Cute emergency mudguard from SmartAss + Video

Product hand made in the "rainy, rainy" city of Göthenburg in Sweden

by nick_rearden   October 24, 2011  

Smart Ass mudguard

This simple and cheap solution to the old problem of 'wet cyclist's bottom' and made by a group of friends in Sweden is sweeping the cycling world if their Ass Savers Facebook page is anything to go by.

This origami-like shape made from recycle plastic and designed to store out of the way under the saddle can be deployed in seconds to stop rear wheel water spray shooting up as soon as it starts to rain. Watch the video; it may even inspire you to fashion your own, Blue Peter style.

Ass Savers cost 50 Swedish Krona - we make that just under £5 - and come in various colours. They fit pretty much any saddle except Brooks although they're working on that, according to the site.

Of course, the debate has been raging in the comments of our blogger Flo_K's recent piece on the pros and cons of mudguard usage. There will be readers tutting about why you wouldn't choose to fit proper full mudguards at this time of the year and no doubt making our friends at SKS very happy indeed but for the riders who just cannot bring themselves to spoil the lines of their fashionable fixie, this might just do the trick.




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ordered, look brilliant and for £6 whats not to love

posted by miffed [169 posts]
24th October 2011 - 17:42


Ingenious. Get them sold over here (in the UK).

posted by paulfg42 [395 posts]
24th October 2011 - 18:19

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How cool is that! Postage makes it a bit pricey for a bit of plastic, but it's too neat an idea to resist. I can see these going down a storm for the Hoxton haircut crowd...


posted by AlexStriplight [75 posts]
24th October 2011 - 20:36

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Well i bought a few of them because my next door neighbour is the LBS guy, so i'll give him a couple, see if he can start stocking them, therefore giving me some credit Devil done that with a few products, when he starts to make profit i get stuff, like a free after winter overhaul of my bike

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posted by Gkam84 [9374 posts]
25th October 2011 - 9:28

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The other alternative is to simply make one yourself. I've got some plastic card at home that's doing nothing.


posted by OldRidgeback [2589 posts]
25th October 2011 - 14:15


Can't use them with a Brooks? Crying

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posted by Large_Pista [52 posts]
25th October 2011 - 17:09

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Doesn't do much for the guy behind does it Sad Sad Angry


posted by davebinks [136 posts]
25th October 2011 - 18:32


Hmm.. when I was a kid I made something similar out of a bit of old plastic. I'm sure others have done the same.

No replacement for proper mudguards in my view, though. Even during the summer I've found mudguards to be worthwhile.

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posted by downfader [204 posts]
25th October 2011 - 21:45

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Got mine and used it already and it works really well. Easy to remove too(which is useful as there is some accessories thefts round where I park up).

posted by paulfg42 [395 posts]
4th November 2011 - 20:24