Light up, light up with these reflective mudguards

Be safe, be seen with fancy new fenders

When it comes to winter riding, we like to think we've 'been there, tried that' in the visibility stakes. But this is a new one on us – reflective mudguards that light up at night under a car's headlights.

Widget Components claims to have looked at what else is out there on the market, and decided reflective mudguards were an "obvious choice" for riders wanting to stay safe in low-light conditions. 

By day, just a regular-looking set of grey mudguards: by day, just a regular-looking set of grey mudguards
By day, just a regular-looking set of grey mudguards: by day, just a regular-looking set of grey mudguards

Spotted at trade event the Bike Place Show, the Widget mudguards had a dull, faintly textured grey finish under normal lighting conditions, as you can see above.

… but under bright light, they glow up like this: … but under bright light, they glow up like this
… but under bright light, they glow up like this: … but under bright light, they glow up like this

But when we switched on the camera's flash, they lit up very brightly – as you can see.

There are fully-reflective and part-reflective versions in a traditional fit, and a blade option for race bikes without the necessary eyelets. They fit 700cc wheels, and come in two widths: 20-28mm, and 28-45mm.

Widget components say they're working on black versions: widget components say they're working on black versions
Widget components say they're working on black versions: widget components say they're working on black versions

Pricing is £39 for the fully reflective version, £37 for the part-reflective version, and £29 for the blades. Widget Components also plan to do a matt black reflective version, as they acknowledge not everyone wants a 'grey-by-day' coating.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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