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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.


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.
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 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.

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