Planning for Winter, Prepping the Mule, its New Chain Guard, and How I got it
universal chain guard. I came across one that looked good by a company out of Germany called SKS. I originally found it at this page on Amazon and at closer inspection I saw that it was sold through Niagara Cycle Works, which after Googling it I found it was only about 30 miles from my house, and they, in fact, had the same item listed on their website. So on a cold, rainy, and slushy day last spring I drove my vehicle to their shop. When I asked for the item the sales person told me they didn't have it. Will you be getting it in? I inquired. No, he replied, we don't actually carry it. But it's listed that you do on your website. To get to the point, he told me that many of the items listed they don't actually carry at their store, they are at their "virtual warehouse." Huh? He told me I would be better off just ordering it through them on Amazon because if I didn't like it I could return it through Amazon but If I ordered it through the store directly it would be un-returnable. I say again, huh? At any rate, I put off ordering it through the summer but as the cold months are encrouching I decided to prep the Mule for the winter and I finally got around to ordering it. It arrived today and it looks pretty good (pictured below). I haven't installed it yet because I lack the neccessary crank tool to do so (I'll visit the bike shop tomorrow). The guard comes in a few sizes and I ordered the larger size (I figure it would be easier to modify a larger one if it didn't fit perfectly than try to stretch a smaller size)...anyhow it looks like it'll fit pretty well. I'll post pictures after it's installed. I'd be interested to know how other bikers out there in the blogesphere deal with a guardless chain, or if they've used this item. And also...do you ride through the winter :)
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I don´t have a chainguard on any of my bikes. Why? I guess because of the look, haven´t found one that I like. So I end up with tucking my pants into my socks, or I fold them. Have a pair of snug-fitting overpants I use during winter so it´s not really an issue. I ride year-round; http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_abJfqlRRZB4/S69rbmIT1wI/AAAAAAAAE0c/RKHYEu128sU/s320/20100328018.jpg
Mankin, yes I know what you mean about the look, but over the years I've started to think more about practicality than how it looks. I mounted the chain guard today and there will be photos forthcoming. Nice blog, BTW...too bad I don't understand Swedish. Thanks for your comments.
Being as I am further north than you (Plattsburgh, NY) ;) I do bicycle in the cold snow, although if I have the chance to take a bus or ride into town I take it, but I still ride in town from uni- to work at the coop to the bike shop and back.
The breezer has full fenders and the chain case and as such an internal 8 speed hub. Works great :)
This is all I do to keep my pants clean.
Works most of the time.
It is a ribbon made of steel like a spring, that wraps around the leg.
I don't like chainguards. The last one I tried many years ago didn't really work together with a front derailer.
But I am thinking of a chainguard, just to protect the chain from water and dirt. But the SKS you show won't do this.
After I rode through last winter, I sold my car this summer.
I have a pair of studded Nokian tires for my trekking bike and a pair of Continental Spike Claw 120 for the Mundo.
I need studded tires because I have to ride daily with my two daughters. And the extra weight of about 55 kg makes it a bit hard to stop on snow.
And I wouldn't even try to ride the Mundo on Fat Frank tires in the snow!
I actually have one of the metal straps that you showed in your link. I use it when I ride the Mundo. I wanted the chain guard for my winter bike. I've found that the Mundo, despite it's size and weight is not that good in the snow and ice. I've never tried the studded snow tires, though I've thought of it...Do you recommend them? Are they worth the money?
Look forward to seeing the pictures of the mounted chain guard.