I’m a big fan of fenders. I’ve had them on almost every commuting bike I’ve owned since the 1980′s. Besides helping to keep the rider clean and dry in wet weather, they help to keep road grime off of the bike, reducing the amount of maintenance and cleaning required while also prolonging drivetrain and component life. Personally, I like to keep fenders on year ’round as they also protect the bike and rider from lawn and agricultural runoff in the summer.
How about you? Do you run fenders on your transpo bikes? If so, do you leave them on all year or do you remove them during the dry season?