I need to get new fenders/mudguards, and I also need to get a pannier rack.

As I understand it, these can sometimes be bought as one unit, they can obviously be bought separately, and I am not sure if one can buy them as a pair that are desgined to go together, but not actually welded together (i.e. could be used separately)

Between these 2/3 options, is there any general advice as to which is better.

Bike will be used pretty much just on road/paths, most for commuting, very old standard frame.

  • 2
    I vaguely recall once seeing a picture of a combo fender and pannier assembly, but it's certainly not common. I'm thinking the kit was designed for a full suspension bike where there was no good mounting for either, save by cantilevering off the seat post. Sep 20, 2014 at 12:30
  • No, I've never seen combi panniers/fenders. The only thing that springs to mind is the faff of fitting them (might be easier to fit a single piece of kit than to get two bits of kit to boogie) but even this goes out of the window if you're planning on using your lbs
    – PeteH
    Sep 20, 2014 at 15:06
  • Some racks have a lengthwise plate that could function as a fender. It is good for keeping your back clean, but doesn't cover the rest.
    – BPugh
    Sep 21, 2014 at 23:52
  • @BPugh on the topeak super tourist (quite a nice rack if rather heavy, and some good bags for it) it doesn't even do that because the mud comes up too far back. I modded mine with the addition of a tail made from a very cheap plastic mudguard which made a huge difference.
    – Chris H
    Oct 7, 2014 at 16:39
  • @ChrisH, yep I saw that with my Topeak Explorer rack as well. It kept my back clean but bag and light would get it (along with the rest of the bike). I ended up putting in some fenders to go with it and haven't looked back. I recommend the separate route because stuff happens. Both my rack and my fenders have been damaged in some way over time, and should the damage be a total loss, it would be much easier (and cheaper) to fix.
    – BPugh
    Oct 7, 2014 at 18:18

1 Answer 1


If your bicycle and riding style will permit it, I would certainly recommend getting "proper" fenders / mudguards which are close to the wheel and cover it a good portion of the way round. These will do the best job at keeping spray away from you and from the rest of the bike.

You say old standard frame - so that sounds like it may well have the right attachments for fenders / mudguards.

I spent many years commuting year round in London - 12 miles each way, and spent a great deal of time and bitter experience optimizing my set up. I tried different bike set ups and a variety of fenders / mudguards and by far the most effective were the SKS thermoplastic ones which sit very close to the wheel. They stop the most spray going up your back / butt and over the bike.

If the weather is reasonably inclement the difference between ok and good fenders is a lot…in my experience of riding through driving rain, sleet and snow!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.