Getting a ladies bike for casual riding (neighborhood and bike paths). I was looking at a style like the bikes I had as a kid: women's with fenders. I don't plan to go "off road" but thought the fenders would still be a good idea to keep any dirt or occasional puddle water from splashing up on me. Not in the immediate future, but there is a possiblity I could ride to work sometime (neighborhood roads to get there)
However, I'm finding that having fenders is limiting some of my inexpensive/light weight car carrier options (example was the Saris Thelma). So I'm trying to decide if having fenders would be worth it or not. Opinions?
On a bike I got my Mom many years ago, we ended up with no fenders but got a bike rack that had a solid shelf...so it supposedly would act something like a back fender. She never really took it out in any conditions I would know if that works or not.