The woom kid's bike fenders and rear rack help make your kid's bike a very useful "tool" instead of being considered a toy for recreational use let's dig in to see if they are worth the price.
If you were to ask me what makes for a useful "everyday" bike - fenders and a rack (or basket) are critical. This makes it so you can bike no matter the weather and carry things along such as a favorite stuffy or library books. A few years ago woom had a "city" bike that had everything you could want but perhaps it was too early for the US market and they pulled it. Fenders have been one of their most requested products lately and they finally are coming to the US market!
Meet the Woom Kid's Bike Fender & Rear Rack
Front and Rear Fenders MSRP $49
Available for woom 2 to 6. Full-length and plastic with a matte black color. Compatible with models starting from April 2017. Based on the mounting hardware you may need p-clips and/or zip-ties to work on other kids' bikes without braze-ons.
Rear Rack MSRP $49
Available for woom 3 to 6. Will most likely only work on woom bikes and not other brands as the struts are fixed and not adjustable. Bungee strap included.
Weight: 596 g/1.31 lb (woom 3), 688 g/1.52 lb (woom 4), 939 g/2.07 lb (woom 5), 947 g/2.1 lb (woom 6)
Installing the woom Fenders
Thankfully the woom fenders come with wonderful directions. I won't walk you through step by step because of this but I will tell you where I strayed a bit. Additionally, if you are doing fenders and the rear rack, install the fenders first and then the rear rack. The rear rack uses separate upper eyelets on the rear seat stay, and then the same bolts on the bottom near the dropouts. You may need to rotate the fender forward a bit while you install the rack and then rotate it back and tighten everything up.
Tip 1 I bent the stays on the front fenders a bit to bring the fender closer to the tire but not too close. Before and after photo below.
Tip 2 I added a zip tie to the lower eyelet on the rear fender to ensure it doesn't slip out and rotate around the wheel.
Tip 3 If your child rides a ton I would recommend adding large washers between the frame bolts head and the fender struts. If you over tighten them it makes the strut bend open over time.
Overall Initial Thoughts
Fender thoughts: I think these fenders are very well done for a kid's bike. I'll be pushing them to everyone with a 24" or under bike that rides their bike as transportation. It helps with the stripe up their back and keeps their feet a bit drier. You may need to get creative for bikes that don't have eyelets with p-clamps, but it should be doable on most bikes. Last thought: I'll be adding a reflector mount on the back of all the ones I install, simply drill a hole and screw it in with a washer on the backside.
Rack thoughts: Finding racks that fit kids' bikes is a pretty impossible thing. If you own a woom (April 2017 and newer) or looking for a bike that is a tool for your kid to have their own transportation then the woom racks really create the ideal product - a lightweight bike that can take a rack and fender set. Since Isla Bikes left the US there has been a huge hole here for this and I'm personally excited to start testing out small panniers for my daughter to ride to school this coming year.
I'll be putting these to the test with my 4-year-old super product tester and come back after a full fall of puddle riding!
Buying the Fender and Rack
I will soon be stocking these but if you are wanting them ASAP use the following link to buy directly through woom and I'll make a commission!
*disclaimer: the rack and fenders were provided by woom at no charge for testing and feedback, and I will make commission if you purchase from the link above*