Commuter diaries - mudguards or no mudguards

by Flo K   August 11, 2010  


I have just taken the mudguards, bell and any excess gear off my ss road bike to create a cleaner look. Have I made a mistake as a daily cyclepath commuter? I work for myself and have cleaning facilities at work, so does it matter if I get wet? Mudguards or waterproof clothing?

It is summer after all (it rained for 6 hours solid yesterday).

No bell, will I regret that with the pedestrians on the cycle route. My bike is a little lighter without the Mr Crud, Road Racer guards, bell and extra light brackets, all I am carrying now is a pump, basic tools, tube and rescue Knog lights. I wonder whether I will miss the trappings of urban riding but on the other hand it is good to have a "clear out". I guess with cycling like most things in life we collect / attract a great deal of detritus.

Flo K

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Aren't you worried about your bike getting dirty?

Ah no, wait. I've seen your paddy wagon Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7784 posts]
12th August 2010 - 9:51

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is 'paddy wagon' some sort of euphemism?

It's not just about the size of your cog.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
12th August 2010 - 17:22

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get your coat

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
12th August 2010 - 17:31

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The guy behind you will probably appreciate your rear mudguard. Big Grin

posted by Agent57 [4 posts]
12th August 2010 - 18:23



posted by Flo K [178 posts]
13th August 2010 - 11:42

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Keep the guards on at least, you are commuting after all. What are you hoping to achieve? That little old lady may seem quick now but in time and with practice you'll soon be reelling her in Big Grin

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posted by boffo [34 posts]
14th August 2010 - 8:19

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Why not try some of the new Bontrager Nebula QR mudguards? They are a lot cleaner looking than the Crud ones.

Keep your bell on the commuter bike dude!

posted by David French [49 posts]
15th August 2010 - 16:25


Nowt wrong with mudguards. They were supposed to come off my commute in the spring, however they're still in place, and the winter is approaching...... Surprise

posted by martyntr [120 posts]
21st August 2010 - 20:51

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