Mudguards keep you clean and protected on the move
Mudguards do just what the name suggests – they protect you from mud, water and other debris sprayed up by your wheels as you cycle. Besides keeping you safe, they also have an important safety function: keeping grit from getting into the moving parts of your bike.
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Considerations when buying mudguards
If you’ve ever been cycling in wet conditions without a mudguard, you’ll understand the appeal already. Getting mud sprayed up your back is an inconvenience you don’t need, especially if you’re commuting by bike.
In addition, depending on the terrain, you’ll often be dealing with more than just mud. Dirt, gravel, and other debris encountered on roads and trails can get into the moving parts of your bike and cause increased wear and tear, another hazard mudguards protect against.
Mudguards aren’t just for your own benefit, either. If you go cycling in a group, a mudguard will prevent you from spraying the rider behind you – making it an important purchase even if you’re not too bothered by mud yourself.
Mudguards come in several varieties: front and rear (or sets of both), made of harder and softer plastics, in clip-on and screwed-on models. Rear mudguards sometimes have built-in reflectors to ensure visibility.
It’s important to make sure you buy a model that’s suitable for the size of your wheels – both width and diameter – so that the mudguard fits properly. Mini mudguards are also available as a lightweight option designed to provide effective protection with a smaller surface area.