I don't use a bashguard on my singlespeeds (or my IGH bike either) as around here it's more trouble than its worth because the gap between the bash and the chainring gets quickly filled up with pine needles and assorted other crap and it's a pain to clean out. Anyway, I've never had any chainring damage from the odd log or rock contact. Mind you, Middleburn Uno chainrings (and the HBC versions too) aren't easily bent nor can you run a bashring anyway.
I do use a bashring on my 2x9 FS bike though, as there are times when the chain is on the granny ring with nothing to protect the 32T chainring. Still gets jammed full of trail debris though....
I have one on all my bikes. I would not ride without it, but I do like to see how big of a tree I can ride over. There is a nice 3 1/2 footer right now I have been playing on and a 4 ft rock I have found to ride up like a ledge. All the technique in the world will not let you make this stuff without hitting the bash for the most part.
Anything under 2 ft normally I do not hit it unless I make a mistake, then I am glad it is there.
I use a Rotor Q-Ring, I think I'd have to make it myself if I wanted one to work..and it would inevitably look really clunky with the shape. Unless I just ran one that was a bit bigger than the chainring. Not a lot of log rollovers where I live, but with higher BB, and smaller chainring on my SS..its never really a problem and I usually pop my back end over stuff anyways. I don't think its really needed for that application.
My Tallboy is a different story with a 38T chainring and low BB, but again I use a Rotor ring...so not really something that's available.
I used at 36t BBG with my Rotor Ring and it covered it quite well. Doesn't sound like you need one at all though.
I run bbg and it's been fine. I do like the looks without it better but then again, it has taken a few good hits by now. More or less makes me more relaxed not having to think about it while going over logs and rocks.
i like the clean aesthetic of no bash ring (chain guard). pure simplicity.
That's funny, I feel the complete opposite. I tried no bash guard on my SS for a while and I thought it looked silly. I'll take the added weight of my Salsa Toothfairy over the lighter no-bashguard bike any day. FWIW I rarely hit it because with good technique you should always miss your chainrings (as max-a-mil pointed out); this is especially true on a SS where I'm on a 36t ring.
If you are slamming your BB/chain ring area into obstacles, you are not doing it right.
Im surprised more people dont use the first two techniques. They are easy as heck and you can clear almost anything up to 2 feet.
The bunnyhop is nice too, but can only be done at speed. These first two can be done really slow while climbing or riding technical stuff.
Good video. I think it just depends on your terrain. There are some trails here that are too rocky/gnarly to be hopping over anything. Unless you start doing some trials stuff, which I'm incapable of doing.