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All of this talk about rain during the 24 hrs ITOP has me worried, so I'm not taking any chances and buying fenders. Would anyone recommend any particular style? For the front wheel I've seen ones that either attach to the fork, or downtube. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about either style?
If it matters, I probably won't use these after the race, which I believe is just singletrack and dirt road. No tech, no degree of gnar.
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what i would do to placate skinny-tires terror of the rain is have 3 things for the eventuality of rain:

1. a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut in half along its length if it rains. Attach one half to your down tube with zip ties and other to the back of your saddle with zip ties and voila cheap fenders that won't sit in a drawer until the next 24hr race that looks like it might rain.

2. A single speed. In the eventuality that it does in fact rain a single speed will make your life considerable better. The year it rain I recall riding lap after lap past people walking along the trail with broken chains, derailleurs or shifters. Lap after lap on my singlespeed. Pick a slightly lower gear than you would for normal riding (a 32x18 worked great that year on a 26er - 32x20 on a 29er).

3. Mudcutter disc brake rotors. If you have rotors with large open spaces on them the gravelly mud out there will eat your brake pads. Consider getting a set of rotors with small or no spaces in a wavy configuration but if not bring a coupla sets of extra pads.
 

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Awesome idea on the 2 liter bottle, thanks!
Extra brake pads and rotors are already on my packing list.
 

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i forgot: a bottle of finish line cross country lube is a great addition to your kit as well. Thick as snot and will lube a chain for an entire lap in the driving rain as well as lube a chain for an entire post rain mud lap. Worked for our entire team on the rain year.

But it is pretty much useless for any other condition in AZ baring snow I guess. It would be a dirt caterpillar in seconds on most desert single tracks.
 

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ajmelin said:
All of this talk about rain during the 24 hrs ITOP has me worried, so I'm not taking any chances and buying fenders. Would anyone recommend any particular style? For the front wheel I've seen ones that either attach to the fork, or downtube. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about either style?
If it matters, I probably won't use these after the race, which I believe is just singletrack and dirt road. No tech, no degree of gnar.
Thanks
All the plastic is not going to help a gunked up drivetrain. That is why God created single speeds.
 

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tips for mud

Fenders do help but the mud out there makes quick work of them. IF you do the soda bottles have one set per lap.

Get some cheap safety glasses. The mud will destroy the lenses on your high end 'clears'

Bring a clean pair of shorts for every lap. I did 8 laps on a duo team in 2005 and had fresh shammy for every lap. (i've been riding for 20 years and save all my old shorts just for this purpose).

Get a weed sprayer from home depot for washing bikes between laps. Just fill it with soapy water.

carry your water in a hydration pack but have a bottle mount for bottle full of soapy water to wash your drive train before going up Sassy's hill. Of course if you have a single speed its not an issue
 
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