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    taping your chainstays

    i'm new to the singlespeed game. i'm wondering how many of you run electrical tape around your chainstays like on your geared bikes. it seems to me that on a SS, chainslap is not an issue as it is on a geared bike.

    i do, however, like the idea of taping 'round the stays to keep the paint down there from getting dinged up.

    your thoughts?

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    your chain shouldn't ever be touching your chainstay with a singlespeed, even with a tensioner it should be taut enough that it doesn't touch the frame, if not source yourself some 1/2 links to shorten that chain up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    your chain shouldn't ever be touching your chainstay with a singlespeed, even with a tensioner it should be taut enough that it doesn't touch the frame, if not source yourself some 1/2 links to shorten that chain up.
    ok, good. no chain touching issues here. just wondering if anybody does it to protect their stays, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    ok, good. no chain touching issues here. just wondering if anybody does it to protect their stays, then.
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    I only use electrical tape on any of my bikes to hold the cables when wrapping drop bars. I would never use it as a chain stay protector! The two SS bikes I have had came with protectors that only keep lube off the paint when I pull the wheel. That is the only time the chain touches the stay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    ok, good. no chain touching issues here. just wondering if anybody does it to protect their stays, then.
    I'm confused... What are you trying to protect the CS FROM?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    My heels have rubbed the paint off both chainstays and seatstays. If I ever get a nicely painted frame, I'll use a clear adhesive protector. Can't imagine the electrical tape would last long.

    edit...I think this is what the OP is concerned about. Not freakin' chainslap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    I'm confused... What are you trying to protect the CS FROM?
    general everyday beatings from rocks and pebbles, leanings, knocking-the-bike-over ect. actually, i zip tied and old tire to my superlight, which is a bit of overkill but i've seen it done before...i'm not gonna do that with my KHS...

    everybody calm down and take a deep breath, i'm just asking a question...we're all friends here, right?
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    friends here? yeah, but



    like I am strong enough on the SS to back that up.....
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    Then wrap the WHOLE frame w/ pipe insulation foam

    ...and I say that as a friend
    kinda like as if we were all sittin' around and drinkin' beers
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    Then wrap the WHOLE frame w/ pipe insulation foam

    ...and I say that as a friend
    kinda like as if we were all sittin' around and drinkin' beers
    LOL...but i'm more of a jamisons on ice guy...

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    its a ss! i don't have mine wrapped haha if your chain slaps the frame there is something seriously wrong!!!

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    On my old SS I don't have anything, but I wrapped a piece of an old tube on my CF frame just in case.

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    I have one of the older Misfit Dissents with the chain stays that run above the dropouts. If the chain gets a little loose it bangs the stay so I run a lizard skin. I prefer not to put the thing on, but I do anyway.
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    I don
    ít have a dedicated CS protector, but I do have almost all of my frame wrapped in transparent vinyl from Frameskin

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    Chainstay protector on a SS is belt + suspenders...

    ...with no pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Chainstay protector on a SS is belt + suspenders...

    ...with no pants.

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    If tweren't Monday, I'd neg rep ya fer that silliness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb View Post
    general everyday beatings from rocks and pebbles, leanings, knocking-the-bike-over ect.
    Other parts of your frame are going to be in greater danger of this than your CS. Being a SS too, don't bother. Either that, or clear tape the whole frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    My heels have rubbed the paint off both chainstays and seatstays. If I ever get a nicely painted frame, I'll use a clear adhesive protector. Can't imagine the electrical tape would last long.

    edit...I think this is what the OP is concerned about. Not freakin' chainslap.
    Me, too. I tried helicopter tape for protection. Wore through that, too. Heck, I have worn the chrome plating off of Profile Racing crank arms.
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    i have always used adheisive backed velcro (the "loop" side). It lasts forever and keeps things nice and quiet. The Ibis tranny needs chainstay protection running as a SS because of the unique design on the chainstay. It's extra beefy and runs a bit low, so it will get chain contact if the chain gets a little loose. It also doesn't look as crappy as tires, tape, or tubes wrapped around the stay.

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    i just have the clear adhesive on mine looks almost invisible and works great

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    On my dj bike I used a piece of old tube and one ziptie. I run a micro-gear, I am not even sure what the gearing is, and the under side of my CS gets slapped by my chain. It's because of the tiny ass cog on the back I think. It's just weird that its the up-slap and not the down-slap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Chainstay protector on a SS is belt + suspenders...

    ...with no pants.
    I guess it sort of is - isn't it.

    Thing is I used to run my SS bike 1x9 sometimes... But that's over for now, since I put the 1x9 setup on the new FS ride.

    Now I have to go pull the tape off that chainstay before I ride it again.

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    I used old-school cotton handlebar tape on all my MTB's chainstays, but my I doubt that the chain on my single-speeds and fixed gear bike ever touchs the chainstay when the wheels are on the bike. On the other hand, I've never had to replace it on any of the bikes due to damage or wear. Much less tacky than a piece of an old tire or inner tube or pipe insulation.

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    No need for chainstay protection on an SS, which leaves room for stickers with texts like 'Yo momma wears Levi's 747' etc.
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