I am not manly
mudguards or wet arse?
Well put Lifer.
I ride in the winter pretty much every weekend
So sometimes you go for 2 weeks or more without a ride.
Is that supposed to be a lot of riding to substantiate your point?
I hope they are long rides and the wet shorts chafe on your arse for a good 5hrs at least - proper manly
What about the poor sod on your back wheel getting sprayed. I know that most people don't care about riding friends but my rear guard is there as a courtesy only. Its the front guard that has the most affect for my comfort.
No, got fed up with removing seatpost to remove mudguard when seasons change so waterproof shorts/waterproof trousers all the way for me
Most lame reason yet? The seasons change many times a year around your neck of the woods?
To be fair though, seatposts are a bugger to remove and refit, those Q/R are a right pain or worse still what mtb'er has a 5mm Allen key about the place.
I go for comfort over looks any day but like to use easily removeable guards to cut down on the weight etc when it's really dry. Current preferences are for -
Topeak Defender M1 on the front. Most of the time just use the back half of it, if it's actually raining use the front and the rear. Much more effective than a Crud Catcher as it turns with the wheel.
On the back I'm currently using a CycraGuard - QR fitting that's tough enough not to break/turn. Topeak Defender rears are good but can be a bit fragile. A Crud Catcher is probably the most indestructible option but they're not long enough and difficult to take on and off.
For what its worth I use a crud catcher front and rear, keeps the wet off my arse and the mud out of my eyes.
Surely no one is ever going to read all these posts about mudgaurds though?
"Surely no one is ever going to read all these posts about mudgaurds though?"
I read through the second page to make sure no-one was disagreeing with me.
I love crud catchers and could kiss Pete what's his face for designing them.
Also love to stay warm and dry. So wear water proof shorts and cruddies even in a moist summer.
I guess the people who are into the anti-mudguard fashion victim thing are mainly people like you - once a week riders, who can cope with cleaning loads of extra waterproof clothes after every ride, and don't need multiple lots of ride clothing, so can afford to buy the expensive waterproof shorts and the like. Most regular riders you see out seem to have them nowadays.
Never seen the point in mudguards - and certainly not in waterproof stuff when riding. Understand that others may want it, but it's just unnecessary IMO. Not really a fashion thing - just - why? I don't fit a klaxon, big flapping wings and a spitoon to my bike either, because I don't want them on.
6 days/wk btw, usually 11hrs+.
Sorry I'm late for this party, but I don't know what most of you are going on about?
A lot of you don't even ride in the rain, you're always on here!
Waterproof shorts & mudguards when necessary. Dont care what it "looks like" ...its going to look muddy anyway!
Point of mudguards is that u dont get covered in or eat **ite!
Each to his own...
They make winter riding fun.
Mudguards,can't stand the idea of waterproof clothing.
What boils my wee is seeing someone take a dreadfull line rather than get a bit wet. put some Cruds on and just ride.
Blimey, is this still going?
This is like the helmet thing, It's personal choice OK? I don't get a wet arse, I'm not uncomfortable? you don't have to worry, in the couple of hours I do night riding, and the 3-4 hours I do at the weekend, I'm more than happy.
TandemJeremy - Member
Why does the look matter? form over function? get real
I agree with TJ, and I never thought I'd say that.
I only ride about 100 miles a week off road (couple of local night rides and a nice weekend hoon across propper mountains)so I'm not a big mileage rider. I am however a total crusty and when my outer riding gear gets muddy I just dry it out and wear it on the next ride. It's personal choice. I've been mountain biking since the late 80's and have tried all sorts of mud guard/crud guard and just don't like them so hey I must be vain and shallow etc.....
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