Nothing beats the good looks of a hammered or fluted metal fender (IMHO), but nothing beats the practicality of an SKS or Planet Bike plastic fender. They’re tough, easy to mount, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive. My only complaint with the SKS is that they were a little short—until now. With some design help from Mark and Jay at Rivendell, SKS has come out with a new, longer, full-coverage fender they’re calling the “Longboard”.
For now, they’re available in one size that fits 650B and 700C up to 45mm wide. Price is around $40. Pretty cool.