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    chain slap? let me make a suggestion.

    quick simple FREEEEEEEEEEEEE, cut a 8 or 9 inch section out of an old road bike tire or tube. grab about four zip ties and wrap your frame between your front derailer and your rear derailer cable housing eyelet and zip tie it nice and tight be sure to give prper clearance for your derailer cable so not to cause friction or you will be causing lag and delay in your shift time. now you have a not so good looking but functional frame and chain slap protection.

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    Or for 5 bucks you can buy sports grip leather tape, the stuff wrapped around basesball bat handles, and wrap that around your frame. Looks nice, available at most sporting goods stores, replaceable after its beat up, and does not look like a f'd up mess ziptied to your bike!

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    lol well put, but the tape once wrapped around your frame becomes solid and doesnt realy take away much of the noise does it? and the black **** zip tied to your bike doesnt look half bad especialy if you use color zip ties. but i realy like your idea im going to give it a try just to see if i like it better. something tells me ill be replacing tape more often then id like to be. and peeling that stuff is like peeling duct tape off of a car bumper thats been sitting all summer long.

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    I electric taped an inner tube segment to mine.

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    apperantly you and i care about functionality only, i mean thats all that realy matters, am i right?
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    i split an innertube and wrapped it baseball bat grip style around my chainstay and ziptied it and it looks damn good thank you
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    glad we could all help, but you forgot the electric tape.
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    Velcro tape - the "loop" side (the soft fuzzy, not the catchy "hook" side) - works awesome.

    Patches/strips of velcro tape is available pretty much anywhere - like Target to Lowe's to REI - which you can cut to the size and shape you need for your chainstay.

    The velcro tape not only stays in place with a nice and clean appearance, but affords the desired noise and slap damping, and rinses clean as well.

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    .. i spent the 5 dollars on a chainstay protector

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    Wow...I wonder if anyone ever thought of this before now...wow.
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    20080312 chain stay wrap MTBR FORUM.jpg

    this looks much better than any conventional chainstay protector out there ... have since changed the grey zip tie for a black one and it looks even better

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    is that the new green friendly chainguide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedKillerV
    glad we could all help, but you forgot the electric tape.
    Sticky mess, etc. So, no.

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    I use the epoxy mixable glue, pour a thin (around 1\8 inch thick) coating
    on the under and over side of the chainstay. Protects and doesn't hide the
    original color, also never gets messy like electrical tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoehn9111
    I use the epoxy mixable glue, pour a thin (around 1\8 inch thick) coating
    on the under and over side of the chainstay. Protects and doesn't hide the
    original color, also never gets messy like electrical tape.
    I'd like to see some pics...

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    yeh man good stuff

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    Road bar tape. Hella light, keeps the chain quiet, and you can get it pretty much any color known to man. Usually pretty cheap too.
    I put it on the chainstay and lower part of the seat stay. I've done the inner tube deal, but prefer the bar wrap.
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    I don't do anything, the damn vertical dropouts wear out before the chainslap wears the chainstay out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Road bar tape. Hella light, keeps the chain quiet, and you can get it pretty much any color known to man. Usually pretty cheap too.
    I put it on the chainstay and lower part of the seat stay. I've done the inner tube deal, but prefer the bar wrap.
    did the same thing. spent 7 bucks on generic black bar wrap at the LBS. and ive got enough to replace it a few times over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    Road bar tape. Hella light, keeps the chain quiet, and you can get it pretty much any color known to man. Usually pretty cheap too.
    I put it on the chainstay and lower part of the seat stay. I've done the inner tube deal, but prefer the bar wrap.
    Which one is quieter? Does cork tape work better? Is this better then the chainstay protectors out there too?
    Last edited by cstone; 06-01-2009 at 06:29 AM.

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    I haven't tried the cork yet. Just the gel stuff.
    It's lasted quite a while.
    Might need to change it out a couple times a season.
    Depends on what drivetrain you are running.
    Sram seems to have less slap, so if you use shimano, it might wear out more often.

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    And for a whole $3.98 you can get a real chainstay protector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedKillerV
    quick simple FREEEEEEEEEEEEE, cut a 8 or 9 inch section out of an old road bike tire or tube. grab about four zip ties and wrap your frame between your front derailer and your rear derailer cable housing eyelet and zip tie it nice and tight be sure to give prper clearance for your derailer cable so not to cause friction or you will be causing lag and delay in your shift time. now you have a not so good looking but functional frame and chain slap protection.
    I wrapped mine with an old tube and used electrical tape to secure the ends. Been fine for over a year.

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    I just wrapped electrical tape around the chainstay from front to back and back to the front (creating 2 layers going in the correct direction). After 9 months, the tape still looks new. It doesn't cut down the noise much, but I don't get more than minor chain slap anyway. It was just to cover the scratches appearing in the frame paint.

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    Clear vinyl tubing split and then applied with zip ties.
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    with the intertube deal is that have to be under your cable or can it be over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    with the intertube deal is that have to be under your cable or can it be over?
    If it is exposed cable it will have to be under. If is is cable housing over is fine.

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    Use spiral wrap for electrical wiring.

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    Tennis grip tape.
    3 pack for $2, and looks very clean without any extra tapes or zip ties.

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    I've done that in areas where cables tend to rub against the frame, works great...never thought about it on a chain stay though. Some pics please.
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    Or put the bike into big ring up front and one or two down from big ring in back, this will take up all the slack and make it not bounce around as much. Also a great gear to climb short hills with.

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    I use the tube around the chainstay, but you don't need to put a ziptie around it. Just tuck the ends under, pull tight and cut off excess. Looks much better and saves the zipties for more important duties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceaxe
    I've done that in areas where cables tend to rub against the frame, works great...never thought about it on a chain stay though. Some pics please.
    Not sure if you are asking me, but this shows the tennis grip tape.
    For cable rub, I slip some small rubber o-rings over the cable, and position it so the o-ring keeps the cable from touching the frame.


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