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    Wrapping the Chainstay...share your functional artistic methods

    Personally I've always been a lizard skin man, but I've seen some nice wrap jobs on here.

    What did you use?
    How does it work?
    How does it look?

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    Lizard Skins don't work. They are soft and get cut by the chain. I've had scratches/damage under Lizard Skins. They are just not robust enough. I'm not to concerned with appearance. I just wrap with a strip of old tube. Cheaper and lasts forever.

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    Nothing fancy. I have the Jumbo Lizard Skin on the 26 F/S, none on the Monocog and I have this on my Bandersnatch:

    https://lizardskins.com/products/vie...&page_number=2



    Its really nice and thick and quiets down the chain slap.

    I know this isnt a 'wrap' as originally being asked for but I think this is a more cleaner look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie
    Lizard Skins don't work. They are soft and get cut by the chain. I've had scratches/damage under Lizard Skins. They are just not robust enough. I'm not to concerned with appearance. I just wrap with a strip of old tube. Cheaper and lasts forever.

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    That's what I did too. Old inner tube, cut in half, wrapped in electrical tape.
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    I use tubes most of the time, but I also think about the weight I'm adding.

    I like to do endurance races, so an extra 200-300 grams adds up over several hours.

    I've thought about using old bar tape from the road/cx bike. Reduce, reuse, recycle - right?!

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    tube with a couple zip ties
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    Tube...zip ties. Cheap, bomber, effective, garage chic'. Inner tubes...the gift that just keeps on giving.
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    I found this cool stuff at home depot - some form of plumbers tape I think - but not that white stuff that you tape over threads - it is sort of self sticking stretchy stuff. I used it on a Redline Mono-9 most recently and it was very easy to use - very tough - and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue on the chainstay either. It was also very inexpensive and I think it came in a few different colors.

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    I must have a really nice Lizard Skin on my 26"... I can't imagaine the thing ever getting cut by the chain. WAY stronger than an inner tube for sure...but I sort of like the appearance of a good wrap job.

    I do have some old handlebar tape too... that's a cool option.

    Any more Pick-shures? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I found this cool stuff at home depot - some form of plumbers tape I think - but not that white stuff that you tape over threads - it is sort of self sticking stretchy stuff. I used it on a Redline Mono-9 most recently and it was very easy to use - very tough - and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue on the chainstay either. It was also very inexpensive and I think it came in a few different colors.
    So show!

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    I do this...

    Used to use cloth bar tape with electrical tape over it, but cloth bar tape has been getting harder to find.
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    I have used the soft side of hook and loop (Velcro) tape with good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleanutz
    I've thought about using old bar tape from the road/cx bike. Reduce, reuse, recycle - right?!
    I've done this before with old cork tape. It works well (better than a lizard skin) but will get cut up and need to be replaced more often then an old tube or tire section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I must have a really nice Lizard Skin on my 26"... I can't imagaine the thing ever getting cut by the chain. WAY stronger than an inner tube for sure...but I sort of like the appearance of a good wrap job.

    I do have some old handlebar tape too... that's a cool option.

    Any more Pick-shures? Thanks
    You may be right. I'm from the neoprene with velcro era Lizard Skins, when I started using inner tubes. Never used any carbon fiber protectors like the one above but never had the need to go back.

    Show us what you are talking about. I'm always open to new ideas.

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    I've used cloth Hockey tape in the past and liked how it held up.

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    I have used the adhesive Lizard Skin sticker thingies on a bike, and I was impressed with it, but I didn't like the lack of coverage...

    like this:

    It's was like the one posted a few posts up, but not as thick.

    But the one I have on my Kona is the full wrap with velcro, but it's not neoprene. It's a super thick kevlar-like stuff...really tough fabric. It looks like this:
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    cheap, durable and it works nuff said...



    https://www.jensonusa.com/store/prod...Stay+Wrap.aspx

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    nude on my SS lizard skin on my geared

    this stuff works ok too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I found this cool stuff at home depot - some form of plumbers tape I think - but not that white stuff that you tape over threads - it is sort of self sticking stretchy stuff. I used it on a Redline Mono-9 most recently and it was very easy to use - very tough - and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue on the chainstay either. It was also very inexpensive and I think it came in a few different colors.
    I believe that is self-vulcanizing or self-fusing tape:https://www.mcmaster.com/#7682a65/=5vzlpi

    I uses an ol piece of garden hose I split and cut to fit around nicely, then wrapped with (orange) electric tape, 2 layers in opposite wrap directions, then zip-tied the ends of the tape to prevent unraveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000
    cheap, durable and it works nuff said...

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Stay+Wrap.aspx
    Now that I like the look of. Is it rubber and is it self adhesive? What keeps it in place?

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    I use this...

    I recently took it off after having it on for months of riding use. There is no damage underneath it, only a little dust.
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    electrical tape

    2 layers. Easy, cheap, light.

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    I use a high end road tire...a worn out one.. I'll cut the bead off and lay it on the chain stay, and use 3 zap straps to hold it down. Works very well and is clean looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie
    Now that I like the look of. Is it rubber and is it self adhesive? What keeps it in place?

    Ronnie.
    I've been using that on my bikes for 15 years. Simple, durable, cheap. The shape of the coil keeps it in place.

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    ^^ Two awesome ideas. I have an old road tire I could butcher.

    And is that stuff heat-shrink stuff (like wire insulation?) Looks really clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnutty
    I've been using that on my bikes for 15 years. Simple, durable, cheap. The shape of the coil keeps it in place.
    Okay, then it's not really going to work well on a square cross section stay like my Banshee above.

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    I still like the look of an old tube. You can make it look good, and pretend you're not really trying. Very hipster d-bag, but hey, it's free and does the job.

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    Friction tape. It literally stays on and lasts forever. It's light, black and subtle. Almost like electrical tape, but more clothy and compliant. Rub it good and tight into your frame and it molds right into place.

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    Grip tape used on hockey sticks and tennis rackets. Usually about 2 - 3 layers with tighter overlaps near BB if chainsuck is a concern.

    Tough, durable, forms to tube and very adhesive. Also cleans up nice after a bike cleaning. Water and elements not an issue, but saturation with oil overspray can cause some issues with the end not sticking. Just use super glue to attach.

    I have used this method for over 20yrs. For my liking, it has a cleaner look than most spongy or rubbery skins.

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    Sticky back velcro! works a treat, is really light, and easy to put on. Costs less than other options and stops more noise than most from chain slap. After trying it I will never use anything else.
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    I use grip tape. Cheap and you can do two bikes, easy. Just finish it off with black duct tape or some other durable tape - which you can find in a wide variety of colors, just like grip tape.
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    cut a lenght of old slick road tyre and zip tie on...
    unlike a full wrap dosnt touch the gear cable underneath...and unlikely to wear out...

    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
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    Clear bar wrap
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    I use

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Personally I've always been a lizard skin man, but I've seen some nice wrap jobs on here.

    What did you use?
    How does it work?
    How does it look?

    Thanks...
    bar tape leftovers then wrap um with wide electrical tape. It works fine and as long as you use to much of either tape it looks fine

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    Salsa Goma Tape


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    MASTIC Tape

    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I found this cool stuff at home depot - some form of plumbers tape I think - but not that white stuff that you tape over threads - it is sort of self sticking stretchy stuff. I used it on a Redline Mono-9 most recently and it was very easy to use - very tough - and it wouldn't leave a sticky residue on the chainstay either. It was also very inexpensive and I think it came in a few different colors.

    I agree with MMcG... Like him, I stumbled across this at Home Depot or Lowes. It is fantastic and called MASTIK tape. It's simply a thick rubber tape that sticks to itself and it has a nice stretch too. I haven't found anything better and it looks really nice and is cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Personally I've always been a lizard skin man, but I've seen some nice wrap jobs on here.

    What did you use?
    How does it work?
    How does it look?

    Thanks...
    I prefer to "chance it".

    So I go naked. No wrap. No protection. I like it raw....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopping_Rocks
    That's what I did too. Old inner tube, cut in half, wrapped in electrical tape.
    +1. Virtually free, works, and lasts forever.

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    no glove, no love... or is it no chainstay protector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    I prefer to "chance it".

    So I go naked. No wrap. No protection. I like it raw....

    Like it bare back huh?

    The rubber Home Depot tape sounds like electrical splice tape.

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    Cateye Cloth Tape.
    Found at your good ol' LBS.

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    I'll be using this on my new Lev... Aussie made so happy to help a local...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_N
    I'll be using this on my new Lev... Aussie made so happy to help a local...
    That is the same stuff I posted up top, the "self-sealing" tape. However your link is $15 for 1.5 meters, the Mcmaster is $14 for almost 10 meters.

    However, I understand you are in Australia, and Mcmaster may not be convenient to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    I prefer to "chance it".

    So I go naked. No wrap. No protection. I like it raw....
    +1

    Naked hard tail and an occasional little slap...oh yeah
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    I used an inner tube and contact cement. Clean huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9
    I believe that is self-vulcanizing or self-fusing tape:http://www.mcmaster.com/#7682a65/=5vzlpi
    Bingo. Best stuff for the job, and useful elsewhere as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie
    Okay, then it's not really going to work well on a square cross section stay like my Banshee above.

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    ...ah contraire,

    Works well on the box stays of my Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000
    cheap, durable and it works nuff said...
    Agreed, this stuff works well. I fix the ends a bit with electricians' tape.

    An interesting option if you have the ability to detach the stay from the drop out (a la FSR linkage) is heavy duty heat shrink tubing.

    Here's my Stay Wrap. Really is spiral cable wrap. You can find it at RadioShack, Staples, etc. Comes in different sizes and colors, too.
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    29er board cluttered much?

    Wonder why?

    Moderators?

    I mean chainstay wrap...really...in the 29er forum?

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    Ride in the big ring

    and bigger cogs. Problem solved.

    I hear telephone handset spiral cord works well, finished with electrical tape on the ends. I don't trust any adhesives in heat or wet conditions, so I would use a zip tie under the electrical tape.

    Second Lanpope.... not sure why this is 29er specific... not that I wanna rat him out to the mods over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    Cateye Cloth Tape.
    Found at your good ol' LBS.

    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentX
    Bingo. Best stuff for the job, and useful elsewhere as well.

    Bingo.

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    Spent road tube and two zip-ties. Lasts forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanpope
    29er board cluttered much?

    Wonder why?

    Moderators?

    I mean chainstay wrap...really...in the 29er forum?

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    + how many ever for old inner tube - start by the BB and work my way back, use 1 cable tie at the drop out.
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    I like the Cinelli carbon road bar tape.....available in various colors....durable......wipes clean pretty easy......inexpensive.

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    Functional, not aesthetic

    I wanted something that could protect the chainstay from the inevitable chainsuck as well as my heel-in cleat position.

    After trying various commercial offerings w/o any success it dawned on me a week or so ago that I already had a possible solution lying around - black poly pipe (used in irrigation, etc). So I found a piece with approx the correct diameter, cut a slot down the back to allow it to fit, shaped it a little to fit the bends and so far it is working well.

    It handled an unusually wet & muddy weekend first up with several chain-sucking episodes w/o a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej
    I like the Cinelli carbon road bar tape.....available in various colors....durable......wipes clean pretty easy......inexpensive.
    Errrrrr.......neither of the 2 chainstay protectors taht came with the frame were good enough for you???

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    I am trying to find an option to protect chain suck as well..what setup do you have? Is that a piece of metal?

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    need more bikes...

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    Another one for old tube


    Cheap, plentiful, and works.

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    Could someone explain me why you have to wrap the chainstay?

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    For my first post I'll answer that question... when you're in granny gear and hit a good bump, the top chain will slap down and mar the stay. Removing paint on steel or aluminum will lead to oxidation, potentially weaking the stay otherwise just ruining the finish.

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    ^^^ and it's noisy
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I was needing to wrap a chainstay with narrow tire clearance. I tried an old innertube but that rubbed. I had just finished a gorilla tubeless conversion, so I decided to try gorilla tape. That went on nice and tight. Plenty of clearance and it's holding up well in water and mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the munts


    Thick, pliable, and full of emergency nutrients if I start to bonk.

    MMM, bacon-wrapped chain stay...

    Unfortunately that will attract cougars around here; the four-legged kind....
    Annie are you ok? Are you ok, Annie?

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    old tube and electrical tape or a lizard skin. to who ever thinks lizard skin chain stay thing is not durable. Ive had mine on three different bikes and its still fine only got 1 little hole that it came with when i got it (thats why it was free).
    Quote Originally Posted by craftworks750
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    I use this. I work in high voltage power distribution at a huge tire factory so there is tons of it laying around.
    http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...glLV2T6W8ZLWbl

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    currently trying out gorilla tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBrown
    I prefer to "chance it".

    So I go naked. No wrap. No protection. I like it raw....
    I raw dawg it too but my new frame is steel so I will be wrapping it to keep it from getting chipped and possibly rusted.

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    Not artistic but functional...3m bathroom tape. Very tough, easy to install, invisible, weightless & cheap.



    Negatives...dirt gets in the edges, doesn't get rid of chain-slap noise.

    Im thinking of trying a different type of tape that is similar to bathroom tape but it has color & is thicker...might lessen the noise.

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    Thread revival. Inner tube and electrical tape on the ends

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