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Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....(17 posts)

Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....Dave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 10:54 AM
I'm looking for a cheap home made chain stay protector. I'm thinking of self adhesive shelf paper. It's made of a vinyl material so it should be pretty durable. It can be cut into the proper shape. I'm pretty picky about appearance, so I'm not interested in duct tape.
Any other home brew ideas?
re: Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....Mike Prince
Sep 26, 2002 11:02 AM
Colored vinyl electrical tape, clear mylar packing tape.

Personally I don't use any. My frame came without one and after 7,000 miles there are no chips in the powdercoat.

Hope this helps.
re: Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....JS Haiku Shop
Sep 26, 2002 11:05 AM
my mtb drive side chain stay is protected with black adhesive handlebar tape, taped on either end with electrical tape to seal the deal, and bound with thin black zipties.

there is no chain stay protection on my road bikes.
i wrapped the chainstay on my mtb with a...._rt_
Sep 26, 2002 11:21 AM
latex road tube. i secured it with duct tape but you could use electrical tape.

probably not the look you're going for though.

re: Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....Von Zip
Sep 26, 2002 11:31 AM
Tennis racquet head guard tape. It is durable and looks professional when installed.
Tennis racket tapeTimA
Sep 26, 2002 11:31 AM
I use racquet guard tape. It pretty cheap at like $4 a roll that will last forever. It sticks great, and can be cut to length. It looks just like normal chainstay protectors and protects just as well if not better.
Tennis racket tape sounds like a winner. Thanks nmDave Hickey
Sep 26, 2002 11:47 AM
Stay Tuff Chainstay protectorLone Gunman
Sep 26, 2002 7:46 PM
Clear guard with 6 disc protectors about the size of a dime for cable rubs. BikepartsUSA for a few dollars.
Not home brew, exactly, but have you tried the frame saver tape?djg
Sep 26, 2002 11:50 AM
It's pretty cheap and, IMO, works well. 5.99 does a lot of bikes.,226
re: Chain stay protectors- home brew ideas....pmf1
Sep 26, 2002 12:06 PM
Get some of the frame saver tape they sell at Colorado Cyclist. Its clear, very adhesive and much thicker than packing tape. An $8 roll will last for years. I've used the stuff for years.

Its not exactly home brew, but it works well.
electric tape (nm)velocity
Sep 26, 2002 12:47 PM
Ditto - and not just black. (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 27, 2002 7:29 AM
3M Scotchcal is the best!Tommy B
Sep 26, 2002 2:13 PM
I was in the same situation as you a couple years ago. I wasn't happy with the pre-made chain stay protector stickers out there and I'm picky about the way my bikes look. For instance, if you have s-bend chain stays, a straight chain stay protector won't fit right and will look kinda sloppy.

After doing some research, I came across this product made by 3M called Scotchcal. It's made and marketed mainly for the automotive industry/aftermarket for use as a "clear bra" (as opposed to the black fabric/vinyl ones most of us know). There are many online companies that sell pre-cut kits for specific makes/models of cars but I found a company that also sells it by the foot (or yard?) off a roll that was maybe 18" wide. needless to say, I bought much more than I really needed for a skinny little thing like a chain stay, but it wasn't expensive if I remember correctly, and I have enough for several future bikes!

I don't remember off hand the specific place I bought it from, but if you search through google with "3M clear bra" you'll find a bunch of places.

The material is thicker than regular chain stay protectors but in a good way. It's obviously self adhering and easy to cut with an X-acto knife. I just traced the profile of the s-bend chainstay onto tracing paper and transferred it to the 3M stuff for a rough template. cut it out and trimmed the shape as needed. You don't need to do all the prep on the paint surface like the car websites describe. Just wash the area, dry it and make sure it's lint free (or you'll be seeing the lint for a while!) and stick it on. I received a free burnisher with my order and with some light rubbing it was completely clear. You barely see the edge but the material is completely clear. The stuff is awesome!

Here's a partial descriptions from a website:

"energy absorbent thermoplastic urethane film cleverly developed by the 3M Company called Scotchcal specifically for vehicular paint protection. This rugged transparent material will not crack, yellow, shrink or peel over time and is used by major automobile manufacturers including Ford, Porsche, Mitsubishi and Toyota."

Here's info from 3M

Good luck and enjoy!

Tommy B
I'll check it out. Thanks.. nmDave Hickey
Sep 27, 2002 3:29 AM
Microwaved cinelli finish tape (comes free with cork tape) -nmSnowBlind
Sep 26, 2002 2:14 PM
Hockey Tape...tremblay
Sep 26, 2002 11:06 PM
I put black hockey tape on my mountain bike chainstays. You know, being Canadian and all, I had more than enough hockey tape lying around the house. It has worked like a charm. Even looks OK by my standards. I would even consider it for my roadbike if I needed it. So far the little vinyl strip that came on the bike has held up fine. Road bikes don't often get that chainslap that MTBs suffer, that's for sure.
I second hockey tapeMel Erickson
Sep 27, 2002 5:58 AM
It's tough, sticks great. Does it come in colors?