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Bicycle Chainstay Protector

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Asked by: Jason Harkless

Are chainstay protectors necessary?

Chains hit the chainstay all the time. Every hole, bump, jump or bounce on your bike will result in a chain slap on the chainstay. Whether it’s the annoying rattle the chain makes when it hits the stay, or the paint that’s chipping away on your frame, it’s always good to have a chainstay protector.

What is a chain stay protector?

The simplest chainstay protector is a piece of clear tape, like sticky backed plastic. It’s thin and it will stop chipping for a while. The next option is a sort of neoprene sock, that has a seam down the middle with a Velcro closure.

Why do people wrap their chainstay?

Hey there, chainstays are often sleeved or wrapped to keep them from getting overly scratched/torn up due to chain slap.

How do I protect my bike chainstay?

Quote from video: So once you have your piece of tape off the backing you can apply it to the chainstay. Make sure you stretch and kind of conform. And apply this tape around the chain say that way it bonds better.

What is heli tape?

The so-called “Heli Tape” from 3M is an extremely durable and well adhesive protective tape, which is used in aviation to protect the rotor blades of helicopters. Ideal for use to protect charge air pipes, air intakes and valve covers from chafing lines.

How do you wrap a chainstay with a tube?

Quote from video: Now go to our used tube and we're just going to cut a section of tube out of this. About two feet long. Save the other half because we're gonna got some other ideas with that. You'll start with your

What is bike chain slap?

Chain slap has a few cheap and easy solutions. When it comes to noise, one you cannot miss is chain slap, down every rough downhill section or off every drop your chain makes a right racket slapping up and down against your swingarm.

Why is a shorter chainstay better?

Shorter chainstays effectively reduce the wheelbase of the bicycle. The result is a nimbler, more maneuverable machine offering faster cornering – a good quality when the trails are extra “twisty”. The improvement comes at a price – reduced stability and potential lifting of the front wheel during climbing.

How can I make my bike quieter?

Quote from video: Silent. The first things first you want to identify where that noise is coming around so buying the bike around a bit really shake out find out if it's the cables.

What do you wrap chainstay with?

Frameskin Wrap is the answer for chainstay protection and cutting down on chain chatter. It looks pro, and works pro. Frameskin Wrap is a self-fusing rubber tape that bonds to itself forming a solid rubber protection for your driveside stays. Frameskin Wrap is super nifty gear.

What is a good length for a chainstay?

Normal chainstays are: Road bikes: 40.5 to 41.5cm… less than 16 ½ inches. Touring bikes: 42 to 43.5cm…

How does chainstay length affect ride?

Quicker handling: The shorter the bike’s wheelbase, the more agile it will feel. On the trail, a shorter rear-end will help get the rider around tight singletrack turns more easily, and the bike is more responsive to “body English,” which adds to that feeling of agility.

Is helicopter tape good for bikes?

Designed for use in areospace this helitape is able to withstand the harshest environmental conditions, this UV-resistant heli tape will not peel off, discolour or yellow with age, helping your bike look like new over time. Commonly used to protect the paint of high end motor vehicles and bikes.

Where do you put the helicopter tape on a bike?

Quote from video: Where you want it on the frame.

How do I protect my new bike?

There are quiet a few ways to protect your bike frame from marks and scratches. These include; gorilla tape, helicopter tape, rubber mastic tape, gun grip tape, and various bike frame protector kits. The tapes simply work by apply the tape over the frame where you want it to be protected most.

What is a chain catcher?

If you’re not familiar with the concept, a chain catcher is a length of aluminium that attaches to your front mech bolt, extending downwards to stop your chain from overshifting inwards. Its job is to get in the way. That’s all.

How does a chain guide work?

When you are flying through rough sections of trail, the chain will jump up and down and can sometimes work its way off the chainring. The chain guide’s job is to keep the chain inline with the teeth on the chainring so that as you continue pedaling, the chain will continue to fall in to place.

Can you use a front derailleur as a chain guide?

Enthusiast. Sure, you can run a derailleur as a guide. No worries. FWIW, I built up a 1×9 this summer, and my first thought was to just run a derailleur as a guide, because I happened to have an extra derailleur laying around.

What does a bicycle chain guard do?

A gear case, also known as a chain case or chainguard, is an enclosure for the bicycle chain and sprocket assemblages commonly employed by utility bicycles. It serves to protect the cyclist from being soiled or trapped in the chain rings and tends to fully enclose the drive train.