NYT Fender Test

Photo © New York Times
The New York Times has a “Gear Test” on bike fenders in the Fashion & Style section. I still haven’t figured out why articles on bicycles so frequently end up in the Fashion section (as opposed to the Transportation section, or even the Sports section for that matter), but I suppose any publicity is good publicity when we’re talking the NYT.

View the article in the NYT

9 Responses to “NYT Fender Test”

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Very interesting.

    But IMO that gentleman needs and upright bicycle and a more stylish helmet asap
    – especially if he is to be put in the Style section : )

  • Alan says:

    I somehow like the juxtaposition of the business suit and the racerly bike, helmet, and shoes, though I agree, he’s not quite as suave as some of the NYT’s previous “bike models”… ;-))

  • Elliott @ Violet Crown Cycles says:

    Actually, Alan, if the goal is for more people to ride bikes for everyday living (not just recreation, racing, or commuting) then the Style section is as good as any, if not better. We need to get beyond the bike as just a tool and move to the bike as an integrated part of people’s lives.

  • Alan says:


    I like to view the bicycle as a car replacement which places it firmly in the “transportation” camp for me. Placing it in the Fashion section relegates it to “fashion accessory” status as far as I’m concerned.


  • Bill says:

    I think it’s great for it to be in the style section – lets get everyone thinking about the bicycle. And, in John’s (the guy in the photo) defense, I think he pretty much uses that one bike for everything. I love the idea of having a stable of bikes, but respect the biker who makes due with one multipurpose unit. John uses that bike for commuting during the week, but I also know he’s ridden it to Mt. Rainier on a long weekend, hiked to the summit, telemarked back down and then packed up the Bob trailer with skis and gear and biked back — lets see the poser in the yellow shirt do that.

  • Mike says:

    For my money, he only tested one set of credible fenders, the VOs. Those others look to me like they fall into the “better than nothing” category.

  • Bill says:

    The installed Velo Orange front fender sure looks like its rubbing on the front tire.

  • Bill G says:

    VO the only credible fenders? The Cascadias provide at least as good coverage, are more durable, and are easier to install. They don’t have the retro cachet of metal fenders and are arguably less attractive but this article purported to be about function. How are they not credible?

  • John Tubbs says:

    I’ve got the VO on the front wheel of a Trek 7500fx with 35mm Panaracer Tourguards. Tight fit but the VO’s work well. My fender looks like it should be hitting like the NYT pic, but it doesn’t. They really have a deep curve to them and “hug” the tire nicely. Definitely mount them with the crown daruma.

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