On this first day of spring, I dusted off my bicycle and headed to the market in town. I have missed riding my bike these last few months and it felt good to be in the saddle once again. However, at around 40 degrees, it was a chilly ride. At least the sun was out and my bicycle was looking good decked out in its new "dress guard."
What is a dress guard? Made from crochet yarn, it partially surrounds the rear wheel of a bicycle to prevent a coat or long skirt from getting sucked up in the spokes. Dress guards can withstand all sorts of weather conditions. After a rainy day, the crochet work will dry like laundry on the line.
Dress guards are certainly useful, but I have to admit, I wanted one simply because they are so pretty.
I planned to purchase a dress guard from Simeli, a Dutch company that sells lovely ones in an array of colors. Instead, I found Amy on Etsy. With a shop featuring accessories for bicycles and cyclists, she kindly offered to make one for me. We found the crochet pattern from Dorien, another Etsian, at this link.
I love my bike's snazzy new dress guard. Thank you, Amy!