Simeli dress guards and other links

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Crocheted dress guard from SimeliCrocheted dress guards have been around for a long time. In the late1800′s, women quickly figured out that rear wheel guards were the best way to prevent flowing dresses and skirts from getting caught in the spokes while riding. Now, a Dutch company, Simeli, is making hand crocheted dress guards for traditional upright bicycles with fenders. Simone points out that her company’s dress guards are offered in 10 color combinations ranging from bright and cheerful (model Ananda) to demure chic (model Antoinette). They also offer matching key rings for each of the models (since Dutch bikes typically have an integrated rear wheel lock).

I noticed this morning that Cyclelicious mentioned Simeli today as well.  Read more there, and be sure to follow the link to Lovely Bicycle for a review and more photos.

Speaking of chic cycling accessories for ladies, there is a new shop here in Greenville, SC that I have been meaning to check out. Pedal Chic claims to the “only women-specific cycling and athletic boutique in the Southeast.” In addition to apparel, they sell commuter accessories for women as well (bike baskets, designer helmets, shoes, and cycling-friendly handbags). They have a blog too, so check it out if you are interested in cycling fashion.

Giraffe on a bike tankKeeping the fashion theme going, check out the bicycle t-shirts and housewares from the Dark Cycle Clothing Etsy store. I like the giraffe on a tall bike, but they have several other animal on bike designs to choose from. Via the Etsy blog.

MocoLoco recently featured recycled horse-skin leather bicycle grips designed by Sruli Recht for Kria Cycles’ upCycle bike.

Finally, I want to mention a new web show from ENGINEERING.com called The Product Design Show. The show will feature new topics every Thursday, but they are debuting today with an episode on bicycle designs- past, present, and future. It is sort of a quick, broad overview, but it is pretty entertaining so take a look.

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6 Comments

  1. Jeff S January 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    This strikes me as an odd combination. A fendered bike with
    an accessory that doesn’t look rain-worthy???

  2. Rachael K January 7, 2011 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    I love the crochet dress guard. It might not be totally rain worthy (depends on what type of yarn you use), but its fashionable and cute–a detail of utmost importance! Thanks for the share, James. And for those cyclists out there that have a crafty edge, you can download a pattern at Bobbin & Sprocket’s Etsy store.

  3. James T January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the comments Jeff and Rachael. The dress guards are crocheted of cotton yarn, and the Simeli website points out that they are washable. I think it would be OK to just let them dry in the sun with the rest of the bike too… just like you would a leather saddle or woven wicker basket on this type of bike.

  4. olivia January 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    It’s really lovely but may be complicated if you have ton change the brake no?

  5. nativegrrl August 19, 2011 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    i’m sorry – RECYCLED HORSE SKIN? are you effing serious? why would you promote this? i’m totally grossed out reading this post.

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