Bikes are better with fenders

Function over form. That should be the ONLY consideration while choosing a bike on which you commute. Unfortunately, it is not. Because you care how much it weighs, or what it looks like, you will never build one of these...

   (The first fixie I ever built for someone)
Simple and elegant, this is all you need to get from where you are, to where you are going.
Sure, you may HAVE one of these...

...but How the hell can you ride it in all conditions whilst keeping the trousers clean? Tell me... How?!!