There are some features that are essential, some that are optional but nice and some that are not at all necessary but fun. I'm going to start with the necessary features.
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about chainguards. Today I'm going to talk about mudguards, aka fenders.
Photo courtesy of Tavallai
Mudguards protect your clothes when you ride through puddles that collect from irrigation, construction or the occasional rain (like we had this morning...ahhhh). How often does this happen here in dry dry Arizona, you might ask? Who knows, maybe once a month or once a year. But do you really want to miss out on a lovely ride after (or in) the rain (highly recommended) or accidentally ruin your work clothes while commuting?