Chainguards/Covers

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Chainguards/Covers

Postby HyperHorse » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:39 am

Hey all...
What can i get and where to stop sand/dust/assorted crap getting all over my chain and cassette?
Any chain guards/enclosed covers... ANYTHING... please!!!!
help me minimise my maintenance.
cheers to all
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by BNA » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:41 am

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Re: Chainguards/Covers

Postby europa » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:41 am

HyperHorse wrote:help me minimise my maintenance.


Mate, this is modern cycling. It has been carefully manufactured to demand high levels of maintenance both to increase the change around rate of bits and to increase the sales of service items.

But do you want to know a secret? While there is no doubt about the value of keeping everything clean and well lubed, while I'd under no circumstances suggest outright abuse of your bike, you'd be amazed at how much you can get away with just regular oiling of the chain. Give her a squirt of oil when she starts getting noisy (I like to run silent) and let your conscience guide you for the full clean. Maintenance doesn't have to be a drag, so don't make it one.

Richard

I agree with the concept of fully enclosed chains running in grease though
I had a good bike ... so I fixed it
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Postby HyperHorse » Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:46 pm

Come on...
Someone must know a solution...
I have seen chain covers (AT) bike shops...
My bike isnt stored totally indoors...
Locked under the share house I live in..
Dirt floor underneath...
I just bought some spray on degreaser from Super Cheap, wipe wipe, still my cassette has some sand/gritty crap on...
Hopefully with a good hose down it'll all go away like the scum that it is....
Since i have no idea how to take the chain off/remove rear derailer and cassette...
*sigh*
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Postby Bnej » Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:24 pm

If you have a regular GT Outpost with deraileur gears then you can't really fit a cover. Covers & chaincases work with single speeds and hub gears, but the chain moves around with deraileurs so they don't work.

You can use wax based lube such as Finish Line which is clean and doesn't pick up dirt, but this isn't so good if it's being left out in the rain. Well nothing's good if it's left out in the rain.

You can get a gizmo to clean the chain on the bike, then use a brush to clean the grit from the cassette, put on some wax lube, let it set for a while, should stay cleaner.
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