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Old 01-16-10, 10:43 AM   #1
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Crank bash guard. Does it do anything or just take it off?

I got a replacement crank for a low-end hybrid "comfort" bike that had a bash guard on it. It was a hard plastic affair that doesn't seem to have much function. I can see it might keep pant legs off the chain and maybe decrease the greasy cuffs.

Any opinions.

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Old 01-16-10, 11:41 AM   #2
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You are correct about the circular chain guards not functioning very well. A couple of my bikes don't have any such guard and one does. I still need something to keep my pant cuff away from the mechanism to prevent chain lube stains. The worst case would be getting the cuff caught up in the chain/chainwheel while pedaling. Generally, loose clothing isn't a good idea around moving machinery. A rubber band works fine to control the pant cuff, and commercial clips are also available.
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it does a half decent job of keeping your pants out of the chain.
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On hybrids the function is 99% to keep pants out of the big ring and chain. On a trail bike it's 99% to save the ring teeth from log and rocks. Since you got a comfort hybrid crankset the guard is a pants guard and is likely weak enough that if it hit a curb very hard at all that it would shatter.


Rubber bands? Leg clips? For the frequent times I run a short errand while wearing jeans I just tuck the cuff of the pants into my sock. It's always there and won't get lost. Mind you when I get to the store if I forget to lift the leg out of the sock then I wander around looking like a geek....
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I got a replacement crank for a low-end hybrid "comfort" bike that had a bash guard on it. It was a hard plastic affair that doesn't seem to have much function. I can see it might keep pant legs off the chain and maybe decrease the greasy cuffs.

Any opinions.
It's only for keeping your pant off the chainring, it's not a bash guard.
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Old 01-16-10, 02:17 PM   #6
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It's only for keeping your pant off the chainring, it's not a bash guard.


Bashguards.

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