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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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    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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    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
    Last edited by Burningman; 07-03-07 at 02:07 PM.

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    Dye your cat black...problem solved
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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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    A dog?
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    I would just raise the bikes with a stand or on hooks.

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

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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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    aaawwwww^

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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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    store your bike upside-down

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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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    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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    Make some coveralls for the cat.

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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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    Put your cat in a plastic bag.








    Um. No wait.

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    You could always just flip the bike upside down.

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    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.
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    A dog?
    That's my solution! I like other people's cats.
    "Pain is weakness leaving the body"......yea, right!

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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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    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....
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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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    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.
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