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Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,
I am new and I'm sure a lot of you are going to tell me not to get one, but I need to find out where I can get the plastic (or metal) ring that attaches to the front sprocket so pants don't get stuck or tatooed by the chain. I've been searching the net and most of what I have found is not the right thing. A lot of them are something that replaces one of the sprockets. I just want a bolt on ring for the 5 hole pattern sprockets. I have arthritis in my hands and, to be honest, I don't like dealing with the straps that you put on your leg to keep the clothes out. This also doesn't keep the grease off the pants.

Like I said, I've looked online and couldn't find what I am looking for. I also tried my local shop with no luck. Please, if anyone knows where I can find a couple of these rings (one for my wife too), please let me know!

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
Eric
post #2 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

What brand/model crankset are you using? Shimano sell them for theirs. There are also cheap aftermarket ones (in Aus) for chinese copies.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

My bike is in the shop getting a tuneup but I thought it was Shimano. I am not a biker. I hardly ever ride because my knees are bad, but I like riding so I just deal with the pain if I really want to go riding. I have been searching the net for something that would work. Do you happen to know of a website that has them? I'm not exactly sure what they are called. I know it is NOT a bashguard. I have looked for chain guard, sprocket guard, chain ring, and all kinds of things with no real luck. I don't want to replace a sprocket with a bash guard because I need all the gears to get my fat butt up hills. I mainly ride streets so having high gears is nice when cruzing on flat ground or on declines.

I would ride more often if I had this piece because I wouldn't be stuck only riding with shorts. I don't like wearing the strap. I have arthritis in almost every joint and my leg swells up some and then I have to stop and readjust the strap multiple times, which is too annoying and hard on my hands!

Thank you for your help! Any links would greatly be appreciated!
Eric


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Originally Posted by gclark8
What brand/model crankset are you using? Shimano sell them for theirs. There are also cheap aftermarket ones (in Aus) for chinese copies.
post #4 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

Actually, I think the part you are/were looking for is a "chainring guard". Hope that helps. I was looking for the same part when the chainring caught my pants.
post #5 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

Have you checked eBay?
post #6 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

Quote:
Originally Posted by ecellis View Post
Hi everyone,
I am new and I'm sure a lot of you are going to tell me not to get one, but I need to find out where I can get the plastic (or metal) ring that attaches to the front sprocket so pants don't get stuck or tatooed by the chain. I've been searching the net and most of what I have found is not the right thing. A lot of them are something that replaces one of the sprockets. I just want a bolt on ring for the 5 hole pattern sprockets. I have arthritis in my hands and, to be honest, I don't like dealing with the straps that you put on your leg to keep the clothes out. This also doesn't keep the grease off the pants.

Like I said, I've looked online and couldn't find what I am looking for. I also tried my local shop with no luck. Please, if anyone knows where I can find a couple of these rings (one for my wife too), please let me know!

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
Eric
well I don't have info on the chain guard. However, I cut a legging from a pair of sweat pants that have the gathered bottom and I use the tie strap for the top. It protects the pant leg.
post #7 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

Hi there, I wanted to put my two cents in even though the question was asked quite some time ago.
I understand that you seem to be looking for the ring the goes next to the biggest gear. I can't really help you on that since my bikes haven't had any problems with their rings.
Of course I still had a problem with getting my pants stained and even getting caught up. I didn't like the ideas of clips or velcro either because that means you have to deal with that every time. I don't ride my bike for fun all that much. Mainly it's to save time so I don't want to have to mess around with folding my pants leg or whatever.

So I came up with a quick fix idea that certainly helps a good bit and is very easy and costs very little. All I did was run some dental floss from the front derailleur to the back of the frame.
For me to do this, I looped a long piece of floss through a hole in the frame (back by the gears and rear derailleur) and pulled half the length through. Then just pick an end of floss and loop it around the top of the front derailleur. Now just tie the ends together in a square knot. There should be two lines running parallel to each other and approximately parallel to the chain. To get the tension right, just keep tightening, and the dental floss should slip easily enough. Then tie a few square knots to keep that fixed. Next conveyor belt your knot close to the derailleur. You can wrap the two free ends of floss around the middle of the derailleur and pull the first knot down by tying a new knot. This makes a triangle kind of.
I think these two lines do a good job of pants deflection. I'm sure I could rig up more stuff if I was dissatisfied. Also, I don't think having constant tension on the derailleur matters at all because the derailleur is rigid in that direction.

Hope this helps someone. Please tell me if it does.- Arthur Hebert
post #8 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

Alternatively, you could use one of those velcro reflectors on your pants leg. This will keep your pants away from the chainrings and give you a measure of safety as well.
post #9 of 15

Re: Chain Guard/Pants Guard for mountain bike

I made one for my Hardrock from a piece of stainless steel sheet metal.
post #10 of 15

I have a Magna Great Divide 18 speed bike.  I need a chain guard but it doesn't look like just any chain guard will work.  I wear a skirt so I need to figure out something so I can ride my bike without getting grease on my skirt. 

post #11 of 15

Mostly i have use mountain bike pant for riding. I have use full leg pant with knee pads. Pants are very comfortable and pretty good work then shorts. But sometime sometime i have use shorts with chain guard in the riding. 

 

Mountain Bike Pants

post #12 of 15

Quote by RC:

"I wear a skirt so I need to figure out something so I can ride my bike without getting grease on my skirt."

 

Try a miniskirt.

post #13 of 15

Hi. Trouser straps are the most affective way to hold the pant legs. Mine doesn't require re-adjusting. Once you put the trouser straps on, the pant legs remain in position and the strap holds it together firmly. The pants will not slide out of it like other trouser straps.

 

I'm a designer and created the Erikami trouser straps. It is to prevent the trousers from catching on bike parts and reduces the risk of trousers getting oil from the chain. A package comes with two straps, one for each leg, to protect both pant legs. It simply straps around the pants just above the ankle. The trouser straps are durable, comfortable, and has a subtle appearance so it looks good even on dress pants such as slacks and khakis. I decided not to have reflectors on these because it would look too excessive and tacky...bikes already have plenty of reflectors, no need for more. The trouser straps have been tested in many harsh conditions and have proven effective. I have my product available on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/161280700334

 

With regard to bad joints, I had a bad right knee which used to have a grinding noise when I would bend the knee. For the past year, I've been taking glucosamine sulfate, which has rid of the noise in the knee. I have minimal knee issues due to taking this supplement everyday. Studies have shown that it's more effective than the other forms of glucosamine like glucosamine chondroitin. Be sure to always wear a knee warmer or knee brace to help the knees keep warm and compressed. Always keep the joints warm when doing physical activity. Put an ice pack on it after the physical activity.

 

I hope this helps.

post #14 of 15

Quote:

Originally Posted by ecellis View Post

I don't like wearing the strap... my leg swells up...

So don't offer him pants or straps.

 

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/bicycle-chainring-guard isn't that what you are looking for (scroll down a little)?

post #15 of 15

Anytime there's swelling, need to wear compression fabric/clothing to reduce the symptom. Compression/tights are recommended. Of course, consultation with your physician prior to any physical activity is strongly advised. Our trouser straps are constructed of elastic, compression material and can be adjusted for comfort. When I was a healthcare worker many years ago, compression leggings were often used for patients with signs of swelling. Air pump would inflate/deflate these medical compression leggings to improve blood flow while the patient was in bed.

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