DIY Mud Guard

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Introduction: DIY Mud Guard

Want to keep you bike clean, and protect yourself from mud and water, the best solution is to put a mud guard on your bike. Mud guards are super cheap, but you can make one for even less. In this Instructable I will show you how to make a mud guard from basic materials you can find in your house.

Supplies

You will need:

  • A plastic sheet (old folder, binder, plastic mat...)
  • A couple zip ties
  • Printed Template

Some tools:

  • scissors
  • hole puncher
  • knife/cutter plier

Step 1:

Once you have gathered your materials, go ahead and print out a mud guard template. You can either print out my mud guard template or find one online. If you want a perfect template draw your own, so that it fits your bike perfectly!

Step 2:

You can use an old plastic sheet to make your mud guard, easiest way to make a plastic sheet is to cut out the back of an old folder.

Step 3:

Once you have your plastic sheet, cut out your template and trace it on nicest part of the plastic sheet. Then cut it out with the help of scissors (if you are having a hard time cutting it with scissors use a cutter knife).

This is the step where you can be creative and make fancy designs on the mud guard to match you bike. Unfortunately I like it when my mud guard is sleek, so no designs for me!

Step 4:

Then with the help of a hole puncher, make the holes for the zip ties.

Step 5:

Grab four zip ties and insert them into the holes.

Step 6:

Then grab your mud guard and slide it in between the arch of the fork and the tire. Then attach the mud guard with he help of the zip ties, on to the fork. Fasten down the zip ties and cut off the excess part of the zip ties with the help of a cutter plier or of a knife.

Step 7:

All you have to do now is enjoy your super cheap mud guard next time you go out for a ride!

I'm not sure if I was clear enough in explaining the steps, but I think the photos will help. Also if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Suggestions and corrections are appreciated. I hope you enjoyed making this DIY Mud Guard!

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17 Comments

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millstom509
millstom509

Tip 4 months ago on Step 4

Hole punch , make out of metal tube & sharpen
nice project !

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werder
werder

9 months ago

ich weiß wirklich nicht welchen Nutzen der kleine Kotflügel haben soll?! Es schützt nicht die Beine, Körper oder Kette!!!

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Jparry71
Jparry71

10 months ago

Love it, simple in design and definitely a project for any level of diy’r. And it makes use of something that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Nice Job!

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Woodywindsurf78
Woodywindsurf78

10 months ago

It's really amazing, and the small size is a very good idea. It looks very well. I hope that's solid.

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glIder99i
glIder99i

10 months ago

I don't see how this protects you from mud and water - it is so small. My bike has much larger mudguards, almost 1/3 of a circle, like the ones in the 'Bike Challenge' picture

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Timothee Gillier
Timothee Gillier

Reply 10 months ago

This mud guard is mainly for mountain biking, which explains its small size.

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rozzieozzie
rozzieozzie

10 months ago

Thank you for this mud guard idea! Love it, and just in time for rainy fall rides!

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sniffydogs
sniffydogs

10 months ago

Absolutely love this! Be great on the back too!

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GTO3x2
GTO3x2

10 months ago

I recall "fenders" having to go far back to be of any use - like 1/4 circle up.

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justin_the_jack
justin_the_jack

10 months ago

Does this actually help? It seems to me that anything this blocks would be flying up and in front of the bike anyway. I would think you'd want a front fender that goes back and down towards the pedals.

It looks very nice, and you explained the construction well.

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Disasterific
Disasterific

Best Answer 10 months ago

I have something like this on my enduro bike and it does work.

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artemis_india
artemis_india

10 months ago

Hey hi ! I really wanted a mud guard recently since mine broke down during the lockdown and could not order a new one. Great project, really liked it.

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tfgdiy
tfgdiy

10 months ago

Wow this is a really cool upgrade, I will be installing this on my bike!