Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

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Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby ar24 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 17:38 pm

Do I?

Are they that beneficial when cycling in the wet? I'm for some reason not keen on the idea of putting one on my bike! :?

Do any of you have one on your bike? Is it worth it?

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby Bozman » Mon Oct 01, 2012 17:46 pm

Over winter it's worth putting something on whether it's cruds, SKS or full mudguards, they keep your feet and a**e dry plus and more importantly they keep the salt/grit off your bike.
I'm not a fan of cruds but they kept me cycling over last winter, there's no chance that i'd have cycled in slush or cold wet conditions without them.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby MichaelW » Mon Oct 01, 2012 17:52 pm

Road splash is much dirtier than rainfall, it has rubber, diesel, oil, dog poo etc.
If the road is wet, mudguards will keep your clothes, feet and bike dry and clean so you will want to ride your bike more.
If the sight of mudguards on your bike offends you, buy a 2nd bike to use as a winter trainer and keep mudguards and wider tyres on the whole year round.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby Simon Masterson » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:02 pm

Yes you do and yes they are.

If you don't have mudguards and go for a ride in the pouring rain on muddy roads, don't expect company. Normally I'd point out that this is a great 'litmus test' for a person's involvement in 'real' cycling, but I'll be nice this time. :lol:

On a more serious note, see the above post: salty winter road muck is murder for your bike's components and drivetrain. You really need to be keeping it clean, degreased and lubricated if riding in all weathers at this time of year anyway, but nevertheless mudguards will spare it - and of course you - some of the assault. They don't look bad and they don't cost much. A sound investment.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby markyone » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:04 pm

Also you have to think of the guy behind you getting shite all over him or her.
Our club insists on mud guards in winter.
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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby Hoopdriver » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:21 pm

Go with the mudguards.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby 16mm » Mon Oct 01, 2012 18:34 pm

ar24 wrote:Do I?

Are they that beneficial when cycling in the wet? I'm for some reason not keen on the idea of putting one on my bike! :?

Do any of you have one on your bike? Is it worth it?


Do you really need to ask? Mudguards are a complete waste of time. Do you believe me?

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby oxoman » Mon Oct 01, 2012 20:23 pm

Get them fitted, i am got wet ars* going to and from work today. Bloody weatherman got it wrong again and couldn.t be bothered to take my hybrid. Just ordered them.
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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby andy46 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 21:13 pm

I'm getting myself some Mk2 Cruds, got soaked tonight and my "good" bike is my only bike.
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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby notnot » Mon Oct 01, 2012 22:32 pm

Been thinking of getting some Crud Roadracers. No eyelets for mudguards on my frame - but the cruds are OK to fit without?

I don't much like the idea of adding them to my shiny frame, but if it means I can keep riding regularly over winter... Carbon is a bad material for clothes horses :)

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby tincaman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 01:39 am

notnot wrote:Been thinking of getting some Crud Roadracers. No eyelets for mudguards on my frame - but the cruds are OK to fit without?

I don't much like the idea of adding them to my shiny frame, but if it means I can keep riding regularly over winter... Carbon is a bad material for clothes horses :)


They should fit if you can fit a 4mm allen key between the top of the rear tyre and the bottom of the caliper

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby LakesLuddite » Tue Oct 02, 2012 15:58 pm

Riding my carbon bike at the 'Ride with Brad' Sportive, just cleaned it the day before, so it was in good condition for the 100+mile ride - no mudguards (well I'm not spoiling my show pony with mudguards) despite a set of Crud roadracers sitting in the box at home...
Finished the ride in the p***ing rain, narrow, gritty country roads wet through and my drivetrain practically grinding every time I changed gear there was so much crud on them, backside, lower back, legs all covered in filth - doh!

What's better, spoiling the aesthetic, or spoiling the components?

Actually, I probably still don't want to put mudguards onto it, but now I have bought a winter/commuter steely that has the proper fittings for mudguards, so I can have the best of both worlds - Show Pony and Workhorse! Had I still just had the one, I would definitely be dusting off the Cruds right about now.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby tiredofwhiners » Tue Oct 02, 2012 16:05 pm

notnot wrote:I don't much like the idea of adding them to my shiny frame,


A generous layer of electrical masking tape over the dropouts/forks and it'll be fine. Just be careful removing it so you don't remove an lacquer. Its worked fine with mine for years.

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby ar24 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:57 pm

Thanks for the response people. Will definitely get some now!

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby foxydan » Thu Oct 04, 2012 18:04 pm

want to get a set of these - thinking about the crud roadracer mk2. Will these fit a giant defy? Are they easy to fit?

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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

Postby andy46 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:49 pm

They are fairly easy to fit as long as you have plenty of spare time, I fitted mine for the first time yesterday and it took just under 2 hours to get them right.

I've just got back from my first outing with them and over rougher surfaces the front tip of the front mudguard was rattling on the tyre. I've just pulled the cable tie a little tighter and this seems to have given it more clearance so fingers crossed :)

I should add, I am talking about Mk2 Crud roadracers.
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Re: Do I really need a mudguard on my road bike?

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