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    Does anyone use a derailleur protector?

    Just been browsing eBay this evening for some cycle related bargains and found one of these:

    Cycling Bike Bicycle Rear Derailleur Chain Stay Guard Protector #K | eBay

    I've never seen one of these before - they look like they could be useful in the case of having a big spill out on the trail... so does anyone use one?

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    Never used one on any of my bikes however I have had derailleurs break while riding. Every time it's been small twigs getting caught in the wheels causing them to bend around and snap the unit off or bend it all to hell when you peddle.
    I can't think of a failure where that guard would have helped me.

    That being said, I think it's a great idea. Especially for older frames where the derailleur threads directly into the frame. Lose that thread and you're pooched.

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    To me that looks like trouble waiting to happen.

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    They're primarily meant for kids who can't wrap not throwing the bike on its side around their heads. As far as trail-related mishaps, they will only protect you from a crash, not from trail snakes (twigs/sticks). Integrated hangers are almost always on steel bikes, so no problem bending back, and you can use a dropout saver to fix it if the threads get elongated.

    So, not very useful.

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    I see! Fair enough, Its just i've never seen them before!

    On a similar note, is it worth buying a Chain Stay Protector?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDougieDouglas View Post

    On a similar note, is it worth buying a Chain Stay Protector?
    Yes and no. I used to spray rocker guard (rubberized paint) on my steel bikes to stop them from rusting out once the chain wore the factory paint away.

    I assumed I wouldn't need a guard on the aluminum frame but I find that it reduces a ton of chain slap noise from going over rough patches and jumping etc. I ended up with a cloth one.

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    Several options:

    Best chainstay protection?
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    A cheap chainstay protector is to cut an old tube to about 12-14 inches (depending on the length of your stays) and wrap the stay with it. Wrap it sort of like you are taping a hockey stick (angled and overlapping). Keep it held on with black electrical tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzaboom View Post
    A cheap chainstay protector is to cut an old tube to about 12-14 inches (depending on the length of your stays) and wrap the stay with it. Wrap it sort of like you are taping a hockey stick (angled and overlapping). Keep it held on with black electrical tape.
    Zip ties work better, and leave no sticky residue when it comes time to remove/replace it.

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    just dont buy that is useless just do the tube thing for protecting the chainstay

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeDougieDouglas View Post
    Just been browsing eBay this evening for some cycle related bargains and found one of these:

    Cycling Bike Bicycle Rear Derailleur Chain Stay Guard Protector #K | eBay

    I've never seen one of these before - they look like they could be useful in the case of having a big spill out on the trail... so does anyone use one?

    Thanks
    I have this on my Walmart bike!

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