Do you really need mudguards?

A seasonal favourite question that always polarises opinions. Dress your bike for winter, or suck up the muck, asks James Bracey

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As thoughts turn to winter riding it’s inevitable that discussion with your fellow riders will focus on the more practical aspects of riding at this time of year. Questions such as how do I keep warm on the bike, do I fit puncture resistant tyres and the ultimate — ‘do I need to fit mudguards?’ will be asked.

It is a rare rider who prefers the look of mudguards over the uncluttered aesthetic of a summer race bike, and many also find their association with the less ‘cool’ aspects of cycling such as touring and Audax riding an immediate turn-off.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.