Cycling in Melbourne Australia
I am busy looking at getting a new commuter bike. To start with, the biggest change I plan to make is to move from a mountain bike to a road frame with 700c rims and drop bars. I cycle 35km each way, often with a headwind, so the lighter frame and drop bars will probably make a difference.
What I am a little undecided about is the approach I should take to mud flaps. I am considering the concept of using a frame that has attachments available to use full mudguards on the front and rear wheels, in the hope that will reduce the amount of crud that the wheels throw up into my drive-train. I will probably stick with a dérailleur-based system, rather than going for an Alfine system, as it just looks like too few bike shops are able to service the Alfine hubs. As a result I want to try to see if I can protect my drivetrain as much as possible. Hopefully, mudguards will make a difference.
Can anyone relate experiences, or give their thoughts on their approach to mudguards?
G'day Geoff, I put cheap plastic mud guards on my commuter bike and I love them.
The main reason I put them on was to reduce the spray onto me and they do that well.
I have never thought about how effective they are at reducing the crud onto the drive system.
My first thoughts are probably only a bit because the drive system is below the guards.
Let me know how you go.
You can check mine out here: