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Last updated April 3, 2015

Cam Cycles - Handcrafted wooden bicycle mudguards

Wooden bicycle mudguards made to last handcrafted right here in Cambridge, UK.

Cam Cycles - Handcrafted wooden bicycle mudguards

Wooden bicycle mudguards made to last handcrafted right here in Cambridge, UK.

£1,234
pledged of £5,000pledged of £5,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, April 3 2015 9:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 3, 2015

About

Our mudguards are handcrafted here in Cambridge, UK, using traditional woodworking techniques, made with quality materials and finished with attention to detail. Our chosen material is Aircraft-grade plywood. 

Lightweight, it retains the benefits of conventional mudguards whilst being hard-wearing and contemporary. We use moulds to form the wood to the curvature of a bicycle wheel, the whole process taking three days per guard. 

We use our bikes everyday here in Cambridge so we know what it’s like to get rained on. We’ve taken care to seal each mudguard with marine grade lacquer – the same way woodworkers traditionally waterproof boats – meaning that Cam Cycles mudguards are rainproof. Perfect for your bike to minimise road spray, you can find more details of our product and rewards below. 

The Long guard package includes; front and rear long guards in a choice of two finishes: plain birch or with a walnut stripe. Also includes mounting hardware and an exclusive Cam Cycles spanner.

The Short guard package includes; front and rear short guards in a choice of two finishes: plain birch or with a walnut stripe. Also includes mounting hardware and an exclusive Cam Cycles spanner.

If you’d like to buy a set of guards as a present, please let us know and we will send you an order confirmation certificate, perfect to use as a gift before the guards arrive. 

Custom spanner and tools provided with every order:

This is Ian, our leather supplier. Ian has been working with leather for over 30 years and you’ll bet he knows his quality. Our mudflaps are made from high quality leather and are branded with the Cam Cycles logo. Durable and long-lasting, they’ll look great on any bike. 

Our materials are sourced here in Great Britain and our guards are manufactured here in Cambridge. Not only does this reduce our carbon footprint, but it allows us to personally oversee every aspect of our designs, carefully considering the function, aesthetic appearance and environmental impact of each component. The mounting hardware is also laser cut and machined from high-grade stainless steel to prevent corrosion.

We know our mudguards will be exposed to the elements. There’s no point having a gorgeous bike that sits in the shed – we use our bikes everyday here in Cambridge so we know what it’s like to get rained on. We’ve taken care to seal each mudguard with marine grade lacquer – the same way woodworkers traditionally waterproof boats – meaning that Cam Cycles mudguards are rainproof and in theory, ocean proof (though we wouldn’t recommend testing out that last one).

The guards are very sturdy when mounted, this makes them very easy to keep clean, just use soap and water as you would when you clean your bicycle.

Every mudguard will be handcrafted, and signed underneath by the maker, either Scott or Vinnay. 

We have done our best to accommodate as many bicycles as we can, however if you are unsure if our product will fit your bike, please get in touch with your bike’s measurements and we’ll help. Full fitting instructions will be supplied in the packaging, and of course we are only an email away if you need advice. 

Guards are a standard width with a cut out to clear most forks, frames and brakes. The short guards simply share the same mountings as your brakes. The long guards mount the same way however require eyelet mountings on the frame and forks.

These mudguards are bespoke products built to last you a lifetime, so we are happy to take enquiries as to what sort of personalisation we offer. To get your name (or someone else’s) hand laid onto the end of the mudguard in gold lettering. Please just add the details at the checkout.

With your support we will be able take our product into batch production, meaning that we can start producing more than one mudguard at a time. This will also contribute towards tooling and equipment, and at the same time deliver you a quality-handcrafted product.

Cam Cycles, was founded by Scott Virgo and Vinnay Chhabildas, two young industrial designers who work in bicycle-loving Cambridge, UK. We are incredibly concerned with the future of design, believing that a blend of modern technology and traditional woodworking techniques are at the heart of sustainable, high-quality products.

We are ready to work with our backers to build a product that you can proudly support.

Scott and Vinnay.

        

 Find high resolution images and product information in our press kit

Credit to Metronomy 'This could be beautiful (it is)' for the video sound track 

Risks and challenges

We have been developing this product for over 8 months now and we believe that our only risk is not hitting our campaign’s financial goal, without which we cannot make larger-scale production of the mudguards viable.

If the project gets funded we will make sure that we meet the promised deadlines. Projects often have trouble at the start of the production process, a risk we have done our best to reduce by preparing examples of the finished product already. We believe we have set realistic goals, so we can ensure your rewards are delivered within a reasonable time frame.

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