At Dirt Gloves, we recently rolled out our latest-and-greatest mountain biking accessory with the Dirt Gloves Mudguard. We’re darn proud of it, too. Made from ultra-flexible HDPE, ultra-lightweight, and universally compatible, it’s the mudguard you’ve always needed in your life. And so, today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of having a piece like the Dirt Gloves Mudguard on your bike -- and believe us, there are plenty. With a mudguard, you get a whole lot for a pretty small investment. So with all that said, let’s get into it!
The first reason (and some would say the most obvious) for having a mudguard on your mountain bike is all-around comfort. A proper mudguard is going to prevent grime, gunk, and water from flying up all over you. This, in turn, will keep you dryer, warmer, and more comfortable. The less you have to think about how wet and muddy you are, the more you can focus on your trail performance. Riders are often surprised at the difference this little piece can make when riding in less-than-perfect conditions.
Better for Your Friends
Your riding buddies will thank you. In fact, many mountain biking clubs require that all members use mudguards during wet weather. And for good reason, too -- mudguards don’t just benefit you, they’re going to help everyone who’s on the trail with you. The last thing you want to do is fling mud up at your buddies behind you. It’s just common courtesy. We won’t say a mudguard will make you a better person, but it’s a mighty considerate thing to include on your bike.
So, we’ve talked about the riders benefitting from mudguards, but what about the hardware? Mountain biking trails are hard enough on the metal and moving parts of your machine as is. The last thing you need is more gunk getting into your bike’s parts. Without a mudguard, you’re going to allow even more dirt and grime to get into the bearings and drivetrain of your mountain bike. This means less unnecessary maintenance and a longer lifespan for your mountain bike. We will say, though -- buying a mudguard doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean your bike! It’ll just help keep those pieces of machinery running smoother for longer. In our book, that’s a win.
Unsurprisingly, mountain biking is rough when you’re soaked in freezing-cold mud. Mudguards are going to keep you dry, and allow you to focus more on your own performance. In addition, you’re more likely to spend extra time on your bike when you’re feeling comfortable, instead of being in a hurry to get home and dry off.
Say goodbye to the ol’ mud line running up your back. It’s not the best look, and it’s not the best feeling either. You can throw that jersey through the wash a few dozen times if you want, but chances are, that streak of brown-black mud isn’t coming out. Get a Dirt Mudguard and save yourself the headache.