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MichaelinGeorgi 05-30-09 08:30 AM

chain guard
I ride a Rans LWB and commute about 4 mi to work every day. Since I am a teacher, we are supposed to wear slacks, but the chain can really do a number on them. So most of the time if I am careful, the slacks can survive a week or two. Are there any chain guards that can be attached to the bike?

Michael in Georgia

teacherbill 05-30-09 12:42 PM

Encase the chain in a piece of split vinyl tubing, support the tubing along the normal chain pathway and that should take care of the job. I commute back and forth to school, but wear shorts to and from and change when I get to school in the coaches office area.

jcostanz 06-01-09 11:46 AM and others sell Teflon Chain Tubes. Nashbar and others sell elastic bands to secure the bottoms of your pants.

Jerry in So IL 06-01-09 03:26 PM


On the chain tubes from Hostel Shoppe, do you order one or two? Do you put just one tube on both chains?


BlazingPedals 06-01-09 05:06 PM

One tube for each direction, if that's what you need. You don't split the tubing, you run the chain through it before connecting it back together. The tricky part of using chain tubes is to mount them so they can move as the chain moves, without coming loose and running into your gears.

Jerry in So IL 06-01-09 05:52 PM

I saw the HS has a chain mounting spring kit as well. Might give them a call tomorrow and see.


gcottay 06-01-09 06:22 PM

If the chain tubes don't work out, you could always get in the habit of changing at school.

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