SKS Bluemels Road Mudguards

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by Agony Guy   June 27, 2013  

Matte black goodness


These are great mudguards until they break. And they always break.


The front one is fine. Unfortunately it is tainted by association with its partner, which can't handle the stress of its job and eventually cracks. How long it lasts might depend on how much money your council has to keep the roads in good repair.

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My distaste for planned obsolescence aside, as documented here and in more detail here I actually like fixing mudguards. They're not too complicated. I can understand them. A broken guard gives me the opportunity to feel handy, which happens infrequently enough to approach the job with some enthusiasm. They aren't always salvageable, but it's fun to try.

Mudguard recycling is on Wednesdays

Not everybody cares for mudguards, even if they can fit them, tyre clearance increasingly being measured in microns. Some claim they are too ugly to be allowed on anything as beautiful as a bicycle. According to one authority, "They're just slowing you down by being there." But if, like me, you feel vulnerable to the universal solvent without them,

Water hazard

you're advised to keep looking.

Rating out of 10
5. Fair's fair, they keep you half dry. If you're prepared to bodge a fix you might rate them higher out of pride or prejudice.

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As it happens I had to do a fixing bodge on my set of these last weekend. Random piece of holey metal from bottom of toolbox. Couple of random nuts and bolts saved from who-knows-where in a "these will come in useful one day" moment. Two zip ties. Sorted.

If they were stronger they'd be heavier wouldn't they? I've got a pair of solid metal 'guards kicking around in the shed somewhere which are no doubt unbreakable but they're not getting anywhere near a bike I'm likely to want to accelerate to over 15mph.

posted by Bhachgen [107 posts]
27th June 2013 - 17:53


If they were stronger they'd be heavier wouldn't they?

Some mornings when I leave my bike outside while getting ready for a ride, I find a spider has hopped on board and started spinning without me. Here's a thought:

Spider silk is lightweight, flexible, waterproof— and one of the toughest materials in the world.

Might there be applications here for bike components such as mudguards? They already tried saddles.

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posted by Agony Guy [43 posts]
28th June 2013 - 9:11


Spent the morning waiting for these. I never learn.

The Haribo aren't vegan, either.

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posted by Agony Guy [43 posts]
5th July 2013 - 13:20


Never had them break on me over thousands of miles including tours, ferry and train transfers etc.

Though I think I'm using the next size up, on a fast hybrid. Which some people would rather rake their eyes out then ride.

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posted by PJ McNally [602 posts]
7th July 2013 - 7:17


posted by Bhachgen [107 posts]
8th July 2013 - 16:33


On my way back from a ride the other day I passed a car that had rather dramatically flipped over. (No injuries.) I told you the roads are bad around here.

Latest idea: leaving the rear guard unattached in the middle, to introduce as little stress as possible. A ring of foam wrapped around the brake bolt lightly holds it in place and keeps it from rattling. Seems to work.

But after a minor interlude of bodging satisfaction I took the guards off again. The danger of removing them in the first place and riding around with the naked bike for a few days is that I fell for the increased simplicity, this already being a simplespeed. My other main bike has different and uglier if much sturdier guards (been on there for a dozen years) and may take over all wet weather duty.

This fiddling with guards was a mere warmup to a much longer session of Find the Source of the Noise. Tick tick tick with each turn of the cranks. Crossed off pedals, shoes, chain, rear sprocket, and bottom bracket from the list of culprits before it finally occurred to me to remove the front chainring and clean all the bolt holes. Clicking gone. And there was yet another noise drama folded into this: changing the chain, which needed retiring anyway, introduced an aggravating bumpy whirr until I realised it might be a good idea to change the sprocket, too. Bikes: love them, hate them, love them.

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posted by Agony Guy [43 posts]
11th July 2013 - 8:55


Wot? No pop rivets? They were invented for fixing mudguards! Wink


posted by Grizzerly [206 posts]
30th July 2013 - 17:15


Been running mine for over a year, no problems, but I did take the time to fettle them in correctly, and used a neat rubber gromit arrangement on the rear center fixing, bombproof.

posted by CarbonBreaker [92 posts]
31st July 2013 - 23:05


Mine snapped as per picture 2, and then halfway between that point and the rear mount, all within 4 months. Weren't even screwed to the seat stay bridge, either. Araldite and duct tape until I can be bothered to get some metal ones from Velo Orange or Gilles Berthoud - commuter bike, so not worried about the weight penalty.

posted by Dr_Lex [214 posts]
2nd August 2013 - 13:21


What about the Crud Roadracer mk2 ?

I just got a new road bike and put these on, and have to say they are very good. They seem to cope with the bumps pretty well but I hope never to encounter a pothole!

For their primary purpose, they work:- I don't get wet bum, stripe and my white back stays relatively clean and it's relatively easy to get off when you don't want it.(Just have a stack of cable ties at hand when you need to put them back on).

You have the choice of attaching various tips to build up the whole arch and they don't look too bad on my bike. However, one lesson I have learnt is to tighten the little plastic nuts once a day as they seem to get loose.

posted by CycleLuddite [10 posts]
5th August 2013 - 12:40


Can't beat Mr Crud Road Race 2, IMO.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [538 posts]
14th August 2013 - 16:06