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Old 02-26-13, 02:44 PM   #1
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Chain johnny/chain cover for storage... Worth the $?

Hey all-
Last year I made the huge mistake of leaning my bike up against my new curtains lovingly sewed by my mother. (It may or may not have been after a night of drinking. No, I did not ride home that night.) In the morning, I realized I had gotten some grease on them, and there was no way she wouldn't notice the intermittend black spots. I washed the curtain after soaking the grease spots with detergent, and to my horror, not only did the curtains shrink by 10", the detergent lightened all the areas where the grease was. Fortunately my mom had extra fabric and sewed me another curtain.

To prevent the same thing from happening again -- because, let's face it, sometimes you arrive home from work and have to pee SO BADLY that you forget about the chain/curtain problem and just leave your bike wherever -- I started putting plastic grocery bags over the chain. Unfortunately, they picked up a lot of the grease and were a total PITA to arrange.

Has anyone ever used one of these chain cover/johnnys before? From what I've read, the latter used to be known as something else, but if I type it out it may trigger some red flags on my work's interwebz.

http://www.amazon.com/M-Wave-Bicycle.../dp/B007Y5E9NS
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...72_-1___202378


I'm pretty handy, so I'm wondering if there's a cheaper, homemade alternative to this. Like I said, the grocery bags kind of work, but they get messy, especially when I'm trying to cover up the gears.

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Old 02-26-13, 03:06 PM   #2
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have you thought of getting a bike rack for the floor of your house?
there are some pretty nice ones that you hang the bike off the floor by the top tube..

I have a 'coffee table'. it is just the right height to steady the bike, supporting it by its Pedal.


that thing you saw on Amazon, was so folks can put their bikes in the back seat of their car and not get the upholstry dirty

surely a Mum who can sew curtains , can sew something that will keep her curtain job clean,

perhaps sew a black strip along the bottom of the curtain so it hides the grime.

[It's why I usually wear black pants. ]

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Next time, don't lean the chain side against anything.
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^^^ This. Duh.
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OP, that does look like a solution without a problem
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^^^ This. Duh.
Dude, if you're drinking so much that you can't connect the dots here, maybe you ought to give this some thought.
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I store my bikes in my basement away from any curtains

Go belt drive. Then no dirty chain to worry about
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If you want to buy something just go ahead, you don't need any excuses.
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Next time, don't lean the chain side against anything.
Well, yes, that's an idea, but if I flip the bike around, it means I'm leaning it against the window glass, making it hard to open the shades and whatnot. This direction is nice because I can walk in the door, prop the back end against the wall (which unfortunately has a piece of curtain in the way) and not have to worry about it squirreling around.

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I was merely asking if anyone had used these and if they thought it was worth purchasing one.
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Be patient waiting for the few that may fit all those criteria..
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