/ Cheaper mudguards and puncture-proof set-up for road bike
I'm after some mudguards for my bike, but there isn't room under the brakes for one.
I've found these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/sks-raceblade-long-mudguards/rp-prod82995
which look like they will do the job. They are very expensive though. I need something similar but they don't need to be removable, so happy for proper bolt-on guards if needed.
Also, I need tyres. Going to be using the bike for the commute and to cut down general use of the car. Mostly tarmac but some of it quite broken/farm tracks and through town. I am looking at the Schwalbe Marathon 700x25c. Do you think it's worth getting slime tubes as well? I know it will be a heavy set-up but as I say, reliability is key. Or do slime tubes and cheaper tyres work just as well?
For mud guards try these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/crud-roadracer-mk2-mudguard-set/
There are lots of different models of Marathons. From about 10,000 kms on one pair of Marathon Plus, I'd say with those in particular, no - you don't need any funny inner tubes as well. The tires are heavy and expensive but last forever (well since 2008 in my case), whilst I seem to be getting through a pair of road tires a year on my road bike!
Race-blades for me - the crud ones wouldn't come close to fitting - woudl even go through the gap, let alone fit without rubbing. If your bike has mounts for mudguards you'll probbaly be better placed
It says designed with mudguard clearance, but it looks tight to me. Saying that, I'm more of a mountain biker than roadie! The guards will stay on once fitted so something tough, cheap, and offering full coverage is more important than weight or aerodynamics.
As for the Marathons, I was looking at the Marathon Greenguard 700x25c.
I am skint, so keeping my usual tubes would save me a few quid!
I might look to fitting panniers one day and doing some touring on it, but for now I just want to commute on it.
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