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Bolo Grubb 07-03-07 01:37 PM

Odd problem needing a unique solution, please help.
 
Here is the problem.

I store my bicycles inside, I have no garage. Our house has a weird little atrium that has been closed in and works as a great place to store the bikes. My wife just put in a tile floor in this area (good small size to practice that on) and she did a great job. So far no problem.

Our youngest cat is a long haired white cat that loves laying on the tile, often right under my bicycles. Can you guess the problem?

Thats right she get chain lube marks on her beautiful white fur.

What I would like to find is some sort of chain cover that I can slip on the bikes just for storage. Nothing permanently attached to the bikes, just something that is simple to put on and take off as needed.

any ideas?

Buglady 07-03-07 01:39 PM

I'm guessing shaving the cat isn't an option :D

If you have a sewing machine, I'd suggest taking a long oval of scrap fabric and running elastic around the edge - sort of like a long skinny shower cap that you can then pop over the drivetrain.

Burningman 07-03-07 01:47 PM

Plastic garbage bag,tear it if you need to,the chain lube will hold it in place till next ride.....use the same one or leave a bag of them close by and wrap,cover,the drive train after each outing.....

Or Shave The Cat:)

catatonic 07-03-07 02:19 PM

Dye your cat black...problem solved :D

CdCf 07-03-07 03:12 PM

Or make some sort of low "fence" that you seal off the bikes with, preventing the little furry thing from getting near all that grime.

webist 07-03-07 03:22 PM

A dog?

vpiuva 07-03-07 03:23 PM

I would just raise the bikes with a stand or on hooks.

JanMM 07-03-07 03:23 PM

Too much lube! Wipe that chain down! Poor kitty-cat.

markhr 07-03-07 04:24 PM

just throw the cat in the machine with a double scoop of bleach once a week - problem solved

http://www.sushiesque.com/photos/unc..._8412842_2.jpg

croscoe 07-03-07 04:29 PM

aaawwwww^

papedaler 07-03-07 04:37 PM

Go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a small length of foam pipe insulation, cut it to the length of the bottom exposed part of your chain and just slip it on when you store your bike. (The insulation is split length wise so it should be easy to install.)

s0rcerer13 07-03-07 05:08 PM

store your bike upside-down

spinnaker 07-03-07 05:15 PM

Connect the bikes to the 220V line. No problems with the cat and you needn't worry about having your bikes stolen. :)

Raiyn 07-03-07 07:16 PM

http://www.cdisports.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=403
http://www.cdisports.com/images/BikeTub_red_thumb.jpg

Blue Order 07-03-07 07:22 PM

cut a length of garden hose to the length of your exposed chain, slice it down one side, you now have a sleeve you can slip on and off as needed.

CB HI 07-03-07 07:25 PM

Make some coveralls for the cat.

Boudicca 07-03-07 08:32 PM

This thread is useless without pictures of white cat with black bicycle tattoo.

Although it's also one of the funniest ones I've read for ages.

Siu Blue Wind 07-04-07 12:31 AM

Put your cat in a plastic bag.








Um. No wait. :eek:

Ziemas 07-04-07 02:03 AM

You could always just flip the bike upside down.

kjmillig 07-04-07 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blue Order
cut a length of garden hose to the length of your exposed chain, slice it down one side, you now have a sleeve you can slip on and off as needed.

+1. You posted it before I could.

kjmillig 07-04-07 09:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by webist
A dog?

That's my solution! I like other people's cats.

East Hill 07-04-07 10:35 AM

Easiest is to flip the bike upside down. Second easiest is to have a sewn cover for the chain, as suggested by Buglady. Cheap, easy, and washable.

We do need photos of the tile job, and the cat. Please.

East Hill

nelson249 07-04-07 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spinnaker
Connect the bikes to the 220V line. No problems with the cat and you needn't worry about having your bikes stolen. :)

Now, if I can get a 220v line to reach the rack outside the office....

Coyote! 07-04-07 12:22 PM

Park 'em upside down like Ziemas said or trade ends of one of 'em so they're chain-to-chain.

donnamb 07-04-07 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CdCf
Or make some sort of low "fence" that you seal off the bikes with, preventing the little furry thing from getting near all that grime.

I don't think you understand cats who live with bikes. They must have access to the bikes on a regular basis. If your cat is unable to scent-mark them, the bikes become vulnerable to nefarious, feline bike thieves. Furthermore, even locks with a Sold Secure gold rating are no match for the evil powers of these thieves. Cats are performing an important task, and we must not interfere with that. :p


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