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Old 12-18-13, 04:58 PM   #1
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Chain Cover

Can anyone recommend a good chain cover for hauling my bike inside my SUV? I need one that's not a huge pain to put on and off and doesn't require removing a pedal.

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Old 12-18-13, 05:03 PM   #2
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Why do you need a chain cover? Is something on top of the bike or chain?
I load my bike in my car so the left side of the bike is down. No greasy mess on anything and with the derailleur facing up, the hanger won't get bent.
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Old 12-18-13, 05:16 PM   #3
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Why do you need a chain cover? Is something on top of the bike or chain?
Yes - grease that I want to avoid getting on my interior, clothes, other gear, etc.

FWIW, I'm not laying it down. I'm pulling the front tire off and standing it on one side of the car so it doesn't take up the whole vehicle. The chain is right next to where hanging clothes would go, and my wife's testy about chain grease on her dresses.

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Old 12-18-13, 05:42 PM   #4
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Just use an old towel or t-shirt or summat. Just drape it over the chain,and afterwards fold it so the grease is on the inside.
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Old 12-18-13, 06:07 PM   #5
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Old 12-18-13, 06:19 PM   #6
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Sew yourself an oblong bag with a string or velcro to close it up and keep it on the bike?
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Old 12-18-13, 07:00 PM   #7
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White Lightning Chain Johnny from Performance Bike. I have been using it for six months now to carry my bike in the back seat of my truck standing up.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400019__400019
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Old 12-18-13, 09:08 PM   #8
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White Lightning Chain Johnny from Performance Bike. I have been using it for six months now to carry my bike in the back seat of my truck standing up.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400019__400019
Do you have to remove the pedal?
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Old 12-18-13, 09:44 PM   #9
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No, pedal can stay on. Chain needs to be on smallest cog of cassette and large chain ring with drive side crank arm at 12 O'clock. Chain rings and rear derailleur fit into pockets and a flap velcros over the chain. Once on, the crank arm can be rotated backward to 9-10 O'clock position so bike will sit on fork dropouts with the front wheel off.
The rear cassette is not completely covered. Unless you lean the drive side up against a seat, it shouldn't be a problem. At least it wasn't for me.

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Old 12-19-13, 08:22 AM   #10
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Been putting bikes in SUV and cars for ages. No chain cover needed. If there's a concern, a strategically place old towel or blanket etc. does the job.

Seems to me a chain cover would be more trouble than it's worth.
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I was going to make a point, but I had to chuckle when the Chain Johnny gave me a concrete example...

Option 1, bath towel from discount store $2-3, available in a variety of colors. For the ultra-fancy version get a set of bungee cords or velcro straps for an additional $2... Total $4-5, and can serve other purposes as needed. Can be done for free if you have an old towel you can use.

Bicycle specific solution (such as Chain Johnny), $20 or more ($40 or more if you also advetize with Shimano Dura-Ace or Campagnolo Super Record logos), and serves exactly one and only one purpose. Does it do better than a towel? Maybe, maybe not.


I also have to ask... Grease on chains??? I do hope you are just talking about dirty chain lube and not grease. A well maintained bike with chain lube will leave marks too, but it is nowhere near the mess that would be encountered if you use grease on your chain.
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I also have to ask... Grease on chains??? I do hope you are just talking about dirty chain lube and not grease. A well maintained bike with chain lube will leave marks too, but it is nowhere near the mess that would be encountered if you use grease on your chain.
I had a guy bring a bike to my clinic with a greased drivetrain. Biggest. Mess. Ev-var.
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I also have to ask... Grease on chains???
Once the stain is on my upholstry, luggage, or clothes, oil vs lube vs grease is an irrelevant distinction.

FWIW, I have a more than adequate supply of old towels, rags, socks, blankets, etc. But I'm interested in a more specific solution, and compared to the cost of my bike, my car, or dry cleaning, $20 isn't a lot of money to keep things clean.

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Go to a hardware store or plumbing shop and get some foam pipe insulation. It is split and fits right over the chain. Cheap solution.
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Go to a hardware store or plumbing shop and get some foam pipe insulation. It is split and fits right over the chain. Cheap solution.
Or use plastic wiring conduit. Also split, and holds up longer than foam. Saw this idea from the commuter forum, where a guy rides with conduit on his (single speed) chain! I don't know about that, but it would make a nice chain condom.
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Once the stain is on my upholstry, luggage, or clothes, oil vs lube vs grease is an irrelevant distinction.

FWIW, I have a more than adequate supply of old towels, rags, socks, blankets, etc. But I'm interested in a more specific solution, and compared to the cost of my bike, my car, or dry cleaning, $20 isn't a lot of money to keep things clean.
Years ago I started buying canvas painter's drop cloths from the Sherwin Williams store. They're sturdy, fairly cheap and come in several different sizes. I keep finding new uses for them. They look better than old towels and the like too.
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