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Old 05-05-11, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hebie Chainglider?

I'm thinking of buying a Hebie Chainglider and I'm curious to hear about others experiences: + positive and - negative

I have a 2011 Novara Transfer which comes with a chain guard. Here's what it looks like:

But if the friction of a Hebie isn't noticeable, I'd prefer the better chain protection/lower maintenance of it over my stock chainguard.

My bike comes with a 42T chainring and 21T rear cog. But I'm seeing this page: http://www.bikefront.com/products/ch...glider-for-44T
say a 44T model is designed for an 18 to 20T rear cog.

And this page:
http://www.bikefront.com/products/ch...glider-for-38T
says a 38T model is designed for an 18-22T rear cog. So what is the deal? Why would the smaller 38T chainring work with 21T cog, but the 44T only goes up to a 20T cog?

I do see on this page:
https://www.velorution.biz/shop/checkout/
that a 42T model is available which will work with an 18 - 21T cog. But I'm in the US. Would be nice to have this model available in the States. I guess this is the one I'll have to go with.

Here is an informative an positive review of the chainglider:http://cyclea2b.blogspot.com/2010/10...us-part-7.html

One more question I have is: Will this work on top of my bash guard? I'd prefer to keep the bash guard on which helps protect the chainring as well as act as a minimal chain guard.

Both my current chainguard/bashguard and the Hebie will keep my pants leg from getting caught. I'm concerned here that the benefit of a cleaner lower-maintenance chain via the Hebie, might come at the cost of a more vulnerable chainring. But I do ride only on city street and fairly carefully as a 30-something male. So maybe the chainring isn't that vulnerable. Aesthetically I probably would prefer my stock setup to the way the Hebie would look on the bike. So maybe I should forget about it. But still, I had dreamt of a bike with a full chaincase for a long time. I finally settled on the Transfer in March because it had most everything I wanted at a much lower price then all my other options. Of course, even with a perfect fit, a Hebie won't provide quite the protection of a full chaincase so I dunno. You can see the curvature of my crank arms disallows the fitting of some kinds of aftermarket chaincases such as this one:http://www.dutchbikebits.com/index.p...product_id=140

The hole for the crank arm would be way too small. So maybe some of you can help me sort out some of these doubts, and concerns I have.

Maybe I'm crazy to mess with the overall look of the bike:

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Guess I scarred people off with the long 1st post. It would seem using the Chainglider requires I ditch not only my existing chain guard but also the bash guard. It also appears that Velorution offers the size I would require. So my question is:

Is the potential for a cleaner chain worth ditching my existing guards?

I guess this is a subjective decision. But those who've used the Hebie can maybe attest to whether it is worthwhile or not. And yes, I have read through many of the other mentions of the chainglider but I haven't found an instance like mine where someone is considering whether to forego an existing guard for the Hebie.

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