Question: I put fenders on my road bike for winter training, but now my toe hits the front fender when I turn the wheel while riding slowly. Is this a problem? — Max D.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Some bikes have front-wheel overlap even without fenders. It isn’t a problem at normal riding speeds because you don’t turn the wheel sharply enough to contact the toe of your shoe.
However, turning sharply at slow speed can cause you to kick the wheel or fender. The result can be an embarrassing topple. Picture Artie Johnson on that trike in the old TV show, “Laugh In.”
To avoid a red face, remember the overlap. When turning sharply, ratchet your crank or stop your feet in a position that prevents wheel contact. Be especially cautious when doing a trackstand or slow roll at stoplights. That’s a prime time for messing up.