I don’t know.
I don’t live in a rainy climate. I don’t commute. I don’t normally do long rides in the rain. I don’t take rides that last so long that the weather changes much.
They’re hard to install, make it harder to cram the bike behind the seat of my truck, and weigh more than nothing.
So why do I have fenders?
Look how low that front fender goes. Notice how much lower it is than the bottom bracket. I can’t go off a standard curb without bashing the bottom of the fender.
I guess I have been hoping that fenders might keep the bike a little cleaner on all those dusty gravel road rides. I guess I thought that if I hit the occasional mud puddle, maybe I wouldn’t have mud splattered all over me and I’d have less bike washing to do. I guess I thought that if I had fenders I would NOT have THIS…
Yeah, I know about mudflaps.
But I’m still reconsidering fenders.