Musguard: It's time to protect your back

Smart and elegant fender to ride on wet and muddy roads

by Serena L. Rosato
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DESIGN_ Musguard is the brilliant invention coming out of the imaginative mind of Jurij Lozić, a Slovenian designer from Ljubljana. It’s a simple and linear fender that you can remove and roll it onto your bike frame to store it.

"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" Jurij Lozić says.

To better understand what it is and what we're talking about, it's easier you watch the video!

"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."








 

What makes Musguard  better?

1. It's rollable! 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. 



 

 

2. It's minimalisticIt is very lightweight - just 35 grams. No mounts, no extra parts to mess your bikes aesthetic. Completely removable. 

3. It's easy to use! The application is simple and fast, no tools needed. It fits neatly, very close to the rear wheel. 

Check out the video manual which demonstrates how to use it: 

MUSGUARD - Manual from Musguard on Vimeo.

4. It's durable! 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.

See how we tested it and what are the results:

MUSGUARD - Testing from Musguard on Vimeo.

5. It fits perfectlyOriginally 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.

 









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    • Serena L. Rosato

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      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)