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Full Windsor QuickFix

The Full Windsor QuickFix fender (yes, I know, the British call them mudguards) is a cleverly designed product. Cut from simple 1.2 mm polypropylene sheeting, the QuickFix is scored and ready to be folded into shape. It features three simple snaps (like you might find on your winter jacket) which hold the fender in place, yet allows it to be quickly and easily removed.

And that’s the point of this product—it’s a temporary fender. For many people, fenders just don’t seem cool, but their value is unmistakable. With the QuickFix, you can literally keep it in your bag for a rainy day. When the opportunity to use it arises, you’ll be glad you had it with you.

At first it takes a tiny bit of “faffing” to get the fender to sit just right, and in some ways it never seems to stay exactly where you would want it to, but that seems to be part and parcel when it comes to removable fenders. In any case, once you’ve used it a few times you’ll be able to slap it on your bike in seconds.

Now to be certain, the QuickFix doesn’t block water nearly as well as full-coverage, bolt-on rigid fenders. Nobody ever said it would. But it is an effective tool for keeping your back and bum a little less wet when riding in the rain. And it’s considerably less cumbersome than rigid fenders.

Perhaps my only real nit to pick with Full Windsor fenders is that they don’t work with cantilever brakes. My initial thought was that I would put a set on one of my cyclocross bikes, since that’s what I reach for when the weather turns foul. Alas, I was foiled. You may also be out of luck if your frame as a wishbone or mono stay design.

The QuickFix is available in six color choices and retails for about $21. Visit www.full-windsor.com for more info.

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6 Comments

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  2. DanJanuary 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    These look really handy. Are there any retailers in the US? I looked on one of the websites linked from FullWindsor and they charge an extra 15GBP for shipping to the US!

  3. MikeJanuary 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve been riding with the Zefel Swan detachable fender: http://www.zefal.com/en/mudguards/187-swan-road.html

    While I can’t fold it up and put it in my bag like this one, I’ve found it to be a fantastic temporary fender to keep my butt dry on wet rides to work.

  4. Mark WindsorJanuary 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Full Windsor mudguards will be available in the US very soon. Keep an eye on Kickstarter .com

  5. JoeFebruary 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

    In what way is this not a slightly more compact ripoff of the Portland Design Works Origami fenders?

  6. nhFebruary 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    @Joe, while the Origami looks like a great fender, the windsor appears to be die cut from a single piece of material (which would make production relatively simple bringing the cost down.) It also looks less complex and has fuller coverage (as it extends partway down the seat tube.)

    Anyway, it looks like a pretty neat design.

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