Sugru - Bike Chainstay Protector - DIY

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Cruising through all of the bike forums and other Instructables I have found some good ideas on how to make a DIY chainstay protector but most of them involve using an old tire tube, tape, or some wire which in my opinion really does not look that great.

I decided to tear off the messy looking tape and use a few packets of Sugru. It is tough enough to handle the abuse, water proof, easy on my chain, easily color matched when mixed or right out of the pack. I will use a thick layer of the blue then a layer of black over that. The Sugru has also reduced much of the noise when the chain hits it compared to anything else I have used.

So, out comes the Sugru for my Brodie Evolution mountain bike. - A Vancouver built bike that I am proud to own. I have wanted one of these since I was a kid but only recently have been able to get one of these beauties. - An older model, but I still love it!

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Step 1: Remove Old Tape and Clean

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Remove any old tape or protective material and clean thoroughly using a bit of soap, hot water, and a scrubby, rinse with clean water,  then dry. I let my bike air dry for a few hours after I dried it with a cloth to be sure there was no moisture left where I was going to apply the Sugru

Step 2: Prepare Your Sugru

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I used two packets of Sugru for this project. Remove the Sugru from the packets then roll them together and stretch the Sugru to the desired length.
projectsugru11 months ago
clever solution to common problem - just what we like :)

and a really nice finish you've got on this - loving that fact you used the instructables sticker hehe
MobileMakerspace (author)  projectsugru11 months ago
Well, I had a pile of them from a build night so I'm not to concerned about defacing a coveted instructables sticker. :) The toolbox project wears one proudly.
canida11 months ago
That looks awesome. Nice easy solution!
MobileMakerspace (author)  canida11 months ago
Thank you so much! I was going to replace it with some tape but tape really never protects it. You take the tape off and the chain stay is all full of chips. If I wrap something around it, I risk having dirt, mud, small rocks, and water getting in there and destroying the metal. I needed something that would have an air tight seal.

I had two packets of Sugru left over from the build night so I used those and it turned out great. I ordered some more and will use some black Sugru to make it a bit thicker on the top and also to give it a multi color. If the Sugru chips, all I need to do is patch it with more.
bob303011 months ago
I love Sugru. Great product.
MobileMakerspace (author)  bob303011 months ago
Sugru rocks!

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