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MTB Mudguards: Functional or Flunktional?

Mudguards for bikes are one of the oldest and easiest accessories to customise a bike for the conditions, whether it’s it’s been raining a day, week, or a British winter. They can be made from anything malleable enough to get around the curves of a bike, but still strong enough to repel stones and elements of the weather to serve their purpose, and because of this, it’s not uncommon to see hacked versions produced in a pinch, often out of a recently enjoyed tub of ice-cream!

If you’re in a pinch, making a mudguard yourself is possible, but if you’ve got the time, it’s definitely worth getting a professionally produced one for a great price over at Pushy’s.

Australia is a mercurial landmass, rapidly alternating between drought and flood, so it’s an undeniable advantage to have a mudguard in your garage to attach to your bike when the rains do come. Whether you have made it from a second hand ice cream tub or you tipped your local IT guru a six pack to have it 3D printed in his suburban study, what matters is that it can guard against mud. However, mud isn’t all you’ll come across on the trail. There is no shortage of rocks, sticks, and dust littering the trail waiting for their chance to meet your bike, and to take their share paint with them. Is that enough to leave a mudguard on when the rain gods have dusted (pun intended) and put their legs up on the ottoman for the season? In my experience, the answer is a resounding yes.

Regardless of their utility, there’s no denying that fenders add a splash of style to your bike! Photo Credit: Pinkbike.com

I’ve been racing mountain bikes for 7 years now and every bike I have owned has had a mudguard of some description. I’ve raced in all sorts of less than ideal conditions, and time after time, I’ve found nothing but advantages to keeping your mudguard on all season long. With its primary advantage first, it does its job of catching mud on itself before it flicks up into the void in front of your eyes, only for you to ride into it fractions of a second later. Secondly, it makes sure any of the aforementioned ground critters return to earth without my precious, not to mention expensive, paint. Thirdly, I don’t have to worry about the niggling thought of checking the weather to see if it is worth attaching my mudguard for my Sunday morning race laps because it is already on. Fourthly, a fork mounted mudguard protects your vulnerable fork stanchions from rock chips and excess dust loading into the seals. At the other end of the bike, a seat stay mounted guard will protect your stays, frame struts, and seat tube from chips by deflecting them out and down with the tyre’s rotation. The fifth and final advantage of a mudguard is purely a cosmetic one. You can sticker it up, throw your instagram handle on it, or represent your favourite bike shop (hint hint) on the roll!

MTB Mudguards_ Functional or Flunktional
The Dirtsurfer mud guards are a great addition to any mountain bike!

Having lined up the perfect segue, Dirtsurfer Mudguards are my guard of choice. They offer excellent coverage with a wide berth to catch more mud on fat tyres and fins to protect the fork stanchions too. They are made from 100% recycled durable plastic to deflect the toughest clay and rocks before your bike does – a nice touch by the local Australian company. They are available in many different designs to everyone’s taste. If your taste is Pushys like mine, they’ve got you covered too! The icing on the cake for these environmentally friendly guards: they come with 4 cable ties for instant installation, and a coaster for your post ride park bench Powerade. Grab yourself a Dirtsurfer from Pushys Online so you can worry less and ride more!

By Pushys Sponsored Athlete – Kaiden Carter

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