After 30 years of tinkering with his idea for a simple, effective fender, Chris Howard is finally bringing it to life. According to the inventor, his first crude prototype was made nearly 30 years ago, but the idea is the same – a fender that quickly attaches to your bike without having to touch your frame.
OK, technically it will touch your frame in one spot, but it appears to be no different than how your current quick release nut touches the dropout. That’s what makes the fender install and removal so simple – all it requires is removing the current QR nut, and then threading the QR skewer into the Quickguard nut which is attached to the mono-strut for the fender.
Compatible with both front and rear quick release axles, the fender can be adjusted once installed with micro adjusting screws at the top for side to side movement, and additional spacers to raise the fender for bigger tires. Meant to fit bikes with 700c wheels, and measures 43mm wide so it should be good for at least a 700c x 42mm tire.
The fender itself will be made from plastic but the strut is aluminum which adds up to about a 219g weight for the prototype, though the production fender is expected to be less. One of the biggest advantages of the system seems to be a rattle free design which is the result of the thick aluminum strut.
Still in the prototype phase, Chris is hoping that Kickstarter will finally bring his design to life with an expected delivery of April 2018 if successful. By taking advantage of the Super Early Bird deal, you can get a pair of fenders for about $54.