Are there any good fenders out there?
Here's one that looks nice and is reported to be excellent. A thick metal fender with full coverage, including a mud flap, would be just what the dr. ordered -- if it fit.
The PDW fenders linked above are supposed to fit 23c tires, "maybe a small volume 25c." Not the 28s I hope to run when riding longer this year. That sucks. I really, really, want to try them, but at $120 I'm not experimenting.
Everything else is a decided second-best. These from Planet Bike are what I have; they are flimsy and do not hold position. I found these "Crud Catchers" on Bike Tires Direct. They have limited mount points and an intriguing self-centering mechanism: brushes ride your rims to keep the fenders from shifting from one side to the other. I like the concept, but no way are they fit for a long event. I would bet money they would end up in the ditch somewhere between Valdez and Glenallen if I brought them on the BWR. (Seriously.) How about these from Blackburn?
The SKS P35s are supposed to fit 28c tires, although the reviewer who lauds PDW's offering complains that SKS are steel covered in plastic. (Since when, by the way, would that be a bad thing? And why not steel not covered in plastic?) Sheldon Brown likes SKS. The comment to this blog post says something about SKS with 28c tires on a Gunnar Roadie. Apparently the post and the commenter are discussing the SKS Raceblade Long fenders. These look really flimsy to me. Again, I foresee their ending up in a ditch, although unlike the Crud Catchers perhaps they make it to Delta Junction first.
Sheldon (posthumously, of course) also speaks highly of Delta and Zefal. As best as I can tell, Delta has gotten out of the fender business. (It does make a cool iPhone mount, however.) The only Zefals I can find are clip-ons and some really cheap-looking fuller-coverage fenders.
Then there's the fenders that don't even really try -- like these clip-ons from Planet Bike. If nothing else is working, are they worth trying? Not according to Sheldon. I quote: "These are crap."
I see that Sheldon also sells hardware solutions that prevents my needing to remove the brake every time I want to mount or unmount the fenders. I will use such a thing if I can find fenders that fit.