Mudguards like them dislike them useful or unnecessary?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Accy cyclist, 30 Jul 2012.

  1. I made a comment about mudguards on the roadkill thread. I was only joking,:angel: but i think that i touched a raw nerve with some.:whistle: I only cycle for fun and exercise so therefore i wear cycle clothing so if it gets wet so be it, i have a shower when i get home and throw the cycle clothes in the wash, but i can understand the commuters who have to work after their journey not wanting to sit or stand all day with wet,splattered feet and legs.
    What are your thoughts about mudguards?
     
  2. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    An essential part of my bicycle, not only for the weather protection they provide, but for the sake of appearance. Cycling without mudguards is on a par with tucking your trousers in to your socks.
     
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  3. MrJamie

    MrJamie Oaf on a Bike

    I cant think of a reason not to put them on, no need to get filthy. :smile:
     
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  4. Melonfish

    Melonfish Evil Genius in training.

    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    Essential to keep a clean bike and a clean back!
     
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  5. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    As a youngster I used to think mudguards were for old men. In my late 30's I started to commute by bike a few times a week and once I bought a dedicated commuter to relieve my MTB for it's intended purpose I wasted little time in sticking on some mudguards. That was nearly 2 years ago and they haven't been off since! Best thing since sliced bread (and I am still not quite 40 :thumbsup:).
     
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  6. marzjennings

    marzjennings Veteran

    I'm over 40 and I've never seen the point of mudguards. On the mountain bike they just reduce mud clearance and cause the wheels to get stuck. On the road bike they don't seem to do a great job of stopping the rain falling on my head. If I want to stay dry I wear water proofs.

    The again I like getting filthy ducky and cycle maintenance is how I chill out. ^_^
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Accy cyclist

    Accy cyclist Guru

    Many would say the opposite about appearance. Would mudguards look right on those road bikes on the "Lust after"thread?;)
     
  8. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Horses for courses!!!!

    Obviously no guards on an MTB. Also never on that sunny day road bike, but the workhorse, all weather, do-it-all bike then absolutely. Who can possibly like having the filthy road traffic mucky water thrown up in their eyes when cycling in the rain?
     
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  9. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    I've recently changed from using my fully mudguarded hybrid to my mountain bike with one of those strap on mudguards.
    In the recent spell of heavy rain I REALLY missed my proper mudguards, once or twice I could barely open my eyes for all the spray coming up at me.
    I'm now working out how to get a full mudguards onto a mountain bike with a suspension fork!
     
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  10. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    Mudguards are simply not cool. Tucking your trousers into a 20 year old pair of rambling socks most certainly is.

    An OMIL has spoken.
     
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  11. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    I usually smile when I see cyclists with a badger stripe of mud/road muck along their back and derrière, and think thank goodness I have mudguards. The other problem is if you are following a cyclist without mudguards on a wet day - you either end up dropping back or having to overtake.
     
  12. no, but then 50mm carbon tubs would not look right on my winter bike either.
     
  13. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Trying to explain why your spread eagled under the hand drier takes to long to explain....plus they never
    believe you any how:sad:
     
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  14. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    Always on the commuter. Raceblades on the roadie when it's damp
     
  15. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Location:
    Half way there
    Fetching mine back from the shed today.

    Mud guards and overshoes.
     
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