Training in the rain? It will only take one ride in wet conditions to confirm your fenders were a great investment. Not only do fenders keep the skunk-stripe off your back, keep your feet and legs drier and the road spray off your face, they also help to keep your entire bike – drivetrain and saddle bag included – cleaner.
Your riding buddies will thank you when you arrive at the group ride with fenders installed. When roads are wet, fenders reduce the spray your rear wheel kicks up onto the rider behind you. Fenders are good for you, and others!
Selecting the correct fenders for your gravel or road bike requires a bit of homework before you make the purchase.
- Does your bike have fender mounts? Where are they?
- How much tire clearance do you need?
- Do you want to leave your fenders on all winter, or will you be taking them on and off often.
Bolt-on fenders are the sturdiest, so if you are riding a lot, over bumpy terrain, and plan to leave your fenders on for the season, this is the way to go. The Devote frame was designed with the mounting holes you need for fenders, however, you may need to purchase additional hardware that isn’t sold with the fenders. If you are unsure about what fenders to buy and what hardware you might need, pay a visit to your local bike shop and they will certainly be able to help you find the fenders that are right for your road or gravel bike.
If a mountain bike is your steed of choice, adding a front and rear fender will provide you with the same benefits as on any other bike. You will stay warmer, drier, and come home with less mud on your face (and your butt) in sloppy, winter conditions. (Never ride in conditions that could lead to trail damage)
Mountain bike fenders are often called mudguards; they provide more tire clearance and are designed to be compatible with suspension mountain bikes. Front mudguards are typically easy to install with zip ties and attached to your front fork. Seat post or saddle mounted mudguards are great choices as rear mountain bike fenders; they are highly adjustable and stay out of the way of your rear tire.
No matter the type of bike or the type of fender, make sure there is plenty of clearance between the fender and your tire, and the fender and your brakes. If you are between fender sizes, choose the size that provides the most clearance.