On every bike there are a few parts that really don't need to be there, but when you do, you'll be glad they are. And that's where the bike mudguards definitely belong. Don't think so? Well, watch this: The sun is shining, you're pedaling movie-like through the enchanting landscape. Oh, a drop. And another one. It's starting to pour. You've read our text about rain jackets and so you just quickly slip into the rain jacket you have with you. But as you drive on, you notice that the water isn't just coming from above, no, your tires are splashing it up from below. The best rain jacket won't help!
Mud flaps provide a remedy here, because they catch everything that the tires would fling through the area. And that doesn't just include rainwater, of course; dust or small stones also get caught in the splash guard and fall back onto the road, where they belong!
If you don't have a splash guard, you can retrofit fenders. If you have lost something, you can also buy spare parts for damaged mudguards in our online shop.
Various types of splash guards:
- Fixed bike mudguards.
- Plug-in bike mudguards
- loose bike mudguards
What size mudguards do I need to buy?
Fixed installed mudguards have to fit your tire size, so you can find versions in different radii here in the online shop, for 27.5 inch tires or 29 inch tires for example. Furthermore, the mudguards have to be wide enough, ideally you should buy them slightly wider than your wheels. Only then will they prevent splashing from the side. You can also extend them with a splash guard. Also mudguards come in different widths. With mudguards or ace savers this choice is not applicable.
The fenders for front wheel and rear wheel are not the same, you have to buy one fender for the front and one for the rear, so splash guards also come in a set of two.
On E-bikes in principle, any mudguard that can also be fitted to other bikes will fit. However, you should always keep in mind the higher speed you reach on your e-bike. The more firmly you attach bike accessories, the less likely you are to lose parts when riding at high speeds.
Fixed mudguards - clean forever
If you install bike fenders permanently on your bike, then you just have them with you all the time and the weather can come as it may. Usually these fenders are made of plastic or aluminum, so they don't make your bike significantly heavier .
Splash guards with side struts or without?
The longer the bike guards are, the better it is to stabilize them with side struts . Yes, the struts add some extra weight, but again, you don't want a bike fender that flaps back and forth and bangs somewhere on every bump, do you?.
Can I retrofit fixed bike mudguards?
Many bikes intended for everyday use already have mudguards fitted. If you buy a city bike, a touring bike or a trekking bike and want to use it every day to go to work or to the shops, you have to expect to be caught in the rain in our latitudes. Many other bikes are delivered without splash guards, but it is possible to retrofit them without any problems. In this case there are eyelets on the rear triangle and there is also a hole at the connection of the seat stays where a mudguard can be screwed on. For the front mudguard there are mounting points on the fork.
You'll often find these mounting eyelets on gravel bikes, hardtail mountain bikes and cross bikes.
Mudguards very close to the wheel.
The idea is pretty simple: if the mudguard is quite close to the wheel, it is not visually noticeable. True so far. But here's the problem - every now and then, bits of rock get stuck in your tire tread. If the mudguard is too close to the tyre, the stones will grind along it with every turn of the wheel. This not only causes a lot of wear on the fender, it is also very audible. The visually perfect solution then becomes an acoustic challenge every now and then and is therefore only recommended for tires with little tread.By the way, the fenders must not have too much distance to the tire because then the dirt flies past it..
Plug-in mudguards - the middle solution
Plug-in mudguards are usually made of plastic, so they are nice and light, plus they are easy to install. The front mudguard is bolted to the fork, many of these mudguards are even suspension fork compatible.
The rear mudguards are bolted to the seat tube or seat post. Premium manufacturers like SKS even offer them with an integrated rear light. The alternative to this would be a slightly larger saddle bag, so you can still load up your mud flap too..
The Ass Saver - the minimally invasive solution.
Mud flaps on road bikes - the idea gives road bike enthusiasts goosebumps. But more and more road bikes are being used as daily drivers, which means they are out in all weathers. Here, the narrow road bike tires with their non-existent tread have a clear advantage: They don't fill up with as much rainwater on the road as, for example, chunky MTB tires can, only to throw the whole soup around their rider's ears afterwards. Experience shows, however, that unfortunately enough moisture is still stirred up.
Just for that there Ass Saver. As a serious bike online shop, we save the translation of this point but rather. The plastic cards can be tucked under the saddle, protecting the biker's back from at least the roughest dirt the rear wheel throws. This works pretty well as long as you ride straight and your front wheel stays nice and snug under the downtube, because then it catches the mud that the front wheel flings.
A mudguard clamped into the fork above the front wheel would be a fitting addition, it keeps your face clean. Alternatively, a plastic dirtboard can be lashed to the downtube.
Of course, these bike guards are also suitable for mountain bikes or urban bikes, i.e. all bikes that do without a permanently installed splash guard for aesthetic reasons or also because of the weight.
The same applies to Ass Saver as to clamp-on splash guards, though - you may not be making friends on the bike path. Mudguards that extend further to the ground will keep your backseat dry, too. The less mudguard you ride, the bigger the shower for you and others.
Accessories for bike accessories?
There are indeed accessories for accessories, especially SKS has many small parts on offer that complement and perfect bike guards. Here you can get adapter sets and brackets that make sure your brand-new splash guard fits every bike and sits there tightly without rattling or wobbling. Other well-known manufacturers of small bike parts include Topeak or Monkey Link. Loose Riders and Ass Savers build Mud Guards and Ass Savers.
We also have plenty of other bike accessories for you in our online store. You can find more attachments with which you can expand and customize your bike according to your ideas and needs. For example, you can order a baggage rack so that you can transport your bags from A to B or bottle cage so that you don't run out of water on the road. Plus, BMO buy bike tools so you can service and maintain your bike yourself - and install your new fenders!