Fenders are a common fixture on any bicycle. Especially, with our rainy winters, here on the west coast. I've just come back from a wet morning ride and for the first time with my bike (hard to believe) I now am riding dry. Never again, will I ride with a wet stripe up my backside. Why all the fuss? It's taken me a long time to equip my road bike with the two simple pieces of plastic. Mind you, it does take me a little longer to do things. And, a good thing too, it was very cheap ... at 19 bucks! Above is my fully winterize road machine(this is what we call it up here, eh!). Some ingenious sort even thought of rubber straps that can be dismantle at a snap.
Next ... mudflaps!