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Long live the dress guard, is the slogan of Simeli. No, this is not a company based in Italy, but in Nieuwe Niedorp, the Netherlands. The company produces what it calls designs bicycle ornaments: hand crocheted dress guards and matching keyrings.

‘Long live the dress guard’, is the slogan of Simeli. No, this is not a company based in Italy, but in Nieuwe Niedorp, the Netherlands. The company produces what it calls ‘designs bicycle ornaments: hand crocheted dress guards and matching keyrings.’

Simeli tells in its company info: “There’s is no country in the world which pays so much attention to dress guards as the Netherlands does. In other countries most bikes have no dress guard. In hot countries this is only logical. Nobody wears a long coat which needs protection and the women with their long skirts do not ride a bicycle. In this respect the dress guard may be regarded as an unexpected symbol of women’s emancipation!”

Some decades ago crocheted dress guards were handmade by lady cyclists in the Netherlands. Those days are long gone, but the image of such dress guards remained. That’s the reason why Simeli produces them. The dress guards are designed for use on a Dutch ‘grannybike’ with 28" wheels. For wheel size 24-26 inch there are several sets available.

The Simeli dress guards are crocheted of cotton yarn with glass beads; they are easily washable. As Dutch bicycles have a lock, there is a hole in the dress guards to accommodate the lock. When the bike does not have a lock, there’s the possibility to order two crochet flowers to cover the holes. The dress guard are attached by clips to the fender.

 

 

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