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November 1, 2011

The QuickFix mudguard attaches to a bike in seconds, and packs flat when not in use

The QuickFix mudguard attaches to a bike in seconds, and packs flat when not in use

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If you want to stay as dry and clean as possible when riding your bike on wet roads, get yourself a proper set of full fenders - it's just that simple. There are a lot of cyclists, however, who feel that fenders make their lean, mean, street-ridin' machines look boring and clunky. Additionally, many types of fenders have an annoying way of rubbing, rattling, or just plain getting in the way. While some quick-on/quick-off systems do already exist, most of them still incorporate permanent mounting brackets, or are made from thin plastic that has a tendency to droop. Full Windsor's QuickFix plastic mudguard, however, slides in and out of place within seconds, yet still looks like it's reasonably substantial.

The QuickFix has an origami-type design, so it can press flat for storage in a bag when not needed, yet folds into shape when mounted over the bicycle's rear wheel. Its on-bike shape not only helps it contain the upward spray of water and road gunk, but also gives it some rigidity.

The mudguard attaches to the seat tube using marine-grade metal snaps, then runs back between the seat stays (over top of the seat stay bridge), where two more sets of snaps hold it in position.

The QuickFix mudguard attaches to a bike in seconds, and packs flat when not in use

If you think that the QuickFix looks half-decent, and wouldn't mind having it on your bike full-time, you might instead look into the company's Foldnfix mudguard. It's very much the same idea as the QuickFix, although it attaches more permanently, using nothing other than zip ties.

Both products are currently available through three UK bicycle retailers, listed on the company website. The QuickFix sells for GBP14.99 (US$23.90), while the Foldnfix goes for GBP13.49 ($21.50). Full Windsor is currently seeking international distributors and retailers, should you be interested.

Prospective buyers might also want to check out the Origami Fender, made by Portland Design Works.

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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5 Comments

looks exactly like the fendor-bendor, don't think i'll be switching over.

Rick Williams
1st November, 2011 @ 06:07 pm PDT

I'm a runner, and I've got to be honest, when I see a trail bike go by in the forested park where I go and I see a mud stain strip up the rider's back, I DON'T see it as a 'badge of honor', all I can think is "what an clown - put back on the fender".

yrag
1st November, 2011 @ 09:04 pm PDT

I commute on a bike and I think these incomplete types of mudguards are very selfish. Yes, they protect the rider, but the rider behind gets a face full of street grime. Nasty!

felix
2nd November, 2011 @ 05:06 am PDT

I agree with felix.

I also bike commuter and of course my bike is equipped with full fenders.

However, people are different. Some care about others, some don't.

Otherwise the design and the idea is cool.

Imhof Iván
2nd November, 2011 @ 12:22 pm PDT

The first foldable rear mudguard, the Fendor-Bendor, can be found here:

http://www.witindustries.nl/index.php?/products/fendor-bendor/

WIT
7th November, 2011 @ 06:47 am PST
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