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Help clean up the ocean and stay spotless with RideGuard’s new gravel guards

RideGuard launch eco-friendly low-profile gravel mudguards with a universal fitting to keep you clean while supporting the company’s mission for cleaner oceans

Handmade in Bristol from 100% Recycled Plastic Post Industrial Waste, RideGuard’s new clip-on guards are 100% recyclable and promise to give “instant protection from wheel spray and dirt”.

RideGuard say they have been “utilising one of the most damaging waste streams—discarded fishing gear” in their products. Their manufacturing process is designed to be as low-impact as possible too, with all waste trimmed during production being recycled back into more products.

As part of their ongoing OceanX project, the eco-conscious company has already removed three tonnes of discarded fishing nets and hope to remove a further two (or more!) tonnes with the profits made from the Vision and Gaiter sales.

The mini guards are specifically designed for gravel and cyclocross bikes. The Vision is for the front end and fits bikes with 23mm-60mm tyres, while the Gaiter covers the rear wheel and is effective for tyres between 23mm-40mm.

RideGuard Gaiter

If your rubber is wider than that there are other options in their MTB range, with the PF1 (front) and PF2 (rear) that also boast eco-friendly qualities.

RideGuard claim the guards are “quick and easy to install”, and attach themselves to the saddle rails/fork legs with reusable zip ties. Transparent Heli-Tap is also provided to protect the paintwork of the bike.

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The company has said they are on the look-out for a more environmentally friendly method of attachment than zip ties, but for the time being, reusable ones are at least better than disposable.

The guards come in a wide variety of designs, from plain black and subtle camo print right up to full on sea-monster-of-the-deep Kraken motifs—the exact level of your desire to be noticed can be accommodated.

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Tipping the scales at 20g for the Vision and 15g for the Gaiter, they weigh less than the water weight of soaked clothes from unprotected wet weather riding.

By working with Surfers Against Sewage and Trash Free Trails, the company’s green initiatives also extend to direct action.

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PedalVelo | 3 years ago

I have used the vision for a couple of weeks now and it doesn't claim to be a full mudguard but it does a great job as advertised for keeping mud and spray out of my face. 

the little onion | 3 years ago

These tiny things look as useful as a chocolate tea pot. How much mud will they actually guard against?


We need a side by side comparison - two bikes, one with these guards and one without, should be ridden on the same muddy route. Then should use their splatometer to calculate the amount of mud on each rider and bike, and the difference these guards have made. I suspect that there will be no discernable difference in the splatometer readings.

Sredlums replied to the little onion | 3 years ago
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Spot on. (yeah, I know)

Though I do support the eco part (and at the same time look at it sceptically) these front splash 'guards' are about as useful as those ridiculously short things on many enduro bikes. Way too short.

Ben Gaby replied to Sredlums | 3 years ago

As one of the owners of RideGuard, I couldn't ignore your comment on being sceptical of our environmental purpose. Quite simply the RideGuard business exists to put time and money into positive environmental work. As a full time volunteer for marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, and having spent the previous two years establishing Trash Free Trails, (both of which are unpaid), neither would be possible without revenue from RideGuard. 

Zermattjohn replied to the little onion | 3 years ago
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A chocolate teapot is more useful - you can eat it. 

The rear is ok, a little like the old ass savers - I have one to keep the bum clean of mud/spray when it's a bit damp - the phrase 'bit damp' is key here. But really, what is the point of that front 'guard'?

Ben Gaby replied to the little onion | 3 years ago

Hello little onion. Sadly we didn't test a chocolate tea pot as part of our design process, as you say it probably wouldn't be that effective as a mudguard. We have spent several months testing the Vision guard on multiple gravel bikes and they do stop spray from reaching your eyes and face, keep your lower bearings dry, along with handlebar mounted bags. If you want dry legs and feet, stick to full mudguards!

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