Safer Cycling Calgary wants to remind you that you do not need to be an athlete to use your bike for transportation. You also don't need to be clad head-to-toe in lycra or specific cycling gear. When cycling becomes a chore, because you have to have special clothes, special shoes, special jackets, etc, it won't be as fun. So here are a few products we recommend to make your bike more street-clothes friendly or make your clothes more bike-friendly.


Please note that SCC believes that all cyclists should wear a helmet while riding their bike (including children as passengers in a trailer or child seat). To facilitate helmet use in children, SCC recommends making helmet use fun. It's easier than ever to do that, thanks to the helmet covers made in Canada by Tail Wags Helmet Covers! Click here to make the jump to the Tail Wags section. 

All currency is in Canadian Dollars (CDN).

Skirt or Coat Guards:

"A skirt guard or coat guard is a device fitted over the rear wheel of a bicycle to prevent a long skirt, coat or other trailing clothes or luggage catching in the wheel, or in the gap between the rim and the brakes." (courtesy: Wikipedia) These guards come in various types and sizes and are made out of material ranging from mesh/tulle to yarn to metal. Guards are more common in Europe, where most cyclists ride in their "everyday" clothes rather than having specific biking clothes.

Safer Cycling Calgary is pleased to introduce crocheted skirt guards as the first of their products. These hand crocheted guards are custom made in your choice of colour and include clips and instructions for installation.

All guards are designed for a 26" tire with standard fenders. Before ordering, please measure from the centre of the rear axle to the rim of the fender: if this distance is greater than 13" you will need to contact us for a custom guard (extra $5).

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Long Chain:


The Long Chain guard features 17 chains (and clips) per side and is the most basic design. $40 + shipping.
(Note this blue one IS for sale.)


Blue Long Chain: Clips


Short Chain:


The Short Chain guard features 14 chains (and clips) per side and is a larger version of the long chain pattern for greater spoke coverage. $45 + shipping. (Note this purple one is NOT for sale but a similar colour can be made.)

Pre-made guards:



A slightly different Short Chain guard, with 13 chains (and clips) per side, is in 4 ply 100% cotton yarn, colour "Earth Ombre". $45 + shipping (this one will ship within one week of your order!).


Earth Ombre: Clips



New pattern: Short Chain Shells. With 12 chains (and clips) per side, in 4 ply 100% cotton, this vibrant colour is called "Psychedelic." $45 + shipping (this one will ship within one week of your order!).


Psychedelic: Clips


Currently available colours:


 4 ply 100% cotton "Green Stripes"






yarn2 4 ply 100% US-Grown Cotton (made in Canada) "Pinky Stripes". Please note, this yarn supports the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' initiative, with a portion of yarn sales benefitting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a limited stock yarn: only 2 guards available.

yarn3 4 ply 100% cotton "Hot Pink"

yarn4 4 ply 100% acrylic "Claret"

Would you like a different colour? Please send an email with your desired colour and I will let you know if I can get it. There may be an additional charge or time delay.

Shipping within Canada will be via Canada Post. International shipping may be higher. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the production of your guard.




List in the "Notes to Seller" area your colour choice of yarn.






 Order your Tail Wags Helmet Cover by following this link (opens in new window) and protect everyone's most important organ.

To purchase currently stocked Tail Wags helmet covers (not subject to GST or shipping charges), click here.