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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011

    tube and fender size for Surly cross check

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    I'm trying to order tubes and a fender for my Surly Cross Check online. The tire says 700 x 32mm. I'm seeing a lot of numbers (25-28, etc...) besides these, so I'm confused. Also, the fender gives me the option of 700x35mm or 700x45mm, I don't know which to get. The webpage from Surly says the tire clearance is 700x45mm, but go smaller when installing fenders. I'll attach the four links for clarity. (Couldn't get a hold of the Surly staff to question them.)





    Are these good fenders and tube? I'm open to taking all suggestions, as this is all new for me. Thank you very much.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2011
    I got the answers from Surly. I'm following up in case this may serve others as well.

    45mm fenders. The range of the tube size oughtta encompass the size number of your tire. Example in this case is 700x32mm. Hope it helps.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Boise Idaho
    I asked the Bike Hermit about this. Here is his reply:

    For a 700x 32 tire, the second number is the nominal width in millimeters of the inflated tire. In practice a 32 width can be anywhere from 28mm to 33mm or so. Tubes are balloons and are sized to fit a range of widths...just get tubes that include the width of your tire within the range. The other number (32mm PRESTA) is the length of the valve stem.
    The Surly website means tires up to 45mm wide will fit, but if you want to use fenders too, go with a narrower tire because the fenders need to be wider than the tire. I use 700x 35 Panaracer Pasela tires and 700x 45 Zefal fenders on my Cross Check. In your example the 700 x 45 fenders will be the best choice. I know that fenders up to 50mm wide will fit on these bikes. More on fenders at Bike Touring News
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Portland Metro Area
    Fenders need to be 10-12 mm wider than the tires. So if your tires are, for example, 700x32c then the fenders should be 42-45mm. I have 700x32c tires and have a 45 mm fender on it with plenty of clearance. The reason that the fenders should be larger is in the event your tire picks up a blob of mud, a rock or whatever it won't get caught between the tire and fender (hopefully). SKS fenders of a secure-release built into the front in case something does get caught up there.
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