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Shoes, water bottle, bike, and me covered in mud. I thought the roads would be dry, but it only takes one bad puddle and I was on the wrong bike. I've decide fenders will be the usual case, not the exception. I like the style of the hammered Honjo's, but are they practical? I'm concerned that 5 lbs of mud, dust, and dead worms will build up on the inner surface and be a pain to clean out. I'm leaning toward smooth Velo-Orange anodized aluminum, but I'd like someone to convince me that the hammered Honjos are better.
 

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I've had both. The Honjos may be a touch longer but the VOs are just fine. And the price is right. Functionally there's no distinction that I'm aware of. I've decided I like the plainer look of the VOs.
 

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Any fender that keeps the splatter off you is practical. I use cheap planet bike fenders on my commuter since I live in the PNW. There isn't much use trying to keep them clean so I got the black ones. Get the ones that you like the most, enjoy what you ride.
 

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I've got berthoud stainless steel fenders- they stay shiny on the outside, but they do collect a little mud on the inside every now and then. It's really, really easy to clean them out- pop the wheel off and you can just rub the dirt right out, or just keep the wheel on and hit the fender with a hose. either way, it only takes about a minute per wheel.

I've got to ride through some pretty serious mud before anything even thinks about sticking to the underside of the fenders.
 
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