But in the first place I certainly wouldn't do it based on aesthetics and weight.
Can you guys (the ones that use them, like them, wouldn't ride or commute without them) convice me it's necessary to install such a thing, even outside of the UK ?
When the snow will melt, we'll have the sides of the road with water patches, and also a day of rain here and there. But mostly, I'll ride on dry tarmac.
Personally I have removed mine after 6 months on my CAAD 8.
welkman wrote:Yes and no I have used several brands and the crud race guards are ok.
Like this one, on a road bike ?
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If your bike can only take those silly clip on guards I would not bother. Instead observe the N+1 rule and buy a bike that can take proper mudgards. Then you can also use wider tyres and have no rubbing ever.
So if it's pouring rain outside, I'll just drive .
And if I hit a few rain patches, or wet spots, I don't really mind dirty clothes, I'll shower and change once arrived at work anyways.
My main concern is do mudguards really prevent water being carried by the tires, and filling the shoes and lower body. I remember a ride back from work a year ago, with rain, headwinds (I couldn't reach 20 km/h ), and also pretty cold weather(6-7°). Bad memories.
Whether or not they are worth it to you simply depends on how often you ride in the rain.
Decent guards will give you no reason not to ride. You also don't end up properly wet / drenched if its wet on the road with guards - so you won't get cold & tired so easily. With no guards you get that full on spray that drenches your kit, whereas just rain alone will tend to run off more & certainly penetrate a whole lot less. It also means you can ride in lighter kit that is more light rain proof vs. full on rain proof, but which would otherwise have you sweating a lot more due to being less breathable.
Its just a practical option to have.
I'd recommend you don't go with crudguards, they always are noisy & end up brushing the rim or tire at some point. I've used raceblades for a few years & have recently moved across to raceblade long - which attaches under the brake pivot & QR's. The 'long' version really is a much better guard & more securely held / free from vibration vs. the standard raceblade.
FWIW I think planetx have them atm at about the most economic source although with postage I don't know how it will work out for you. They do weigh a lot though - something like 400gr.
Do you think it's worth it to install them only when needed ? Really that simple (SKS) ?
Remember, not UK reality here. I go to work with plain shoes. I use rubber on my feet only twice a year
As far as fenders go, nothing beats a set of standard fenders mounted on a frame/fork which allows for generous clearance even with wider tyres. If your frame/frok doesn't have that, i can recommend the raceblade long.
Get the most full coverage fenders your tire/frame combo can take. SKS raceblade long are the best for bikes without much coverage in my experience. Not that big of a deal to take on and off, but I've grown so used to them I won't take them off until June when wet rides are very few and far between.
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