I was standing in the queue at the Co-Op, and in front of me was a cyclist. Tall, thin, helmet, cycle trousers, and a shiny yellow reflective top. You know the type, and most of us have been seen with at least some of this gear, on our bikes.
But anyway, all down the back of his yellow reflective top was a thick line of mud/gunge! Yes, he was a cyclist without a back wheel mudguard. It was totally yucky, and the person behind me in the queue nearly bumped me into it, though fortunately my basket got in the way.
I mean – there’s all sorts of horrible stuff on the roads. For example, roads are where dogs sometimes do their business, if their owner has forgotten the poop scoop or poly bag. Yet cyclists without back mudguards seem happy to have this gunge sprayed up their backs.
I do not understand this. A plastic mudguard weighs nothing at all, so…why?