As the bad weather has been with us now for the last couple of months I thought I’d fit some full fenders to my bike in the hope of cherishing the winter months a little more and also help diminish the indulgence of regular rainfall. For those that venture out during the cold months there’s something about preparing your bike fully for the winter roads and then submitting yourself to the solitude of those long cold wet training hours, of course the sensible one’s stay indoors. So I had a search around on the web and ordered a set of the SKS Bluemels and set about mounting them. I must be going soft!
At just over £25 you can’t complain
The SKS Bluemels are an aluminium plastic mudguard-set for both the front and rear wheel. Described as consisting of a sandwich-construction in which very thin aluminium foil is encapsulated. They are light in weight but at the same time robust and strong. I ordered the matt black Olympic racer version to fit 25mm tyres from Sigma Sport which cost me £25.78 in the sale. What I do like about these fenders is that they have an automatic stay release in the form of an ASR – a plug to help release any crud caught up in the tyres which sometimes lead to the blocking of the front wheel. They automatically unclip if blocked.
The stainless steel stays on the Bluemels are easily trimmed with a hacksaw, to fit them I allowed two evenings as it can be a bit of a faff, but once fitted they are solid!
Aesthetically, the matt black plastic of the Bluemels will suit most machines, and they clean up well, requiring nothing more than hot soapy water and a sponge to bring them back to that ‘fresh from the box’ look.
As you all know my bike frame set is a Bowman Pilgrims which I purchased last year. The frame can be fitted with full length traditional mudguards and the picture above shows the Bluemels fitted. To mount them you have to make use of the supplied 3D Printed mudguard attachments consisting of a fork mudguard clamp and a mudguard brace, the latter provided due to the frame having no bridge, this to allow for wider than standard tyres. Also your able to make use of the hidden guard eyes at the top of the rear dropout. Behind the bottom bracket I secured the rear mudguard simply using a couple of cable ties which seems to work fine.
I had to get a new longer bolt to run through the mudguard mount, though the fork and also secure the front dynamo light. All looks and works fine.
I’ve been riding with these mudguards on for over a week now. They work a treat, are solid and with very little rubbing. OK, they wont keep me dry, well not as dry as I’d like to be but at least it will help the more vulnerable areas of the bike. Winter is a tough time for the bike, at times I feel like I’m spending as many hours cleaning my bike as I’m actually riding it. Hopefully these mudguards will help protect the bits from the scummy surface water collected on the roads.
If your planning on riding the roads through winter, do it, you know it makes sense!
Ride safe folks and be seen!