While wandering the streets lately in search of sustenance I ran into a couple of fender hacks. The streets of NYC are just plain nasty. Each summer the city smells like baked dog pee. Last weekend the heat index was like 112 and oh was the smell of the city disgusting.
I am all in favor of pets, but I am not sure I am in favor of 283,000 dogs peeing and doing their business all over the Manhattan sidewalks. Dog ownership makes me think back to business lectures in college about externalities. For those who slept through business or never took it, an externality is:
. . . a cost or benefit, not transmitted through prices, incurred by a party who did not agree to the action causing the cost or benefit.
I am sure 283,000 dogs have an economic benefit in the city, but they do not have an olfactory benefit. If you possess the sense of smell, the cost of mass dog ownership is quite real in NYC.
So I ride with fenders because when it rains the city is basically once giant puddle of refuse. Dog pee, antifreeze, oil, gas, coffee, etc. The last thing I want is that soup getting all over me. Some people in the city do use fenders that are primarily meant for mountain biking and do not provide "full" coverage. An example is below above the tire, but notice the fender at the end of the arrow -
It is similar to the rear fender, but jammed in to the area between the tire and seat post tube to help deflect NYC soup.
A short time later I saw this one -
With this one I am not sure if the fender in question was designed for this purpose, or if it is a rear or front fender being repositioned. Those more knowledgeable of mountain bike equipment feel free to chime in.