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Old 04-30-15, 07:22 PM
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Anyone used the Lizard Skin Chainstay protector?

Hi all, not trying to advertise for them or something, but I want to know for those of you riding road bikes, what sizes of this are you getting? The bike in question is a S2 frame and it doesn't have anything to shield the frame from the chain gunk, and I don't really want to tape one of those things on the frame.

There's
small Amazon.com : Lizard Skins Standard Chainstay Protector : Sports & Outdoors
jumbo Amazon.com : Lizard Skins Chainstay Protector : Sports & Outdoors
super jumbo (what the ****?) Amazon.com : Lizard Skins Chainstay Guard Super Jumbo Black : Bike Chain Guards : Sports & Outdoors
standard? http://www.amazon.com/Lizard-Skins-S...ST02A85FX6439D

The sizing is a bit confusing, as some said jumbo for 29er's and then the comments say the small is too small?

If not, what are some other stuff you recommend to this job? I was thinking wrapping some thin bar tape around that area?
Not sure if this is the right forum either, so please move it to (general? or another forum if appropriate).
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 04-30-15, 07:25 PM
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I meant as opposed to one of those stick on chainstay protectors because I am not sure how/if you can get them off without messing up the glue residue.
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Old 04-30-15, 07:25 PM
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The most I have is a little invisible plastic tape. Do you suffer from lots of chain slap that would make it necessary to have something like this on your frame?
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Old 04-30-15, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Monkey D.Luffy View Post
I meant as opposed to one of those stick on chainstay protectors because I am not sure how/if you can get them off without messing up the glue residue.
Oh ok. I've never actually felt the need to remove the tape once it goes on. The tape on my oldest bike (16 years old) still looks fine.
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Old 04-30-15, 07:48 PM
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The most effective, and awesome, thing you can possibly do is wrap the entire chainstay with electrical tape, and if you really want to dampen the sound of chain slap you can first wrap a rubber rim strip around and then follow up with electrical tape. If you do it real nice the first time it will likely hold up for years. Give it a shot, there's nothing to lose but time.

EDIT: Yeah, bar tape would work, but might be a tad bulky looking...I'd still cover it with electrical tape however since it would be so much easier to clean.

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Old 04-30-15, 07:51 PM
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BTW, what is an S2 frame? Please forgive my ignorance.
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Old 04-30-15, 07:58 PM
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I've used one of those chain stay protectors on a mountain bike. It worked great and did the job however there was an issue with it and the paint. The bike is a white pearl and after a few years the paint under the protector had turned noticeably darker. It's like the black color of the protector bled into the white paint. I haven't found a way to remedy this. If your bike is a dark color you should have no problem.
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Old 04-30-15, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust View Post
BTW, what is an S2 frame? Please forgive my ignorance.
The kind of bike you wouldn't put a Lizard skin or electrical tape on. Cervelo.
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Old 04-30-15, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
The kind of bike you wouldn't put a Lizard skin or electrical tape on. Cervelo.
No offense, but I totally disagree. I just looked the frame up. If you really take your time and be meticulous, the electrical tape can look nice. You can also find CLEAR electrical tape at some hardware stores. I'm just sayin', if it was my bike I would do it and it would look damn fine.
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Old 04-30-15, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust View Post
No offense, but I totally disagree. I just looked the frame up. If you really take your time and be meticulous, the electrical tape can look nice. You can also find CLEAR electrical tape at some hardware stores. I'm just sayin', if it was my bike I would do it and it would look damn fine.
Sure I'd buy that. I was thinking the Matte black stuff. I still draw the line at lizard skins though!
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Old 04-30-15, 08:27 PM
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I've used 'em on mountain bikes and think they perform and look great. Not sure how many sizes there are but if in doubt, get a larger one. I got one that was too small one time.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Sure I'd buy that. I was thinking the Matte black stuff. I still draw the line at lizard skins though!
Agreed...Lizard Skins look like crap on any bike, especially the longer they are on they get all twisted looking and filthy.
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Old 05-01-15, 04:40 AM
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How about using self-fusing silicone tape? It is available is a variety of colors including clear, and since it only adheres to itself it doesn't bleed adhesive like electrical tape and can be easily removed.
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Old 05-01-15, 05:32 AM
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To answer your original question ... the "small" Lizard Skin is only suitable for the round stays on a typical steel frame. On my steel CX bike with slightly oversize stays, I can stretch the small to fit, but that's about the limit. For anything carbon you almost certainly need the larger size (and even that may not fit some of the extremely "girthy" stays on some CF frames.
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As for a recommendation: anything you use will look tacky. The better solution is to keep your chain clean so the stays don't get all gunked up. If you keep the chain reasonably clean, a quick wipe of the stay with odorless mineral spirits on a clean rag every few rides will keep the stay looking like new.

I ran a Lizard Skin on the CX bike for a while to protect the stay from chain slap, but that's rarely a problem on the road. With an upgrade to a clutch type RD, now I don't even use the Skin on the CX bike any more.
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Helicopter tape or other 3M clear film. Clear and provides better protection than electrical tape.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
The kind of bike you wouldn't put a Lizard skin or electrical tape on. Cervelo.
3M Leading edge tape is what you want. Perfectly clear and invisible on the bike. No need to ever take it off.

I make the long cuts with a metal ruler and exacto knife and then trip the corners with scissors. It's mildly flexible so it can go into curves.

I put it on the chain stay around the BB, the back of the seat tube where the tire is close and up in the top of the fork. All the chip prone areas.

This is enough to do several bikes, share with your friends.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 05-01-15, 08:15 AM
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A lot of this fancy tape is pretty expensive. I guess you get a lot more than you need, but it's good for a long time. Still, this is what I put on my bike and it works for $6.

Amazon.com : Wheels Manufacturing Chain Stay Protector (Bag of 1), Clear : Bike Tool Kits : Sports & Outdoors
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Thanks for the responses. I thought it would look not optimal and probably get dirty and messed up over time. I see a lot of people with the tape, but it looks pretty ungainly. I'll just try and keep the drivetrain clean and clean off the bike in order to avoid that. Thanks.
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Old 05-03-15, 08:27 PM
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As far as a product for protecting the chain stay, I've always used regular "electrical" tape on my Miyata 1000LT touring bike. The electrical tape can be cut to size and removes easily, leaving no marks or residue if you ever wish to replace it or change colors. The electrical tape comes in a variety of colors like: white, yellow, red, orange, dark blue, green and of course, black. It's about a 10 minute job to put the tape on the chain stay. The best part is that you can remove the tape and re-position it if you need to. Just make sure the painted surface is clean before applying.
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