Bicycles/Equipment and Accessories/Fenders
Fenders, also known as mudguards in some English-speaking countries, are a very useful accessory for riding in wet weather. They block spray from the road, preventing a lot of water and dirt from hitting you and your bicycle. This makes riding more comfortable and reduces the amount of grit that gets in bearings, etc., increasing component lifetime. Large full coverage fenders provide the best performance. Smaller, shorter fenders can be easier to install, but will block less spray from the road. Fenders come in different sizes for different size wheels. On some frames with little clearance between the frame and tires, fitting fenders can be difficult.