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Old 07-03-07, 01:37 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 07-03-07, 01:39 PM   #2
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I'm guessing shaving the cat isn't an option

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.
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Old 07-03-07, 01:47 PM   #3
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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

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Old 07-03-07, 02:19 PM   #4
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Dye your cat black...problem solved
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Old 07-03-07, 03:12 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 07-03-07, 03:22 PM   #6
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Old 07-03-07, 03:23 PM   #7
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I would just raise the bikes with a stand or on hooks.
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Old 07-03-07, 03:23 PM   #8
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Too much lube! Wipe that chain down! Poor kitty-cat.
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Old 07-03-07, 04:24 PM   #9
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just throw the cat in the machine with a double scoop of bleach once a week - problem solved

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Old 07-03-07, 04:37 PM   #11
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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.)
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Old 07-03-07, 05:08 PM   #12
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store your bike upside-down
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Old 07-03-07, 05:15 PM   #13
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Connect the bikes to the 220V line. No problems with the cat and you needn't worry about having your bikes stolen.
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Old 07-03-07, 07:16 PM   #14
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Old 07-03-07, 07:22 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 07-03-07, 07:25 PM   #16
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Make some coveralls for the cat.
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Old 07-03-07, 08:32 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 07-04-07, 12:31 AM   #18
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Put your cat in a plastic bag.








Um. No wait.
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Old 07-04-07, 02:03 AM   #19
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You could always just flip the bike upside down.
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Old 07-04-07, 09:13 AM   #20
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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.
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Old 07-04-07, 09:15 AM   #21
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That's my solution! I like other people's cats.
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Old 07-04-07, 10:35 AM   #22
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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.

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Old 07-04-07, 12:16 PM   #23
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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....
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Old 07-04-07, 12:22 PM   #24
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Park 'em upside down like Ziemas said or trade ends of one of 'em so they're chain-to-chain.
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Old 07-04-07, 12:45 PM   #25
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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.
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