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why is there a chain stay protector on a Pista?(17 posts)

why is there a chain stay protector on a Pista?DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 9:02 AM
Doesn't make sense. No way to get chain slap on a fixed gear. Anyone?

I stripped the bike for repainting, included the vinyl chain stay protector. Going to sand, prime, and repaint with the Bianchi spray touch up paint (went really well on my EV2), then clear coat. Got decals from Bianchi. I'll post when done in a week or so.

Also, what's this "100% Designed by Chicks"?DougSloan
Jan 16, 2003 9:45 AM
There is a decal on the Pista saying "100% Designed by Chicks." Anyone know what that means? Women designed it, or something lost in Italian translation?

I think I know this one.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 16, 2003 10:55 AM
I believe the product manager for the Pista (and the DISS) is an American woman. Nothing lost in the translation, it was designed by a chick. My DISS has this sticker as well.

Also, what's this "100% Designed by Chicks"?Qubeley
Jan 16, 2003 2:54 PM
I found this on the last page of Bianchi catalog:

Chick Designed
We're often asked the meaning of this yellow sticker with a stylized version of poultry. It is our way of bragging that Bianchi USA's bike designer is a female-based life form. She designs bikes for all genders and almost all sizes of humans. One of her favorite prototype test rider is nicknamed "One-Eighth Ton Man." She is hopeless gear head and does her best thinking when riding. Her name is Sky Yaeger. You can recognized her by the Cat 5 tatto shown here. (A picture with a left leg, with a chainring tattoo. she's wearing a sidi MTB shoe)

Isn't cat4 the lowest for women?
Chain stay protectorAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 16, 2003 10:53 AM
At the track, people will regularly remove the rear wheel to change the cog. They might do this once or twice a night, after warmups, between races, etc. Perhaps the chain stay protector is there to keep the chain off the paint while it's hanging freely.

Just a thought,

Chain stay protectormicha
Jan 16, 2003 3:55 PM
Right, we used to change cogs 3 or four times a night on the track, depending on the season, the event, the wind, how we felt and our intuition devoid of any logic.

Also, I haul my bikes (as do many other people, I think) in the trunk of my car, with both wheels removed and placed on top of the frame.
Maybe it's...JBergland
Jan 17, 2003 5:55 AM
... a 'production line' thing?? Rather than change up an already existing/running production line, they run the Pistas right on through. I would guess production numbers of Pistas are low and instead of risking not getting a chain stay protector on a bike that needs one, they put them on everything?? Just a thought!!

Take Care!!
steel ones?DougSloan
Jan 17, 2003 7:34 AM
I think they might put them on all steel bikes. My other 2 Bianchi steel frames have them, but not the aluminum bikes. With dings in the paint on steel, well, you know what can happen.

I'm repainting the frame, and considering whether to re-install one. Might do a clear one.

Jan 17, 2003 8:33 AM
I bet there is enough difference between steel and aluminum frames to have different production runs/lines... all steel frames on the same line (regardless of road, track, hy-bred, etc.)??
re: why is there a chain stay protector on a Pista?JBergland
Jan 17, 2003 10:26 AM
How has that project gone so far?? When did you repaint your EV2... a while ago?? What did you use for stripping... sandpaper?? Chemicals?? Was one frame easier to strip than the other??

Take Care!!
Jan 17, 2003 10:59 AM
The EV2 project went really well. I simply sanded and repainted the yellow/blue stiped portions with Celeste and clear coat. It almost looks factory. I think it looks much better, and more discrete, than the factory painted EV2's.

The Pista has been sanded and primed, now waiting for paint. I have two cans of Celeste and clear coat, and some factory decals, ready to apply.

I'll post photos when all done, maybe after this weekend.

Maybe the chain stay protector is forStraightblock
Jan 17, 2003 12:48 PM
people who do this.
Jan 17, 2003 1:04 PM
Rip up your frame to avoid using a tool? I don't think so.
Don't try this at home, kidsStraightblock
Jan 17, 2003 4:41 PM
Obviously, as the linked post says, cosmetic damage may occur. When I got the track bike in the picture, I was at least its third owner and its finish had seen a lot of abuse. A few more nicks would never be noticed. I had it powdercoated a few years later, and now owning a pair of chain whips, find no need to use the tool-less trick.

Many of the fixed-gear posters here are riding beater bikes, don't own a lot of tools and are on a limited budget. This method might get them going. Proceed at your own risk.
Only if...JBergland
Jan 17, 2003 1:22 PM
... you're out in the middle of nowhere and that's your only option. Even then, the CORRECT tool is the always 'best tool' for the job!!
repainting all doneDougSloan
Jan 19, 2003 12:57 PM
Cross post on General forum
re: why is there a chain stay protector on a Pista?JBergland
Jan 21, 2003 1:13 PM
Never noticed before... my Waterford track bike has one too!!