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Old 03-23-07, 08:27 AM
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Looking for a chain guard

I am riding a Cannondale with 2 chain ring gears to work. However, I would like to put a chain guard on it since it would stop contact with the chain and keep work clothes cleaner . The problem is the gear changer up front stops me from grabbing a guard off a cheap bike and putting it on . All the guards I have seen clamp up and get in the way of a front changer .

Anybody seen a guard that I can use with my type of bike?
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Old 03-23-07, 08:43 AM
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The front derailer is going to make fitting a chain guard very difficult. I've tried this using several different chain guards and have never been completely successful. My solution was to lose the derailer and use a single chain ring up front. The terrain here is very flat and five speeds (or less, really) is sufficient. Still, if you want to give it a try, WALD makes a chrome chain guard that looks like this:



I ordered mine through my LBS, but they are also available online.

EDIT: You could also try this.
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Old 03-23-07, 01:51 PM
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Appreciate your idea. However, here in CO I need the double front.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Myself
MegaLowRider.com is a U.S. source of chain guards. They have several variations of the one chocula posted.
Azor produces work bikes for the European market. You may be able to get a full chain case from one of their dealers.
Biria and Electra both sell bikes in the U.S. with chain guards/cases, and you may be able to get a replacement one through their dealers.
In all cases they are going to be a challenge to mount on a frame not designed for them.
The easiest to mount chain guard I've seen is also one of the most elegant, made by Sogreni.
This thread comes up every now and again. My pat response.

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Electra sure makes some nice bikes . But I never see any double front chain ring bikes with a guard . As soon as they go to a duel front ring, the chain guard is dropped. I just keep thinking there is a way to put a guard over a multi front ring set up despite the front changer**********?? Or perhaps I copuld get rich and buy a Rolloff 21 speed internal hub
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Old 03-23-07, 03:31 PM
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I might give this a go made by Kool-Stop for my commuter, looks simple.

Chain Disc for compact 42t rings

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Old 03-23-07, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by jjciiijs
Electra sure makes some nice bikes . But I never see any double front chain ring bikes with a guard . As soon as they go to a duel front ring, the chain guard is dropped. I just keep thinking there is a way to put a guard over a multi front ring set up despite the front changer**********?? Or perhaps I copuld get rich and buy a Rolloff 21 speed internal hub
Rohloff's hubs are 14 speed, but they have the same gear range as a 27 speed derailleur system, or in other words the top gear is 500% taller than the bottom gear. All the gears are 33% taller than the previous gear, no overlaps or uneven gear spacing that is endemic to derailleurs.

+1 to David Lee's idea of using a bash guard, easier to install and much easier to find on this side of the Atlantic.
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Specialized had one on their Globe model that worked with a front derailleur. Alternately, get a chainguard that mounts not on the bike, but on your pants! Yeah, I know you were looking for bike solutions, but look at a set of cheap, breathable gaiters from an outdoor store.
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I noticed that Cannondale also has a chain guard on their Street model that has a triple chainring, I saw it in their catalog, so I'm not sure how exactly it mounts, but I'm sure with a bit of creativity, it could be done.
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Old 03-25-07, 01:07 AM
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My bike has a triple chainring, and a chainguard. Here are some close up photos of it, it may give you more of an idea how it is mounted.
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Old 03-25-07, 03:16 AM
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Chainguards with a cutout for the FD are also made. My wife has an aftermarket one on her CrossCheck. Sadly I don't know where to buy them in North America.
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Old 03-25-07, 07:31 AM
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I'd recommend getting a new bike, one with a chainguard built in. That way, you have a backup bike when your primary one is in the shop. You can use the old "rubber band on the pants leg" trick those few times when you have to ride your backup. You really can never have too many bikes.

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Old 03-25-07, 11:57 AM
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If you decide to go SS/Fixed or install an internal hub you can go with an Hebie Chain Case, sadly not readily available in the U.S. but still obtainable.

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The Bianchi and Cannondale posted above seem to use the same chainguard

Now why the fsck can't we buy one aftermarket?!
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Originally Posted by gubawatts
I noticed that Cannondale also has a chain guard on their Street model that has a triple chainring, I saw it in their catalog, so I'm not sure how exactly it mounts, but I'm sure with a bit of creativity, it could be done.
I will be looking into this, thanks
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Old 03-26-07, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by dwoloz
The Bianchi and Cannondale posted above seem to use the same chainguard

Now why the fsck can't we buy one aftermarket?!
Yeah, the triple up front is pretty standard fair for most bikes sold in the US. I wonder why no one has come up with a fairly universal chain guard for these?

If anyone finds one, let me know!
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