700 x 28-32ish tires...


...but today, on this bike I've answered (B)



As I was touching up my hair and pooching my lips for a selfie with these full metal fenders, my attention was drawn to the Wheelsmith sticker on the downtube. 


I’m sure I told you about this sticker in 2015 when I got the bike at BikeWorks, gently used with all its OE components.  This is a 1994 Allez sport and I’d like to think it arrived in a box at Wheelsmith in Palo Alto late in '93. Right around the time Lance and Frankie made their appearance at the shop to schmooze with the cycling fans and sign autographs, just as Ric described. 


from the '94 Specialized catalog




that was then, this is now



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As I assume you know said...

Be careful dropping off curbs with that rear fender

Posted September 26, 2022 07:27 PM | Reply to this comment

Travis said...

someday a real rain will come

Posted September 27, 2022 08:55 AM | Reply to this comment

. said...

Itís pretty amazing how you can take a fast looking bike and make it look slow. That said. You are going against the grain, swimming up river and being that kid in the corner doing his own thing-slowly.

Posted September 27, 2022 08:30 PM | Reply to this comment

gravel bike cargo cult said...

fenders only 30mm wide? OMG

Posted September 28, 2022 06:47 PM | Reply to this comment

do these fenders make my butt look big said...

pilder... I can make any bike look slow just by sitting on it.

Posted September 29, 2022 05:36 AM | Reply to this comment

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