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Old December 4th 17, 05:18 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Frank Krygowski[_4_]
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On 12/3/2017 7:56 PM, Ralph Barone wrote:
Tanguy Ortolo wrote:
Ned Mantei, 2017-12-01 14:29+0100:
The problem doesn't seem to be the back of the front fender. Instead,
it's that water is spit forward from the top of the front tire where it
exits the fender, and as this slows I ride into it.

Yes, that would make sense! Thenk you for suggesting that explanation. I
am not sure there is any other solution than wearing a rain pant then…

And if there are more than a couple of mm of rain standing on the road,
then the front tire sends a wave of water off at an angle, which on my
bike, lined up perfectly with my shoes once per revolution. Nothing short
of gumboots (with cleats, of course) would have kept my feet dry in that.

It was observing that wave of water that led me to first add a mudflap
to my front fender. I've found that if the flap is low enough and wide
enough, it deflects almost all the water. It helps greatly.

It's certainly not perfect, though. There always seem to be drops and
bits of spray that blow around the flap or the fender. I've sometimes
used toe covers - the ancient nylon fabric things that velcro in place
over toe clips - and they help a bit. But it seems that whatever I do,
rain gets me wet.

- Frank Krygowski

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