Commuting - recommend a chainguard/chaincase?
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09-22-09, 05:15 PM
With rainy season approaching I've been thinking about building up a rain bike. It'll be single speed/fixed or a gearhub. Anyone know a good chainguard? The ones that come up in my searches have the guard along the top end of the chain run. I guess that's good for keeping grease off your pants legs but what I'd like is a guard along the underside of the chain that will keep road spray and grit off the drive train, since I think that causes a lot of wear and tear.
Probably the best list of options one can get in the US starting at $15.
The VO Porteur Style Chaincase (http://www.velo-orange.com/postch.html) for $75 is your best bet for significant coverage.
09-22-09, 07:48 PM
after a little more searching I found english(indian) roadster style chaincases at Yellow Jersey:
$50 and I expect it'll take some cutting and bending to fit them on any old frame. Any other options?
09-22-09, 08:30 PM
OK don't flame me or laugh.
Recumbents have chaintubes, yeah, just a plastic tube that your chain runs through. Wicked small, light, and simple. You have to fab something to hold it in place, though.
09-23-09, 04:24 PM
hmm, yeah, chaintubes. Doesn't really cover around the chain wheel but I've seen pictures of the Hebie Chainglider which is a similar concept.
I just bought an old Pashley chaincase off ebay, let's see how much hacking it takes to mount.
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