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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-28-09, 12:06 AM   #1
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Chain making out with my leg

I've had a problem with my calf rubbing against my chain while riding, leaving its grease and grime on my leg, easily removable but still highly annoying, I have to be aware of my leg's position in relation to my chain constantly and be conscious not to relax it too much or the chain will swipe it. Not sure if this is because of my wide calf muscles or improper cleat position/weird pedals/what not. Anyone else have this problem/any solutions?
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Old 08-28-09, 12:46 AM   #2
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same problem...no solution
still riding in cross trainers
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Old 08-28-09, 05:14 AM   #3
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You could try pedal extenders to move your pedals out further. That might be just enough to get your calves out of the way.
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Old 08-28-09, 06:36 AM   #4
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Depending upon the bike, a proper bike fit may be needed. I had that problem when I was still using the stock pedals, but when I went clipless and had a bike fitting it went away and I have "huge" calves according to the kids that see my lifeguard. :-)
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Old 08-28-09, 07:57 AM   #5
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I figure I will just get a tattoo on my calf that looks like the imprint of the chain. Then I won't care when the chain leaves an imprint.

I'll tattoo on one link for every 10K miles. That way the tattoo has meaning.
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Old 08-28-09, 09:19 AM   #6
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In addition to changing pedals/fit you could also try a different chain lube. Some are definitely better than others... I've been using ProLink ProGold lube recently. If you let the lube dry overnight before riding, it seems much less likely to leave grease streaks along your calf than some of the other lubes I've used. It also seems to be a pretty decent lube. There may be other chain lubes or waxes that are even better...
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Old 08-28-09, 01:21 PM   #7
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It's a common problem that new riders experience. Time and improving riding technique should help. It mostly happens when one stops and lets the right leg lean against the chain ring... Sometimes it's actual rub while pedaling, but that will stop because it doesn't feel all that good when it happens.

25 years and I still occasionally get them. I consider it to be no biggie, that's what post ride showers are for.
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Happens to me occasionally. I chalk it up to having huge calves. Actually I don't know when or why it happens. I don't even realize it until I hop in the shower after my ride. I think my calf rubs on the chain when I climb. I probably get fatigued and pivot my heel inward for leverage on the downstroke. Just a guess, though.
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Old 08-28-09, 06:53 PM   #9
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I get the tatoo while standing over my bike. I sometimes subconsciously lean it. "Darn, another tatoo!".......My extremely massive huge muscular legs have nothing to do with it!
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I switched to White Lightning Clean Ride chain lube - paraffin wax based stuff. I thoroughly cleaned the chain before applying it. It seems to lubricate everything just fine and when my calf gets hit with a bouncing chain it no longer leaves a tattoo.
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Old 08-28-09, 10:43 PM   #11
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Nice to hear it's not an isolated problem with me thanks guys, I will probably try some new chain lube. It doesn't bother me too much, until it starts pulling hairs, thankfully it hasn't yet lol.
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