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Touring without mudguards

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 7 May 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...I'm tempted to remove mine and go 'guardless' this summer...I cant see any serious disadvantage compared to the weight saving....but if anybody else can ??
     
  2. dodgy

    dodgy Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    There's a good chance women will start to see you as attractive.

    :becool:

    Dave.
     
  3. radger

    radger Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I toured SW Ireland guardless. The stuff on the rack absorbed most of the mud :becool:
     
  4. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    The weight of mudguards on a laden tourer is negligible , so I cannot see any advantage in removing them.:blush:
     
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    What sort of mudguards have you got, lead ones??
     
  6. strofiwimple

    strofiwimple Über Member

    Location:
    sunderland
    i think Big, Tall & Fat will negate any weight advantages of removing them ;-)
     
  7. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    The weight of the mudgards is insignificant unless made from depeleted uranium or something similarly dense. I don't think that you'd notice the advanatge gained by their weight loss. You will notice a wider distribution of road clag.
     
  8. I'd keep them on. The frankly insignificant weight saving will be negated by the extra crap you pick up off the road and the sheer pain in the arse caused by having to remove and refit mudguards more times than absolutely necessary.
     
  9. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ok...I'm leaving them on...mainly because I am lazy and you are all probably right
     
  10. goo_stewart

    goo_stewart New Member

    Stick with them, they make us cycling folk way cooler - and it stops you from getting that annoying road dirt all over your bum, back and rack.
     
  11. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    I'd leave them on for all the reasons mentioned - plus it could rain.

    But don't tell Bonj you're keeping them. He's got very strong feelings about mudguards ;)

    PS Since you're planning to cart a TV around with you I wouldn't worry too much about the weight of the mudguards.
     
  12. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    It also doesn't annoy the person behind if its raining....
     
  13. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Location:
    WGC
    Rain annoys nearly everyone ;)
     
  14. Pottsy

    Pottsy ...

    Location:
    SW London
    I hate mudguards - uncool, rattle, weight, looks etc. but the one bike I keep them on is the tourer. Wet panniers, bike and kit covered in cr@p and a damp ar5e for 8 hours just isn't fun.
     
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    don't ever even DREAM of taking them off, you will OBVIOUSLY be KILLED INSTANTLY :excl: :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: