How To Choose Mudguards For Your Road Bike | Fender Installation Tips

– Mudguards or fenders? And for many cyclists out there, a really stable part of winter cycling. The thought of riding along and getting your precious bike covered in grime is a nightmare for plenty of us, warriors of the road. Not to mention the
thought of replacing parts sooner than they necessarily need to be thanks to salt water and corrosion. Let’s look at the choices out there for you then. (dramatic techno music) Now when it comes to mudguard choice you need to consider a couple of things. Firstly, how much coverage and protection you
require from the guards? From the simple ass saver to the total coverage, full mudguards. Secondly, the clearance
and fitting options that you have available on your bike. So, not all bikes will work with all mudguards. Many dedicated winter and gravel bikes have mounts for mudguards, so that they can be fitted as
an almost permanent fixture if you so wish. And those mudguards have metal stays and are pretty rigid in their structure. Whereas some bikes have
such close clearances that you can’t even fit a
25 millimeter tire in them without rubbing on the frame and forks. Though mudguards designed for really close clearance road race bikes without specific mounts, generally you have to
have a bit of a compromise when it comes to fitting around the break calipers, as this is a particularly troublesome area, as you’re trying to fit a mudguard between the tire, the break bridge and the caliper. So whilst something may say full mudguard, be aware that your break calipers may get a bit of grime on them. As the mudguards tend to attach on either side of the caliper. Disc break users, likely
to be pretty plain sailing unless your tires are
very close to your stays or the fork crown. So to recap, before
deciding on the mudguards, you need to consider the
clearances on your bike and then how much coverage you want. Love riding in the rain? Get as much coverage as possible. As your bike is going to get less mucky, as well as your kit. And you. (upbeat techno music) Now when it comes to fitting, depending on the guards you’ve gone for, that will depend on the
level of difficulty. Nothing is particularly
troublesome though. As long as you read the instructions, or look at things from
a logical point of view. What I would really recommend though is to use a work stand, as that way you can check that the tires are clearing the mudguards as well as any brackets of
the mudguards sufficiently. Those have been areas in the past which some people definitely
have struggled with. Now without a doubt, give the bike a very good clean before installing the mudguards, as you won’t have your usual access to be able to do so, once the mudguards are in place. But the good thing is, once those mudguards are on, depending on the type you’ve gone for, you won’t have to fully clean the bike anywhere near as often as before, which is a big result for
a lot of people out there. The final bit of advice though, that I’ve got to give here, having fitted plenty of sets of mudguards over the years is to make sure that you’ve got all the tools and all of the bits and pieces that you need before you start. There is nothing worse
than you having to stop part way through to pop out for something. It simply ruins your concentration as well as your zen perhaps. Now, there are so many different types of mudguards out there. I’m afraid there isn’t
a one for all process for fitting. For example, these Crud
Racer Mudguards here, they don’t require any tools, but they do require about
four millimeters of clearance and around 20 minutes to
30 minutes of your time, depending on the intricacies
of your bike obviously. And how patient you are
as well, when fitting. Whereas these clip on
ones here from Topeak they’ll fit on, well within seconds, but they’re not gonna give you quite as much coverage there either. So, it’s something worth considering. Now, providing that you’re patient and you follow the instructions, you will be ready to tackle the wet roads and laugh in the face of
other people you ride with. Particularly if you’re from a place where people don’t tend to use mudguards, watch how they all tend to swarm towards your back wheel when you’re riding to avoid getting a face full of muck that they would do from other riders. Of course, there is a down side to that. It means you’re going to be on the front an awful lot more. But, you’ll certainly get
fitter won’t you, let’s face it? There we are. Are you a mudguard lover or hater? I know definitely there
are people out there who really don’t like them. Whereas I absolutely love them and I totally recommend them if you can get them to fit on your bike. Which, well with options like this you definitely can. Either way, let me know
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