I have 2 folders. One of them-my 2003 Boardwalk-has fenders and a rear rack. The other-my new Brompton C Type-does not. I am currently trying to decide: 1. If I should keep the fenders on my Boardwalk when I buy new tires for it soon and buy similar tires like it has now (Kenda Quest). Or remove the fenders and purchase "Big Apple" tires if they fit the forks, rims and brakes? 2. Should I add a rear rack and fenders on the Brompton?
I live in Southern California. I never ride in rain or snow since the drivers here are very careless and tend to rack up collisions during any sort of poor weather conditions. One of the primary reasons I purchase each folder was the option that if it rains or snows, I could fold up the bike and seek alternative trasportation. I am concerned that fenders/mudguards do more than just protect from water spays. What is that? Could someone from less than ideal weather conditions areas enlighten me?