Best bike fenders / mudguards for fall and winter riding 2024

They're hardly bling, but a good set of bike guards will help you to ride through winter in comfort. We've rounded up the best

Cyclist riding in winter with a set of full length mudguards
(Image credit: Future)

The basic idea behind a fender / mudguard is to stop water coming off the wheels onto your body: the longer the guards, the greater the coverage and the more protection they offer - full guards also keep a lot of salt-laden winter road spray off your bike. Very narrow guards or those that are too flat or far away from the tire will also reduce protection.

As race-oriented road bikes have become lighter and more sport focused, fittings and/or clearance for ‘proper’ guards has fallen out of favour and many people don’t have the financial wherewithal or inclination for a dedicated winter bike. All is not lost, though.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.