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  • Premier Icon ibnchris
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    what's the verdict?

    and if you're a mudguard fan what would you recommend for a full sus?

    redthunder
    Member

    Mmmm. I wonder, theres a thread about this somewhere.

    Basically a old style crud roughly in the middle of your seatpost. This has worked for me for about 10 years.

    uplink
    Member

    Waterproof shorts – no guards works fine for me

    Uplink +1

    although I also use a mudguard to stop the worst of the wet mud going up my back 🙂

    I use a dirtmonkey I bought from Halfrauds (Oh the shame 😕 ) for about £10 it is set about 4 inches from the tyre to avoid it hitting the wheel hence the need for the waterproof shorts.

    mandog
    Member

    Uplink +2, water proof over trousers / water proof over trousers cut down to shorts.

    Junkyard
    Member

    +3 and a mudguard on singlespeed for winter and moved to fleet for known muddy rides. 4 hours with a wet arse is not fun – they are fugly mind

    GaryLake
    Member

    Waterproof shorts and a mudguard if I'm going to be out all day.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Waterproof shorts – no guards works fine for me

    +4

    Premier Icon ton
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    crudguard all year round, and goretex shorts in the winter, may to october. 8)

    Mudguards every time. anyone who rides without one is daft IMO – why does the look of your bike matter more than its function? I ride most days and simply prefer to be warm and dry rather than get spray all over me.

    Its nice to be able to go into a pub without splashing mud everywhere as well.

    stumpytrek
    Member

    Mudguards just look wrong to me. Another vote for waterproof shorts here.

    Why does the look matter? form over function? get real

    i hear you on the mudguards look shite but around 2 months ago i fitted one to my xc bike for the 1st time ever and did a truly torrential ride around, i am now a convert and have them on most of my bikes, i can live with it looking crap for the comfy side of the ride.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    They do look bad, I can understand why that bothers people (though mine look fine IMO, but on a full suss they can be awful). What narks me is when people come up with ridiculous ways to rationalise their dislike. "They don't make any difference". "They rattle" "They just break" "They can be dangerous in a crash" and my personal favourite, "They're no use for PROPER mountain biking".

    But nothing wrong with not fitting them just because you don't like the look, it's their a**e 😉

    hilldodger
    Member

    Why does the look matter? form over function? get real

    Funny thing Jezza, on some posts you're all 'freedom of choice' and 'make up your own mind' but really it comes down to is 'think like me or I'll start calling names' – you're just a bitter old man really aren't you, stick to the wiping and swiping eh………..

    Premier Icon ton
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    Funny thing Jezza, on some posts you're all 'freedom of choice' and 'make up your own mind' but really it comes down to is 'think like me or I'll start calling names' – you're just a bitter old man really aren't you, stick to the wiping and swiping eh………..

    nail on the head…………..well said that man.. 😆

    bonesetter
    Member

    Ghey Gaurds for me

    PeterPoddy
    Member

    This could get nasty!

    Handbags ahoy!!

    Premier Icon nickc
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    They're shit.

    They look shit, they don't make shit all difference, they scratch your paintwork, they're just something else to clean. Even not wearing waterproof shorts is better, and TBH a normal pair of shorts over the usual Lycra is enough to keep the worst off anyway.

    nickc – are you sure??
    Its weird that when i ride with a mate with no mudguard his face/eyes are covered in mud, me with a mudguard have a clean face and more importantly clean eyes (contact lenses)
    With a rear guard it save the worst of the wet running off your shorts down your legs into sealskinz or shoes. Surely even been 1% drier is better than none at all?

    Premier Icon nickc
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    I wear contacts. In the slurry I wear clear lenses, don't care if my clothes or face is muddy TBH. Rear mudguards are just a waste of space. My saddle catches more.

    bonesetter
    Member

    Let them eat cake

    stuey
    Member

    Mud guards are cool…
    At 'my speed' they make it look like I'm towing a water skier. 😀

    b r
    Member

    All the lot for me, front fender, crud catcher and crud rear.

    dano
    Member

    who knows what you could catch if you dont use protection?

    Premier Icon ton
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    had a mate who did not use crud guards front and rear.
    got a face full of cow pooh slush in a farmyard in the dales.
    he caught campilobacter{sp?}
    made him proper poorly for months.
    he runs a bike shop with his brother in mirfield.

    berni
    Member

    waterproof shoerts and those new protectors on the forks, mudguards are fugly!!

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    they do look shit but they work brilliantly.

    I've got a crud catcher, new design raceguard and the best bit of all, a neoprene pissflap thing on the fork to stop that bit of grit that gets thrown up and forward at exactly the right trajectory to match my forward motion and get me straight in the eyes when you've taken your glasses off briefly because you're going so slow they just misted up.

    clubber
    Member

    Crud catcher and rear crud guard with waterproof shorts for proper long rides in the rain. Saying guards don't work is obviously bs though clearly they work best on a hardtail where you can fix it near the tyre. Just looking at the state people with and without mudguards are in at the end of a group ride shows that.

    Oh and spot on about TJ.

    Dibbs
    Member

    As much as I hate agreeing with TJ, I have to admit I do on this subject 😆

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Never seen the sense in not using a crudcatcher when its proper shitey. Just common sense.
    Now have some cheap Gore-Tex army cut-offs also. They work a treat.

    stumpy01
    Member

    Always used a front & rear crud mudguards.
    Don't care what my bike looks like, particularly when it's really mucky. I don't understand how mudguards on your bike looks any worse than the appearance that you have just had an uncontrolled violent outburst of dysentry all over your shorts & up your back if you don't wear mudguards.

    Premier Icon ibnchris
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    so…waterproof shorts and a crud catcher. I thought I was the only one who thought about buying cheapo army surplus trousers and cutting them up. Genius.

    pop larkin
    Member

    Just fitted some for the first time as I need to get in my car after riding and I have beige leather seats- the alternative is getting your nob out on the car park to change into clean clothes
    I must admit I think they look ok- white ones on a black frame- not that it matters obvously 😉

    CaptJon
    Member

    Best solution is just to stay in when it is shitty outside.

    trail_rat
    Member

    endura stealths keep me dry ….

    although i have been seen sporting not 2 mudguards but 5 …… 2 cruds on downtube , one up the seat tube and a rear one out the back , and one on the front of fork …. they might be back on for the puffer since its looking like its not going to be -19 🙁

    Mud guard,crud catcher under the frame and inner tube thingy beween forks an…waterproof shorts. It looks shite,but I don't care….it doesn't look great without mud guards.

    chunkypaul
    Member

    the verdict is they look shite… end of thread

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Waterproof shorts convert here – no crud guard for first time in years on my bike. Homemade fork doofer though, and thinking a steerer mount front guard.

    sodafarls
    Member

    "don't care if my clothes or face is muddy TBH. Rear mudguards are just a waste of space."
    =
    Mudguards are a waste of space TBH. I enjoy shite all over my face/glasses, water pouring down my waterproof socks/boots and my bike looks cooler to other middle aged men. And apparently they rattle or something.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Oh for f**ks sake.

    It's a bit of mud and a bit of water, for a few hours maybe once or twice a week, it might even reach your skin…Oh. The. Horror. God forbid that you may come into contact with dirt, I mean how f**king awful that must be…

    I mean, I can shrug off all my clothes and chuck them into the washing machine, and low, they come out pristine, and look, see how the hose washes away the mud from the bike…

    😉

    what about the chip on your shoulder, how is that protected? wipe clean?

    Premier Icon nickc
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    My shoulders never get dirty, my righteous indignation prevents the dirt from clinging

    i've got one of those brake post ones from decathlon. works great.

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