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What are the holes in the mudguard for?

All was said already, those holes are for so called coat protector (those prevent your coat or trench being caught by the revolving wheel). What was not done is placing a picture of one, and one ...
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What are the holes in the mudguard for?

The holes are for attaching a skirt guard, a net of cord to keep skirts or long coats from being caught up in the spokes of the rear wheel.
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

In e.g. the Netherlands the majority of the bikes are equipped with fenders and lighting. These bikes are used for everyday transportation. Only Road bikes and all-terrain-bikes are seen without. If ...
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

High-end "road bikes" are essentially racing bicycles, and in many countries it's fashionable for riders to dress like riders in the UCI World Tour. The fashion extends to the bicycles as ...
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Rear fender angle

The spray will come off at a tangent to the wheel. If you're trying to prevent your back getting wet, putting the short fender to the rearmost position is the best but your legs will still get spray. ...
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"Racing bikes" with fenders and a rack

The problem with nostagia is the n+1 rule. Bikes manufacturers have been on a never ending quest to make bikes more and more task specific. This means most "racing" bikes are not well suited to ...
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

For recreational riding, they are often seen as unnecessary weight that can be saved without paying more for lighter parts. A typical recreational rider would simply avoid riding in a rain. And if not,...
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Fender size: is too wide a problem?

That's not a problem if you are able to fit your fender onto your frame. The only downside that I can see is that it will slightly increase your air resistance. However, never forget that the biggest ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

They're for full fenders. Many disc road and fitness/urban/hybrid bikes now have them here in order to completely avoid strut interference with the brake. To install the fenders neatly I've been ...
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What are these mounts for on inside edge of carbon fiber fork?

Tommaso here. We put them on the fork so riders can install fenders for off road and other adverse weather situations. Hope you enjoy the new Sterrata!
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

A different way to see things is that fenders are usually considered aftermarket equipment. They are not critical for the bicycle to operate safely, after all. The same could be said of lights, of ...
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Has anyone ridden fenders in a Grand Tour?

Yes, for smaller ones. No, for full mudguards. Tour de France Here's Team Katusha using them on the ‘Paris Roubaix stage’ of the Tour de France in 2014, according to Stickybottle: While mudguards are ...
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What's the name of the piece that holds the fender on (pic attached)

A while ago I bought fenders from Velo Orangeno affiliation and on the product page of their fenders they write: Hardware kit includes: 5mm polished aluminum stays, R-clips and screws, L bracket... ...
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Attaching rear fenders to a bike without eyelets

Options Use rack mounting eyelet (with longer bolt if required). This is usually considered acceptable but not always ideal. Stabilise rear mudguard to rack instead of using mudguard stays Use P-...
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Anyone tried to brush mud/snow in rear-wheel while on ride?

I prefer not using anything in the snow to block the snow. You risk the snow packing in the snow blocker (e.g. fenders) and freezing, which can be dangerous. A brush against the tire (depending on the ...
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How to release Planet Bike fender safety release tabs

The only purpose of the tabs is to be the weakest link in the chain so that, if something gets stuck between the wheel and the fender, the tabs will break, allowing the fender to come loose. If you ...
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

There are a number of reasons: Many, especially high-priced bicycles are used as good-weather-and-good-road-cycles, only. They don't need fenders. Fenders are a cost factor to the manufacturer. ...
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Why are fenders/mudguards undervalued so much?

They have been included in many times and places and for many bike genres. I think the answer to your question plays out culturally and economically a little differently around the world. I will speak ...
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Full coverage fenders without chainstay bridge?

Totally ! You need the front of the rear mudguard to be at or below the chainstays. I've 3d-printed a part for this purpose and it worked fine for over a year so far. Your seat tube is a good ...
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Not enough gap between the rear fender and rack eyelets

Sounds right - many bikes have two eyelets at the back but yours has one. Fitting fenders/carriers/racks is always an exercise in creativity. Perhaps trimming a little with a hand-file will give you ...
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How to re-shape a bent steel fender

Generally you'd take the fender off a bike, put it on an anvil, find the right place on the horn of the anvil that matches the radius of the curve, and bang out the ding. Then you'd buff out any ...
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Mudguard bracket clearance

Easiest approach is simply to bend the top in a vice to get it to clear the head set:
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Chainguard vs front mudguard to protect the chain from spray

Chainguard is not there to protect chain from dirt spray from tires, unless it is a completely enclosed chainguard (which is not feasible on derailleur bicycles). A chainguard is there to protect your ...
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Chainguard vs front mudguard to protect the chain from spray

The rear fender will act mostly to keep spray off of you, as opposed to the drivetrain; the spray hitting the bottom bracket and chainrings will be coming off the front wheel. I would argue that it'...
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Marin's weird fender bolt hole direction

Already mentioned in a comment, but in my opinion worth an answer: The fender is installed by drilling or punching a hole through the fender and putting a screw through the fender and the hole in ...
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Full coverage fenders without chainstay bridge?

Giant usually have a bolt on the back of the seat tube instead of a chainstay bridge. In your photos, this could be hidden by the front derailleur. If it is there, you will need to drill a hole in ...
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Are there any clip-on fenders that provide as full coverage as bolt-on fenders?

No. In fact the language most have settled on is "full coverage fender" instead of something like "bolt-on fender" for just this reason. Clip-on fenders and Raceblades/Speedez/etc offer a lot less ...
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"Racing bikes" with fenders and a rack

I do long distance self supported road riding. For this style of event you need to be able to carry luggage and having fenders (we call them mudguards in the UK) is an advantage If you look on my ...
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What is the best position for mudguard in cycle

With a hardtail like that you can fit a full rear mudguard that covers much more of the tyre, especially towards the back of the wheel, and covers it more closely With what you've got you're never ...
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Mudguard bracket clearance

How long is the mounting bolt? I'd try adding a couple of small washers between the purple and the L bracket. You can also file off the top of the L bracket for a few millimetres more clearance,...
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