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what ever happened to chain hangers?(16 posts)

what ever happened to chain hangers?JS Haiku Shop
Mar 5, 2003 6:44 AM
the little nub on the inside of the drive-side seatstay meant to hold the chain while the rear wheel is out of the frame. my friend has an older paramount equipped with a chain hanger.

best i can figure, the pump peg was dropped from "modern" bikes due to either fashion or the move to smaller pumps/away from frame pumps, or both. this doesn't really seem applicable to chain hangers, since you can't really see 'em unless you're down there workin' on the business end.

TIA!

-J
They're still aroundMel Erickson
Mar 5, 2003 6:55 AM
Any custom builder will put one on, some do as a matter of course. The newer carbon stays pose a problem. I think for major factories it's simply a cost and complexity issue.
I wonder about that toomadstork
Mar 5, 2003 7:02 AM
Have one on my fixed bike - steel lugged frame from late '80s. I always thought it was useful when I ran derailleurs on the bike, even more so now when I flip/flop the rear fixed/ss wheel.

When I ordered a custom steel a couple of years ago, I forgot to spec a chain hanger. D'oh! It's not killing me, but when I change a rear flat or pull the wheel to wash the bike, I always remember that. I just pop in an old rear hub now, which helps when I clean the chain on the bike.
pedro's chain keeper works pretty well, too. ~$10. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 5, 2003 7:13 AM
My 2002 Look KG381 has it (nm).Horace Greeley
Mar 5, 2003 7:14 AM
That is what that thing is...filtersweep
Mar 5, 2003 8:43 AM
...and I thought it was for some harebrained cable routing option.
Another argument for the clear superiority ofOldEdScott
Mar 5, 2003 7:30 AM
old steel bikes!
Here's one for about three grand...Spunout
Mar 5, 2003 8:00 AM
if you were to order a frame to braze it on to. From these guys anyways. But there is a clip-on version, and they claim that you'll never touch the chain again. BTW, goes on chainstay, not seatstay.

http://www.columbinecycle.com
What is that?53T
Mar 6, 2003 6:07 AM
Is that a chainstay protector? It's not a chain hanger.
Are you NUTS? You know how much those things WEIGH?Silverback
Mar 5, 2003 8:29 AM
Actually I think it's an economy move...it saves a few cents if they don't put them on. I suspect that's the real reason behind the loss of pump pegs, too. I have both on my Atlantis, and they're handy.
pump pegs are what I misstarwheel
Mar 5, 2003 8:47 AM
Even though I use CO2 cartridges now rather than a frame pump, I really like having a pump peg on a frame. For long trips, I like the security of carrying a pump. I don't know why bike manufacturers stopped including details like this; it can't be a big cost item. That's one reason why I am gonna order a custom frame at some point or another, so I can have the builder include all these little extras that have gone by the wayside.
Pump peg and chainstay hanger -- free on SteelmansDale Brigham
Mar 5, 2003 9:08 AM
These are no-cost options on Steelman frames. I got both on my Eurocross 525. The full list of Steelman no-cost options:

- threaded or threadless fork
- braze-on or clamp (Ø28.6mm) front derailleur
- head tube or down tube shift cable mounts on road frames
- top tube or down tube cable routing on mtb and cross frames
- chain hanger
- pump peg
- cantilever brake mounts on road frame

So, you don't necessarily have to go full-custom to get what you want. I'm sure other builders (besides Brent Steelman) have the same deal.

Dale
isn't it included on Reynolds seatstays? nmcyclopathic
Mar 5, 2003 9:52 AM
not on my 2001 Lemond Zurich. nmSpunout
Mar 5, 2003 9:53 AM
re: what ever happened to chain hangers?LLSmith
Mar 5, 2003 10:08 AM
Chain hanger and pump peg came on my 2003 Waterford. It took me a few looks to figure out what the chain hanger was.I knew it wasn't a flaw, but really was not sure why it was on the bike.
My new Cinelli has one...nmDave Hickey
Mar 5, 2003 11:19 AM