What are bike fenders for?
A fender is essentially a covering for your bike tires that protects you from the rain. Riding with fenders will prevent the rain from splashing a streak of muddy water up your back, over your shoes and on your face.
Do you really need fenders on a bike?
For transportation cyclists, fenders aren’t a strict necessity, but they are an incredibly functional accessory for any city rider or commuter.
Can you put fenders on any bike?
Once you have determined that your bike can take metal fenders, they need to be installed correctly. Aluminum fenders cannot simply be slapped onto any bike, but once installed, they do work much better and usually last much longer than plastic fenders.
How do I choose a bike fender?
Measuring for Fenders. The basic rule in fender fitting is that the fender should be at least 8mm wider than the tire; 10-12 mm is better. So if you’re running 32mm or 1 1/4″ (for 27″) tires, get 45mm fenders. If you’re running 42mm tires, get 50 or 52mm Fenders.
How well do bike fenders work?
Fenders make a tremendous difference when you are riding roads that are wet from drizzle, recent rain, or snowmelt. In a hard rain, you may become wet with clean rain from above, but fenders will protect your body and bicycle from the mud and sand kicked up from dirty puddles and rivulets.
Do you need a front fender?
Your front fender will prevent those rocks and pebbles from hitting you and potentially the engine as well. Especially for engines where the spark plug is placed in a very exposed location to the road, the front fender helps keep it protected from the elements and damage.
Do bicycle fenders work?
How do I know what size fender I need for my bike?
Check your tire width (which is printed on the side of your tire), and choose fenders at least 8mm wider than the tire. For example, if you’re running a 42mm tire, choose fenders that are at least 50mm wide.
Do fenders slow down a bike?
Re: Do mudguards slow you down (much)? Well-mounted metal fenders do not affect the bike’s aerodynamics. The front section of each fender shields the tire and reduces the wind resistance, while the rear fender increases the aerodynamic drag.