One of the most commonly requested upgrades to the new bikes we sell is that addition of mudguards and racks.
It is common now for many new bikes to be supplied as standard without mudguards. We have not really got a good answer for why this is, other than these bikes are sold all over the world and large sections of it have blue sky and sunshine for most of the year. Unfortunatley we do not and so the addition of mudguards is a good idea.
Nearly all Trek Hybrids and Sport Mountain Bikes have the required mounting points to add mudguards. These are th full length style that wrap around the wheel providing the maximum protection from spray. If your bike does not have the mounts there are other options available.
Racks enable you to carry loads on your bike. Often a rucksack is not big enough, makes your back sweaty and not really great for carrying heavier items. When you fit a proper rack to your bike you will have the option to fit pannier bags to it. Another option of a rack can be the fitment of a child seat. There are various options available to mount a child seat, but rack mounted are especially secure and can carry a heavier child. Most of the Trek Hybrid and Sport Mountain Bike range have the required mounting points for racks.
Rack bags, also called panniers, are specially designed to fit to the bike rack. They usually clip on and can then be carried like a briefcase. Depending on how much you want to carry, panniers go from small to large. They are also available with waterproof options if you intend to commute all year round. Heavy duty panniers are good for doing teh shopping and carrying heavier items.
So if you want advice, or would like to talk through your options then call in store. We always recommend having mudguards fitted by us. It can be a fiddly and it’s easier to have your bike prepared ready to ride.