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How important are chainstay protectors?

Old 06-18-09, 09:52 AM
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How important are chainstay protectors?

I'm in the process of revamping my bicycle, including a totally new paintjob. I'm trying to give the bike a very simple/classic look, almost like a fixed gear. When I strip down the frame, I'm tempted to not put another chainstay protector on. My current one seems to have minimal wear on it, which makes me think it hasn't been taking much abuse.

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Old 06-18-09, 09:54 AM
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not important at all if you ride unfinished Ti
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Not important at all if you never slap your chain against the stay.
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Old 06-18-09, 09:58 AM
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They made clear plastic ones that are hard to see.
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Old 06-18-09, 10:02 AM
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If you decide, this is pretty good. No logos and almost invisible.
http://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/item/BKSVGY4K
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I think the invisible plastic ones are perfect for road bikes. My bike has some chips from chain slap because it doesn't have a protector. But it's a cheap aluminum bike, so I don't care.

On a MTB the big thick velcro on ones are definitely important to have. You'll destroy a plastic thin one pretty quickly on singletrack.
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Old 06-18-09, 10:20 AM
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Funny, I my chainstays are cleared carbon. I do not have a protector, but it still looks like new.
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It only takes one oops to figure this question out.

I use electrical tape on my fixed gear and clear on my roadie.
Electrical tape actually looks nice. My neighbor who rides as well was asking me where I found that chain stay protector. I handed him a roll.
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I'd say optional for road bikes, absolutely required for mtn bikes.
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I just use clear packaging tape. It scratches easy but then you can just put another piece on.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Not important at all if you never slap your chain against the stay.
What he said.

If I road chopped up streets, I'd invest in one.

My only bike with a chainstay protector is my MTB.
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just get a clear one and you wont even be able to see it.
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Old 06-18-09, 01:50 PM
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I use electrical tape on my fixed gear and clear on my roadie.
Not trying to be a jerk, but why do you even need a chain guard on a fixed gear?
 
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For changing flats mostly.
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I ride unfinished Ti and still use a clear one. If you hit train tracks often (or are a pot hole magnet), I'd use one if for nothing else than to protect the finish. Especially carbon.
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I took mine off because it was starting to peel and look grungy. Mistake. The paint now has about a million chips.
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