Jurij Lozić worked for about 5 years on Musguard, he was looking for a simple, removable fender but when he couldn’t find it, he decided to make one himself. Musguard is a smart and elegant solution for protecting your back when riding on wet and muddy roads. When not in use it packs very small. It can be rolled on your frame or simply stored in your bag, pocket or hung on your key-chain. It’s also very minimalistic, very lightweight – just 35 grams. No mounts, no extra parts to mess your bikes aesthetic and completely removable!
The application is simple and fast, no tools needed. It fits neatly, very close to the rear wheel.The video below shows you how:
It is die cut from a strong, resilient and recyclable polypropylene (PP) plastic sheet using a unique folding system for stability and firm fit. The close fit is crucial – the sooner you catch the water (or mud) spraying from the wheel, the less wet you get. Originally designed for use on fixed gear/single speed bikes, Musgard fits most frames with paired seat stays and works best on bikes without a rear brake.
The projected has reached and surpassed its goal on Kickstarter but you still have a few days left to back it for their goal to produce Musguard in a variety of colors to fit every bike style and enjoy the rewards.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
“Musguard is a brainchild of me, Jurij Lozić. I am a product design graduate from Ljubljana, Slovenia (EU). Since I have a lot of interests, my work varies from illustration, mural painting, product and interior design to public and gallery art installations.
The idea for Musguard came about 5 years ago in Milan, Italy, where I studied for a year and also made my first fixed gear bike. I was looking for a simple, removable fender but when I couldn’t find it, i decided to make one myself. I was familiar with strong, resilient polypropylene sheets, so I made the first prototype, a one-off laser cut piece. Because of positive feedback from people who saw it, I decide to continue to perfect it.
The concept behind Musguard is quite simple: I wanted a fender that would protect my back, would be removable, would pack small and most important: would suit the sleek, streamlined, light, clean, simple, minimal aesthetic of fixed gear bikes. Like a feather or a leaf.
In the process of development I took all of the above aspects and worked on them one by one. Structural stability and ease of use, sleek shape and efficient protection, cool look and good function at an affordable price. What I regard as true values of design.
I use the word “we” throughout this campaign, because even with me being the driving force behind this project, I would never be able to do it without help of my overly talented friends.”
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