Neat Recoiling Mudguard Protects Your Butt From Puddles

I don’t mind a little rain. When biking to or from my coworking space in the rain, what bothers me isn’t the dampness, but the stripe of murky brown water kicked up onto my backpack (and back) by my un-shielded back tire. Yes, a mudguard would keep this from happening, but who ever thinks of installing one until they’re caught in a shower?

The Plume is an ingeniously designed bike accessory that can keep your backside free from muddy water when it’s raining, and transform itself into a subtle reflective bumper when it’s not. Like snap-bracelets of yore, the device coils up at the touch of a button when not needed.

plume mudguard

Image via Plume/Kickstarter

Swapping your car for a bike whenever possible is one of the best decisions you can make, for your own health and the environment. But lack of a safe bike lanes of bad weather can deter inexperienced bike commuters. That’s why bike accessories like the Plume are awesome: they present an attractive way to overcome the annoying challenges of traveling by bike (like a soggy butt) and in turn elevate the entire experience.

Other bike mudguards are unattractive, poorly made, and easy to break or steal. And like we mentioned before, it’s not always raining, so maybe you don’t always want it deployed. The Plume solves all of these problems.

Instead of being made from plastic (or cardboard or used bottles found on the street) the Plume is made from stainless steel and a flexible polymer so it’ll handle anything the street or trail can throw at it. It was also designed to be difficult to steal. “Its stainless-steel spine wraps around your bicycle’s seat post” write the gadget’s creators on Kickstarter. “Plume also attaches to a wide variety of seat post sizes, which makes installation easy, and removes the need for extra clumsy shims or spacers.”

And of course, there’s the retracting magic trick. Sun breaking through the clouds? Simply reach back and give the Plume a tap. It will instantly recoil into a minimal circle under your seat, showing its orange reflector face to the world.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • Alec Sevins

      Intuitively, it seems a bit high above the tire to fully contain a v-shaped spray pattern but they must have tested it. It looks like a good concept.

      • BobTheJanitor2

        I’m with you, it seems like a lot of stuff would get around that. Looks cool and can be deployed while riding may be bigger selling points though…

        Of course, why people don’t go for a full fender is beyond me. On the front tire a fender keeps dirt off your chain, which makes it last a lot longer, and on the back wheel a full fender not only keeps you clean, it keeps the people behind you clean too, which, rush hour in my city, even in the rain: probably some people behind you…