Nowadays I live in Andalucía, Spain. It rains so little I can’t really justify having a dedicated bike for wet days. From times to times we have the odd wet week. It rarely rain all day but you have to expect some showers and weather change quickly on the coast line. So this week I put the mudguards on my gravel bike so I can ride anytime without having to check for the weather.
It is kind of temporary so zefal plastic fenders and since I lost some of the fitting parts in a move there is a bit of a hack at the bridge between the seatstay. Still it does the job and protect me nicely without rattle or annoying noise.
However I must admit I have a fetish for dedicated all weather bikes with very nice permanent mudguard setups and kind of regret at times never having build one.
Very much a permanent solution - the bike is built around all weather and for comfort over speed. Honjo are Japanese jewels. Another great thing about mudguards is how they extend drivetrain life by multiples.
These are two of my modified hybrids. The ‘Kellys’ was originally a flat bar hybrid that got ‘drop-barred’. The other is an older (not stock) Marin Fairfax SC2 (2014). Mudguards are SKS. Mounting bolts glued with rubber solution as thread locker.
There are some really eagle eyed bicycle connoisseurs out there.
Ever since owning a white Manitou SX where the damper location on the left side had me put my front skewers on the right side, I never put the skewers back on the left. Why? The way I reach down to open the skewers, I use only my right hand from standing next to the bike. Yes, it’s a dura-ace 9000 hubset with CX-Ray spokes.
I have been staring at a picture of a different build of the same frame for the last couple of days, cause I really like the style and paint job! Funny to spot it here on the forum as well. What would be your complaint with it?
I thought with the right wheels and groupset I could use the Space Horse for fast rainy group rides, but compared with the Domane: the handling is ponderous, it carries a lot of extra weight when climbing, and I haven’t found the ride to be a lot more comfortable even with supple 35mm tires (compared to the Domane’s 28mm Pirelli race tires). I definitely notice it being harder to keep up on group rides, and it just doesn’t feel like it wants to go fast.
Maybe that’s normal for a (light) touring bike though–I only have road bikes to compare it to.
I do get a ton of compliments on it though, especially from non-bike people!
Rain bike of the frozen variety. 2.3“ DHRIIs and it will manage 10-20cm of soft stuff.
For unfrozen I use my stainless steel Stelbel with BBB mudguards that go under the QR and bolt under the brake arch. 10 mins to fit in autumn, but generally I prefer the turbo or running if it’s below 10 degrees and raining.
That’s a proper set of fenders/mudguards. It’s amazing how dry your feet stay when you have flaps that almost touch the ground. To me, front fenders are a waste if they are any higher than that, although a big enough pothole might be your worst enemy. Others may make fun of them, but to me, fenders are the best thing you can do to build a proper rain bike. Well, proper brake pads & rim surface (still haven’t gotten a disc brake bike) and wet chain lube are right there too if you feel that surviving a bike ride is more important than dry feet.