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    Have a look here it may give you some ideas

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    Best chainstay protection?

    I'm just about to pick up my new Moonlander and I was wondering what's the best chainstay protector to get to avoid chain damage to the paint on the chain stay and also keep it quiet in the rough.

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    I did the inner tube mod. I cut a section of an old tube, and used 4 zip ties to hold it in place. I've only been on one ride with it, but it seems to be holding up well enough...



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    I got a clear gel "stick on" one for my MukLuk, so far so good but time will tell. It definately adds to the look regardless.
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    There are loads of options that all work to protect the chainstay. The main difference between the DIY/free options [inner tube/electrical tape] and the ones you buy [lizard skins] is just how they look and the price.
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    I use an inner tube on all my MTB- I wrap it like bar tape and secure the end with some electrical tape. Works great

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    Kind of partial to this one...
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    Here's a better way of using an old innertube.



    I usually start at the drop-out end and end with a couple of zip-ties behind the chainrings. Just wrap it nice and tight and it'll keep all water and grit/sand/mud out.

    The problem with those velcro-closed ones is that they get very contaminated underneath, so if you are using one, take it off frequently for cleaning.

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    The Lizard Skins are nice cuz they're easy to install/remove when needed.

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    I just used some orange electrical tape. Keeps the paint from getting chipped up, def does not help with the noise though.

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    For a very tough chainstay protector use a piece of a folding road bike tire cut to length. Cut holes every inch or so on each side and weave paracord or something similar through it like you would lace up a boot. Looks tough and I bet it'll last quite a while.

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    I like that idea SS.

    I wonder if a hole punch would be tough enough to do the job...
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    At my favorite FatBike bike shop, they were cutting up an old Endomorph and zipping it to the stay. Might be too heavy for weight weenies, but it sure looks cool!
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    On a related note... chainstay protectors, why? Not meaning to be argumentative, just genuinely curious. I've never noticed any excessive wear in that area on my bikes in the past (before they became so prevalent) and even if there are scratches and stuff there... I guess that doesn't really bother me, I get that all over my mountain bikes anyway.

    Do some just like the look?

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    Mister Tuffy wrap


    Self vulcanizing tape.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Colo Springs E View Post
    On a related note... chainstay protectors, why? Not meaning to be argumentative, just genuinely curious. I've never noticed any excessive wear in that area on my bikes in the past (before they became so prevalent) and even if there are scratches and stuff there... I guess that doesn't really bother me, I get that all over my mountain bikes anyway.

    Do some just like the look?
    I'd say there is a lot to it. It's all personal preference. Some may like the look of a chainstay protector, some may not. Some may like the look of a beat up, used bike with lots of character...some may not. One thing I can say is that a bike will sell much easier with a spotless driveside chainstay, so some may be preserving what they can in hopes of getting a higher resale value. The amount of wear from chainslap also determines if the rider wants to protect their frame or not. Someone who rides a lot and rides on very rough terrain may choose to protect their frame over others. I do not have any chainstay protection on my singlespeed because, well, my singlespeed chain never touches the frame. However, on my Stumpjumper FSR I have a chainstay protector, but it is the stock one. I would probably put one on even if it didn't come with one just because it is quieter. The chain on rubber contact is quieter than chain on frame. I think it all boils down to just plain ol' personal preference really.

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    I had a MTB that didn't have a chainstay protector on it and the driveside chainstay took a beating. A lot of paint was removed and it looked heinous. The damage wasn't structural, but I didn't like looking at it so I've used chainstay protectors on my bikes since then.

    If you have a delicate frame [carbon fiber] the damage could result in some serious problems. Otherwise it's just aesthetic. So in most cases it's only a problem it you care about a chipped/beat up chainstay.
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    Sometimes the weight weenies won't run them for the obvious concern...weight. But they don't really count anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    I'd say there is a lot to it. It's all personal preference. Some may like the look of a chainstay protector, some may not. Some may like the look of a beat up, used bike with lots of character...some may not. One thing I can say is that a bike will sell much easier with a spotless driveside chainstay, so some may be preserving what they can in hopes of getting a higher resale value. The amount of wear from chainslap also determines if the rider wants to protect their frame or not. Someone who rides a lot and rides on very rough terrain may choose to protect their frame over others. I do not have any chainstay protection on my singlespeed because, well, my singlespeed chain never touches the frame. However, on my Stumpjumper FSR I have a chainstay protector, but it is the stock one. I would probably put one on even if it didn't come with one just because it is quieter. The chain on rubber contact is quieter than chain on frame. I think it all boils down to just plain ol' personal preference really.
    Got it, makes sense.

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    Just my .02

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    I use the free neoprane one that came in the wrapper with a Bike mag. Works like a champ
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    Possible to just use some electrical tape and hockey tape? I'm a noobie looking to protect ;d

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    A new one on my blue 9zero7, double safety wire next to the bottom bracket shell since zip ties are not that long lasting



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    Or go Singlespeed.

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    I wouldn't suggest electrical tape because its not very thick/protective and you'll never get all of that sticky residue off your frame. Same with hockey tape, it's just a bit thicker than electrical tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colo Springs E View Post
    On a related note... chainstay protectors, why? Not meaning to be argumentative, just genuinely curious. I've never noticed any excessive wear in that area on my bikes in the past (before they became so prevalent) and even if there are scratches and stuff there... I guess that doesn't really bother me, I get that all over my mountain bikes anyway.

    Do some just like the look?
    Wow, in New England, even road bike chainstays take a beating in a short time.
    My shop did a nice tube chainstay wrap on the fatbike with an old tube, but it got all weird and fuzzy. I can't be sure, but it seemed like this was after beach (saltwater) riding, I think it still looked pretty good after snowriding season, even with some salted road sections. I got another neoprene/velcro one, and so far, so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    I wouldn't suggest electrical tape because its not very thick/protective and you'll never get all of that sticky residue off your frame. Same with hockey tape, it's just a bit thicker than electrical tape.
    i like using 3M Mastik 2200 series tape. thick protective and sticks to itself and anything you wrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    The Lizard Skins are nice cuz they're easy to install/remove when needed.
    +1 I like them too. I know there are bunch of really good DIY solutions but sometimes I just want someone else to just do it for me.

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    +1 for the self vulcanising tape or as we call it self-emulsifying tape. Nice and thick, bonds well and no residue when you eventually remove it.

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    I use the 1" loop material from velcro that has the adhesive backing.

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    Best protection is singlespeed or hubgear.
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    I do the innertube mod on all my bikes. I use electrical tape at each end of the wrap. works like a charm.

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    +1 on the tube and electrical tape. I do it on both sides so when big rocks flip up and bash it it's protected. I've had it happen a couple times and I think to myself I'm glad I did it. Been on for 6 months and through a lot and is still holding up just fine.

    The velcro ones get loose, full of sand, mud and debris and grinds around in there.


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    I'm probably going to buy some self-vulcanizing tape by 3M. It's like $5.47 with prime on amazon. Even one of the reviews on it said that's what they were using it for and that it can do up to 3 bikes. That happens to be perfect, because me, my sister and my dad are all planning on getting new bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHeartwoodStudio View Post
    I'm probably going to buy some self-vulcanizing tape by 3M. It's like $5.47 with prime on amazon. Even one of the reviews on it said that's what they were using it for and that it can do up to 3 bikes. That happens to be perfect, because me, my sister and my dad are all planning on getting new bikes.
    The Vulcanize tape works really well, specially with complex shapes since is very flexible & stretchy, but is not as strong as the tuffy's (in case chainsuck happens)


    Ps congratulations on the new bikes.

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    Thanks! I've ordered the Motobecane 450HT white (plan to upgrade parts on it later on), and the black vulcanizing tape will look nice on it. I think my sister is planning on getting a Diamondback (white aswell). They'll get dirty quickly I'm sure, but hey thats half the fun.

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    lizard skins also works great. i have it on my wifes trek bike
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    I use Lizard Skins and like them.
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    Mine will not work on complex shapes, it will not work on big tubes but it works great on Fatbacks. I have always like to repurpose things and in this case old road tubulars work well on smaller diameter frames and Cyclocross tubulars work good on some fatter frames.
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    Scotch 2228 Moisture Sealing (Self amalgamating) electrical tape is usually available at Lowes and Home Depot. MBA did an article, cut and paste this and delete the extra spaces (I'm too new to be able to post links yet).

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    just as good as singlespeed is Sram Type 2. and to a lesser extent, Shimano Shadow Plus. seriously, i don't know why there aren't any clutch deraileurs on here ever

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    Best I've seen so far is heat shrink tubing. Looks super pro, and is cheap. $15 for ~3 applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    Best I've seen so far is heat shrink tubing. Looks super pro, and is cheap. $15 for ~3 applications.

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    I think your are missing the most important part, how to "Stick it" into the chainstay passing by the drop outs

    And even then the thickness of the material varies if you have anything different than round/oval tubes, anything with corners like a square tube will have very little material at the edge of the corner and more on the flat parts making it weaker..

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    Like some others have said, I like the 2228 tape.
    1 in. x 10 ft. 2228 Rubber Mastic Electrical Tape-50727-BA-5 at The Home Depot
    As I recall it comes in a shorter roll for about 5 bucks or so. I don't care for the Velcro type, they trap so much dirt underneath,and it grinds on the chainstay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patineto View Post
    I think your are missing the most important part, how to "Stick it" into the chainstay passing by the drop outs

    And even then the thickness of the material varies if you have anything different than round/oval tubes, anything with corners like a square tube will have very little material at the edge of the corner and more on the flat parts making it weaker..
    Oh I forgot, my bikes have the Split Pivot/APB setup so that's why it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trhoppe View Post
    Oh I forgot, my bikes have the Split Pivot/APB setup so that's why it works.
    Cool show us pictures I want to see..

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    Actually if you want to go really extreme how about a "Thermoform" guard (not thermoset-aka epoxi resin, etc)

    A little history, the "seat stays" on my Nicolai M-pire keep touching my hells (very wide 165mm rear end) so I decide to make some really tough guards for them.

    Notice the 3mm 3M material on the left chainstay.


    Sorry I don't have better pictures and/or details.


    I only have a few pieces of this awesome material left, if not I will have it in most of my frames.

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    Cut up an old knobby mtn bike tire, wrap it, and use zip ties to hold it in place. Looks pretty cool in the end.

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    Strip of raw hide.

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    Use scissors to cut them accordantly. wipsh!

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