If you are like me, the moment the weather cooperates you use your bike to transport you from one end of the city to the other. Though the weather is getting warmer now, because it’s springtime, it’s also unpredictable, so wearing a cute little dress might seem smart at 8AM, by 4PM, it might not seem like the best choice. Wearing pants and biking around, though comfortable can pose a problem, particularly if you do not have a full coverage chain guard on your bike. Even if you do, nine times out of ten you’ll end up with a chain tattoo on the right inside of your pant leg.
There are several solutions to the pant leg + well-oiled chain problem; an elastic, tuck the pants into your socks, cut off nylons, etc… I think you get the picture; these are functional solutions, but not pretty at all. So I sewed up a little pants guard from scrap fabrics and tried my darndest to make it look nice, if not, at least interesting whether I’m on my bike or not.
I started with the idea of a bow-tie. I love cute little bow-tie accessories and so, why not have one at your ankle? I made two versions, one with an inch wide strap to hold back tapered pants, and one with wider coverage to reign in flare or bootcut pants. They are secured with velcro for easy on/off and for more adjustability than snaps might offer.