I have been deliberating for a while now whether to take off my mudguards on the road bike? They have never really come off since last year (which says a lot about riding this summer), yes they are practical and useful for commuting but they do spoil the lines and are (in my opinion) a faff to fit and maintain on a conventional 700c road bike. I have just got back from a lunch time spin for an hour and while I appreciate not having a wet arse, they did rub on the entire ride especially when out of the saddle, so off they have come! So what next, waterproof clothing or just the acceptance that we live in a country with a prevailing westerly wind that brings inclement weather. I say, just get out and ride!