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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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dave atkinson [6210 posts] 5 years ago
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Aren't you worried about your bike getting dirty?

Ah no, wait. I've seen your paddy wagon  4

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 5 years ago
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is 'paddy wagon' some sort of euphemism?

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 5 years ago
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get your coat

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Agent57 [4 posts] 5 years ago
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The guy behind you will probably appreciate your rear mudguard.  4

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Flo K [42 posts] 5 years ago
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ouch.....

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boffo [34 posts] 5 years ago
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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  4

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David French [50 posts] 5 years ago
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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!

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martyntr [119 posts] 5 years ago
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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......  13