Our guide to the best mudguards for winter riding
Unless you like getting an eye full of mud, then you’ll be wanting to take precautions to stop mud flinging up from the front wheel into your face this winter. A front mudguard is the best way, and there are loads on the market offering a range of protection.
Cast aside any worries that a mudguard doesn’t look good on your bike, we’re seeking improved performance in the winter here and keeping the mud out of your eyes will let you ride faster when the trail gets boggy. There are plenty of choices on the market, as this roundup of the six best mudguards shows.
The most famous of all mudguards, and one that has been around since the early days of the sport. It’s changed a lot over the years, but the basic concept remains the same – a piece of plastic zip tied to the down tube. They are easy to fit to just about any bike no matter how large the down tube is, and work well to prevent a reasonable amount of mud and spray from hitting your face. The window of protection is pretty narrow though, and very limited when turning the front wheel. Better than nothing however, and they look good on any bike.