One - since it never rains here, I sometimes feel like I'm carrying these things around for looks. While aesthetics are important, the Surly ain't exactly a featherweight to begin with, and I have aluminum Velo Orange fenders, which are absolutely iconic in terms of their looks. However, installing them was an absolute bitch (it involved a hacksaw, among other tools), so removing them usually feels pretty non-optional for situations where they aren't necessary (i.e. the Wurst Ride, all of August). They do also create a bit of sideways wind resistance, which can be problematic in high-speed Texas winds.
The second problem is a bit more personal. My front fender rattles to no end. There's a bolt on my front fender which is the attachment point for the stay and the fender itself, and the place the fender slides through this bolt is a bit bigger in diameter than the stay itself. So every single ride, I get to listen to this the entire time:
Tell me that doesn't make you kind of want to choke a bitch. Now spend 4 hours tuning it out.
I spoke with Velo Orange this morning about this issue, and most of what they told me doesn't resolve the issue because as far as I can tell this isn't an installation issue, this is something caused by the hardware itself. I love how my fenders look, but this is driving me batty and I need either a solution, or a new set of fenders.