One of the things we love about hosting cyclists is the chance to learn new things.
The latest couple to come through – Bez & Dave – proudly showed us how they’d made their mudguards (or fenders) a bit longer than the standard shop variety.
Using a thin yet relatively stiff sheet of rubber (easily found in local hardware or do-it-yourself shops) and some zip ties, this is what they came up with:
According to Bez & Dave, the longer mudguards are just the thing to keep every last bit of mud and dirt off your legs and bags – an essential addition to any touring bike if you end up pedalling through a lot of rainy territory.
After we initially published this tip, we heard from Julie and Mark – another cycling couple who’ve also turned their hands to making mudguards.
They are made from damp-proof course, which you can buy in builders merchants. We use nuts and bolts to attach the mudflap.
Photo by Julie & Mark.