My cycling buddy, T-Bone, came by one day and presented me with a couple of pieces of rubber mat and some bolts and nuts. "Here," he said, "make yourself some mudflaps. I'm tired of getting sprayed with crap."
He had a point. I have good fenders, and they have little mudflaps but they're not quite long enough to prevent that rooster tail you get on wet days. Riding behind someone in a pace line who's throwing up a typhoon of road grime is no fun.
And correcting the problem is easy and inexpensive so there's really no excuse not to make yourself a set of mudflaps. Here's how:
• Purchase a thin rubber mat from your local hardware store and cut out your mud flaps to the correct size and shape.
• Punch two holes in the mudflap.
• Hold the mudflap up to the outside of the fender and mark the position of the holes.
• Drill the holes.
• Secure the mudflap to the inside of your fender with two bolts and nuts.
Voila! You now have eliminated your rooster tail and saved your pals in the pace line a lot of grief.