The Advantages of Bicycle Fenders

The Advantages of Bicycle Fenders
Rain, mud, slush and puddles are some of a cyclist's worst enemies. Riding without fenders can make you wet and cold, and can damage your bicycle. By installing bicycle fenders, you can lengthen the life of your bike, stay dry when pedaling through splashy terrain and keep your focus on the road instead of on what part of you is getting wet.

Stay Dry

Fenders keep you dry. If damp days, mud puddles or the threat of rain has ever kept you from riding your bike, a good pair of fenders can get you back in the saddle. By arching over the tops and sides of your wheels, fenders channel water away from you--water that would otherwise shoot up in the air and onto you. Some fenders come equipped with mud flaps, as well, which keeps even more water, mud and debris away from you and your bike.


Stay Safe

Fenders keep you safe. Your bike tires can kick up all kinds of debris from the road or the trail, especially in wet and muddy conditions. Fenders protect your eyes and your body from water, nails, road salt, broken glass and pebbles. Without the distraction of getting wet or avoiding flying debris, you can focus on traffic and trail conditions.

Stay Tuned Up

Fenders help keep your bike clean. By redirecting mud, water, slush and gravel away from your bike frame and its sensitive components and accessories, you will lengthen the life of your bike and keep it in better working condition. You will also have to clean your bike much less often. Bikes with fenders have longer lasting paint jobs and less rust than bikes without fenders.



Article Written By Jake Kulju

Jake Kulju is a Minneapolis-based freelance outdoors writer with 10 years' experience. He is an outdoors guidebook author for Avalon Travel and his work is regularly published in "Outdoor Traditions Magazine" and "Naturescape News." His nature-based poetry is published in "Poetry Canada" and "Farmhouse Magazine." Kulju holds an English degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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