Just wondering from your collective experiences if anyone can recommend a brand of road or tourer bike mudguard, more readily available down-under. I'm talking more the traditional style, covering around half of the arc of each wheel, attached with additional stays to frame eyelets... I want some better protection for me & my drivetrain.
now it seems winter has begun, at least in Perth... the less excuses I have beyond basically 'it just p!55ing down outside' for not commuting, the better.
I bought my set of the 35mm width guards from St Kilda Cycles in Melbourne for my current winter bike project (old steel frame with eyelets I had resprayed and building with old spare parts) after the recommendation from a work colleague. He uses these on his commuter and as he doesn't own a car he needs the best protection from the elements!
The previous set of full guards I had were Zefals with quickclips (checking the zefal site it looks like they have redesigned them) and were useless. The quickclips stopped holding the guard soon after fitted so I was forced to use quantities of electrical tape to make them last the one winter!
I got a pair of graphite guards fitted to my new recumbent which has a rear shock and they looked good and worked well until the rear guard snapped from vibe flex. I patched it several times with roof & gutter silicon but over time that even wore out. The front guard is still AOK. I have a touring panier rack over my rear wheel and so I glued together two side sections of a 2.4l Berri juice bottle and cable tied them to the undersiide of the rack. I left the front section of the damaged guard in place. This seems to have done the trick. There is stiil enough clearance between the guard and the tyre even when I hit a bump. I live in Tully and I have ridden to Cooktown return. There was some pretty wet sections. I have had no more worries with my new (cheap) rear guard..