What are people's mudguard policy? I completed the 60 mile Lionheart Sportive yesterday, which was great fun, but conditions varied from sun, rain, dry roads, wet roads, cold wind, mud, gravel, hail..the lot! I had my Crud Roadracers on (majority of riders hadn't bothered with mudguards) and, whilst I stayed pretty clean apart from my feet, the bike looked more Cyclocross at the end necessitating, as I refer to it as, an 'on the stand, wheels off clean'. I took the mudguards off to make sure I cleaned around all the corners and, whilst normally being pretty upbeat about Roadracers, I was cursing the fiddly cable ties and thinking it was time to shed them (my wife's Trek has minimal clearance and they're a real pain to set up). They aren't 'proper mudguards', like the SKS ones I have on a hybrid which really keep the muck off, but then I like the fact that road bikes don't have all that extra gear on them. I spent last summer furiously putting the Roadracers on and off, depending on the conditions, but yesterday I really wasn't in the mood to put them back on. I wouldn't ordinarily head out in filthy conditions, unless I had to, but figured a 'simple solution' (ie an ass saver' and/or something else) might be a better option and just use the time fiddling with the mudguards to give the bike a quick clean if it gets dirty. I shouldn't really worry about clothes getting dirty; people invented washing machines and fast drying fabrics to cope with that!