Re: [rootsradicals] Re: First experience with TerraCycle Big Dummy idler
- I got that chain guard from Velo-Orange, and it was not cheap. I use the rule that when I spend money on my car, I get to spend money on my bike. Keeps the car running, and the bike nice.
I rather wish the idler wasn't necessary, but to clear the kickback, it is, and the kickback is a rather large win, too. Makes life a little better with a really worn chain, too.
One possibility, I suppose, is to run the drive train straight, and position the return chain directly underneath. This would cut back a little on the chances for guard rub and greasy pants, but it would then be somewhat more likely that I would lose the chain from the front ring (this has happened). OR, buy a second idler mount, and run them one above the other. ($pend, $pend, $pend).
On 2011-03-10, at 8:49 AM, Cara Lin Bridgman wrote:
> I'd appreciate some way to do a chain guard, so David Chase's photos are
> inspirational. Maybe I'll try cutting up a few more soda bottles...
- On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 5:49 AM, Cara Lin Bridgman <shokulan@...> wrote:
I've always admired the
photos of bikes with beautifully shiny chains and wondered--how do they
use these bikes AND keep the chains and gears shiny like that?I'm pretty sure they never ride in rain. I have to lube up my chain about every other day this time of the year, and you can forget about cleaning. It's a lost cause. :)
- I use Planet Bike fenders--29ers, not ones for 26" wheels--per Vik's or Pheadrus's recommendation. They have a mud flap and I have them mounted close to my 2.5" Hookworms. I ride in mud, silt, rain, dust, even light snow and salt and I remain almost dry completely spray-free. Something isn't right if you have fenders and experience wearing so much road during your ride.David
When I bike home, I have to wash the grit from
my face and from my nostrils. I always wear a bandanna so I don't have
to wash the grit from my hair.
- I've got the Planet Bike fenders (or whatever it was Xtracycle was
selling about 5 years ago)--but for 26" wheels, so I added the soda
bottle mud flap. Maybe something softer and more flappy will do better,
maybe something cut from a car inner tube...
What's not right is Taichung air quality! A lot of that grit is wind
blown. Taichung is Taiwan's Windy City. A lot of that grit is kicked
up by passing cars, trucks, and motorbikes. Taichung is in a fairly
constant state of construction and renovation. Most of Taichung's
energy comes from coal burning and garbage burning plants. Taichung
also gets grit from dust storms beginning in China's deserts.
It's mainly the grit from the knees down that gets kicked up by my own
bike's front wheel. The rest of the grit is just just out there. I get
the same grit in the same places when riding my husband's 150 cc Yamaha
who wears her rain gear tight around her face because passing cars can
kick up ear-cleaning tsunamis.
David Dannenberg wrote:
> I use Planet Bike fenders--29ers, not ones for 26" wheels--per Vik's or
> Pheadrus's recommendation. They have a mud flap and I have them mounted
> close to my 2.5" Hookworms. I ride in mud, silt, rain, dust, even light
> snow and salt and I remain almost dry completely spray-free. Something
> isn't right if you have fenders and experience wearing so much road
> during your ride.
>> When I bike home, I have to wash the grit from
>> my face and from my nostrils. I always wear a bandanna so I don't have
>> to wash the grit from my hair.