Mudguards are an essential winter accessory; even when it isn't raining the roads are frequently wet in the autumn-winter-spring months, if you don't have mudguards fitted you will still get wet from road spray, even if precipitation isn't falling from the sky at the time you ride.
In this guide we have picked out one of the best sets of mudguards that Wiggle sells: the SKS RaceBlade Long, and to make the fitting of them as easy as possible we've got step by step photos for you to follow.
*In this guide we only look at the rear wheel fitting as this is the more complex task.
You MUST REMOVE THE QUICK RELEASE SPRING completely on both ends of the skewer. This is because the metal clip will prevent the spring from compressing inside the QR lever body, therefore preventing the closure of the QR completely.
Note: In the event of needing to remove the wheel after the mudguard has been fitted: Unclip the stanchions from the lower metals clips using the plastic button on each side. The mudguard will then just be attached to the bike with the upper clip near to the brake caliper.
You can then remove the rear wheel with the lower metal clips still attached to the hub skewer (you do not need to remove the skewer from the hub). When it comes to remounting the wheel, refit the hub so that the metal clips point in the right direction (approximately the two o'clock position) and then just slide on the stanchion clip to re-secure the guard.