I live/ ride in the Peak District in the UK, I find a crud catcher essential. Stops dirt/ mud and spray hitting me into face, so I don't fall off because I have stuff in my eyes (scary on downs) and I do not eat half the animal poo (and in the peaks occasinally people poo, it can be a ling way to the nearest toilet). yet there seems to be a growing number of riders, particularly I have noticed on expensive unscratched full sussers, who seem to ride without them. Is it: - crud catchers are not cool! - ruins the looks of your bike - some folk don't ride off road enough Most bikes in magazine tests also do not have them If it is cosmetic, I would have to suggest you can only look so cool, even on a pricey bike, when you look like you've won a **** eating contest. Anyone have any opinions on these little bits of plastic? __________________________________________________ Why did I pick a s hiit name?