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    Do I need a chainstay protector?

    I've noticed that when riding on rougher/bumpier sections of trail, my chain will often bounce around a lot. It doesn't jump to other gears on its own, but it make a heck of a racket. I'm pretty sure it's hitting the chainstay, since it's more noticeable when I use the smallest chain ring up front. Is this normal, or a sign of that the chain is too slack? Would a chainstay protector help reduce the noise?

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    Doesn't a chainstay protector just prevent your chain from rubbing the paint off the chainstay, anyways? Maybe run a derailer with a beefier spring?

    This is purely speculation, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knave View Post
    I've noticed that when riding on rougher/bumpier sections of trail, my chain will often bounce around a lot. It doesn't jump to other gears on its own, but it make a heck of a racket. I'm pretty sure it's hitting the chainstay, since it's more noticeable when I use the smallest chain ring up front. Is this normal, or a sign of that the chain is too slack? Would a chainstay protector help reduce the noise?
    Yes, the chainstay protector will muffle the sound. You can make your own with an old inner-tube and zip ties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    Yes, the chainstay protector will muffle the sound. You can make your own with an old inner-tube and zip ties.
    +1. I've always made 'em this way.
    "I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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    Everybody needs chainstay protectors.

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    ive been doing the innertube and zip ties thing for years glad its not just me, saves your paint , plus the horrible slapping noise ,

    paul

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    Get a lizard skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvxc View Post
    Get a lizard skin.
    Old tube wins bay a mile........
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Old tube wins bay a mile........
    +1. Never even been tempted to actually pay for one.

    It would be like me, being a carpenter, paying for a five-gallon bucket or carpenter pencils. Blasphemy!
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    You should get one of the ones made out of real CF.

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    I've done both. I have no preference.
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    hehe

    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    I've done both. I have no preference.
    thats what she said
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    When going over bumpy terrain, especially downhill, use your outer chainring. For me, for example, 42x16 is roughly equivalent to 32x12, but the former results in the chain being higher above the chainstay.
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    Not wearing a helmet makes me more aware of my surroundings. I find myself anticipating the hardness of concrete 50 or 100 feet in front of me, it's almost a zen-like connection between my face and the pavement.

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    A lizard skin, to me, looks better and its $7.00 that helps keep the LBS open.

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    Ones made out of left over clear-bra material (stuff that goes on your car...); and another I made from a tennis racket grip tape :-) .

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    Old tube works great. You can also apply to other high-wear areas of the bike, such as the top-tube, if worried about it getting damaged.

    Don't get one of those stick-on CF ones. They work like poo, I had one on the CX bike and it peeled off after maybe 3 races.

    Using the outer chainring is a good idea too, as it loads the RD spring more, as well as keeping the chain further from the stay.

    Lots of good suggestions in this thread!
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