Chain guard? have or have not?

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  1. bangbang880

    bangbang880 New Member

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    Thinking about taking my chain guard off? But a little worried about my pants getting caught which would I'm sure result in an ugly fall.
    Has anyone had a problem with getting their pants caught in the chain?
    (talking about the motor chain)
    .bf.
     
  2. MatCauthon137

    MatCauthon137 New Member

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    honestly, i have never installed a chain guard. now, i am still kinda a noob, so take my advice with a grain of salt. I am on my third build (first bike ran great, but was stolen) second bike, my wife's also runs great, and then mine which i am having problems with at the moment, so that is 2 bikes with no chain gurad, and we haven't had any problems...in fact on the first 2 i didn't even have a chain guard on the pedal side, i put one on mine just for looks..shft.
     
  3. 2door

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    I use them but I augment the front mount, which seem to be a point of cracking for some guys, with wide washers and rubber 'O' rings. I've never had a failure/cracks etc. I just like the looks too. As for your pants or shoe laces getting caught, I have more problems with the clutch actuator arm than the chain. I solved that by clipping my pants leg with a wide spring clip.
    Tom
     
  4. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i just throw them away. they usually fall off anyway, so i never bothered.

    i think about it now and then, but it hasn't happened to me.

    i think there's an old thread about it, and one guy did get his pantleg sucked in. i think he just did a big skid.
     
  5. Mac

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    Never used one either, one of my major problems(my fault) is I kinda spin the pedals while I'm cruising along, resulting in my jeans turning the choke lever on(up, stock carb).
     
  6. Kevlarr

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    I always gotta ask, one or two skidmarks? laff
     
  7. Salty Gator

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    On two of my bikes I've installed the guard.....for looks basically...just makes it more complete....I've never had an issue with my pants leg getting chomped since I live in Florida and don't wear long pants.....not even in our so called winters...LOL

    Salty.shft.
     

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  8. Kevlarr

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    A Florida "winter" is shorts and tee shirt weather here. laff
     
  9. Salty Gator

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    LOL !...there ya go Kev !....hahahahaha

    Grins,
    Salty.shft.
     
  10. Tim_B_172

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    The only time in my life that I have ever gotten my pant leg caught in a chain, it was on the pedal side and this bike HAD A CHAIN GUARD. I have no idea how it happened, I don't wear those ridiculous giant baggy pants either, just normal jeans. No crash either, I just stopped and removed my pants... from the chain! ... jeez, what were you thinking? ;)
     
  11. corgi1

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    THE PANTS :confused:
     
  12. oldsub

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    Never got my pants caught yet, but I did install the chain guard. But this happen a few week ago, riding and wearing my nice new sweat pants a xmas present and they got burnt from the muffler. Made the person who gave them to me a bit unhappy
     
  13. mbuna420

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    have not did not fit
     
  14. windsors03cobra

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    The 3rd time I rode my motorizedbicycle my pantleg got sucked in, the wheel locked up and that was that. After I was stopped I rolled it backwards and my pants came out and I was ready to go again. The pants were kind of lightweight trackie type pants.
    I put my chaingaurd on after that, I agree it makes it look more complete/inconspicuous and mine went right on real easy like.

    I position my feet to a snice for and aft position on the pedals but I do get bits of black tar on my shoes. The black tar comes from the muffler and its leaky/blownout flange gasket.
     
  15. Hoofbeats64

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    I came here because I am at this point on my first build. I trimmed it with a tin snips and filed any roughness, however, the clutch arm/spring rub on it. It also looks like something that is going to rattle in operation. May try without it first.
     
  16. KCvale

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    I like to use the chain guard, it just makes the bike look more finished. I have some tips for installing it but no time right now..
     
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    I should attach a photo, it seems like it is going to come in contact with clutch arm and the spring chain tensioner that I have attached directly to the motor. After seeing that it could hinder the function of the tensioner I left it off until I actually get this thing rolling and working.
     
  18. crassius

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    not needed except for looks in some cases - usually needs to be shortened at back and hole opened a bit more forward at front - I often glue a strip of old mouse pad inside at top to keep noise down
     
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    I am on my first build and only a few steps left until test zone. How far should the clutch arm go to be engaged?
     
  20. crassius

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    at rest, the arm should be pointing nearly straight back - adjust accordingly using all the steps listed on the forum here
     

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