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‘Dress guard’ according to the Dikke van Dale (Dutch dictionary): oilcloth or plastic lining partially surrounding the rear wheel of a bicycle to prevent a jacket or skirt from coming into contact with the wheel.
There is no country in the world which pays so much attention to dress guards as The
Netherlands does. Often there are fewer bicycles in other countries anyway, but those bikes there are, mostly 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 a unexpected symbol of women’s emancipation.
Long live the dress guard !