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Old 08-12-06, 08:16 PM   #1
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Chain Guard on a mountain bike

Has anyone ever seen a chain guard on a bike with a front derailer?
I'm wondering if they are made/sold. I doubt it.

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Old 08-12-06, 10:53 PM   #2
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Has anyone ever seen a chain guard on a bike with a front derailer?
I'm wondering if they are made/sold. I doubt it.

Thanks.
Rooprect,

I take it your pant legs are catching in the cogs? This is what I do. I just take a few rubber bands and put them on my wrist and when I'm riding wiht long pants on I just gently fold the bottom pant leg and put a rubber band on the leg and repeat on the other leg. I've not noticed much or any creasing on the pant cuffs. I too am very interested in a bike chain guard for a MTB.


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Old 08-13-06, 12:17 AM   #3
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Yes, they are made. My wife has one on her Cross Check commuter. There is a cutout for the FD. I have no idea where you can find one as I bought it in Latvia. Good Luck.

BTW, it's a complete pain in the ass when it comes to drive train cleaning. The damn thing is in the way....
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Old 08-13-06, 09:26 AM   #4
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Roo,
They are hard as hell to find in the U.S.
I've seen them at Bicycle South in Atlanta, their website is down at the moment.
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Full length chainguards are a std fitting on 3x8 speed city/hybrid style bikes in NW Europe. They are almost impossibly to buy separately esp in US. You can get chainring guards.
Trouser clips are quick and convenient way to protect your pant legs.
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Well, if anyone can find one, please share the source. I removed the FD on my old commuter since I always kept it in the middle ring anyway and bought a cheap chainguard (WALD) from my LBS. However I never could get it to line up correctly. I'm leaving the FD on the MTB commuter I'm building now and had pretty much resigned myself to the idea that I wouldn't use a chainguard. I'd really like to see one with the FD cutout that you mentioned, Ziemas. Could you post a pic of the Cross Check?
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I would check Cannondale. The STREET line they have offers several different types of fenders including a completed "incapsulated' chain that may fit a mountain bike frame.




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Has anyone ever seen a chain guard on a bike with a front derailer?
I'm wondering if they are made/sold. I doubt it.

Thanks.
It's not a new idea. This one is about 35 years old:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/...68014369LpNOlK

Sometimes I think it's more trouble than it's worth. One millimeter one way or the other and either the crank arm hits it or it interferes with the front derailer. I have to be very careful not to bump it with my shoe. I just have it on there to be different.
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Full length chainguards are a std fitting on 3x8 speed city/hybrid style bikes in NW Europe. They are almost impossibly to buy separately esp in US. You can get chainring guards.
Trouser clips are quick and convenient way to protect your pant legs.
I would love to add a chainring guard to my Trek 7500fx. I'm not worried about getting stuck in the rings while riding, I want a guard so I can have a fighting chance of keeping the grease off my legs/pants/shirt/hands when carrying the bike or locking it up. I've done a fair bit of searching and frankly have just about given up on finding one sold separately. Does anyone have any linkage on where to get a chainring guard?
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me too. whenever I ask at a bike store if they sell something like that they look at me like I have two heads and tell me to buy a clip to put on my pants.

Why are bike manufactures so out of touch with stuff like this?
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Sometimes I think it's more trouble than it's worth. One millimeter one way or the other and either the crank arm hits it or it interferes with the front derailer. I have to be very careful not to bump it with my shoe. I just have it on there to be different.

That's what I've been thinking looking at the photo... I have a Japanese guard out of two pieces, one mounting onto the downtube and one onto the seat tube. A gap is left in-between for the derailleur. Moving the rear piece, the gap size can be regulated. To preclude staining or getting the leg of my pants caught in the gap, I ran a velcro on top joing the two guard pieces. That is fairly convenient because I can take a peek and do derailleur adjustments with no need to remove the guard.
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