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Full length fenders

When rolling on wet pavement, especially at higher speeds, your tires will fling water that contains grit and maybe oil. Unless you have full-length fenders (a.k.a. mud guards), your clothing and bicycle will get soiled.

Front full-length fender on a mountain bike Rear full-length fender on a mountain bike

Those shiny curved black plastic pieces in the pictures are Freddy Fenders. They seem to be tough and of good quality. One nice thing about them is that they are available in several colors, if black is too boring for you.

An issue often occurs if you mount a rear cargo rack and fenders on a bicycle. Both the rear fender and the rack need a mounting hole, and many bikes only have one hole on each side. They must share a hole, and the screw that goes in it, as shown in the photograph below.

Rear fender and cargo rack, sharing mounting bolt on rear of a mountain bike frame

The black object is the rack's support, and to its right you can see the two metal rods which support the fender. After that photo was taken, I switched the rack support to be closest to the frame; my goal was to have the heavy weight of the rack pressing down on the screw near where it's threaded into the bike frame. That screw was actually being bent out of shape, and I wanted to avoid having that get worse.

The screws supplied with racks and fenders are typically too short to allow what's shown in that photo above. The 5mmX20mm screw shown above is one of a pair I had to buy at a hardware store.