How To Make A Chainstay Protector | Mountain Bike Maintenance

How To Make A Chainstay Protector | Mountain Bike Maintenance


– Welcome to the GMBN set,
and in this maintenance video I’m going to be talking
about how you can make your very own chainstay
protector, and the best part is that it’s almost free. You want a chainstay
protector for two reasons. Number one, to protect
this area right here, and you also want it to
dampen some of that noise. Just to get rid of it, because we all know that a quiet bike is actually a fast bike. But the first thing that I’ve got to do is get myself some resources. Ah, thanks Ty Richardson. (lively music) Okay, so I’m going to
use this road inner tube, thank you very much GCM for that. I use a road inner tube because it’s just a little bit neater, it’s smaller, so it wraps around the
chainstay that little bit nicer. Of course, if you don’t
have a road inner tube you can get these quite cheap
down at your local store, but you can use an old
mountain bike inner tube. It just looks a little bit messier ’cause it’s not quite so compact. The first thing we’re gonna do is get this thing out and cut up, and I’m gonna show you how to do that. Okay so now that it’s
unravelled the first thing that I’m gonna do is
I’m just gonna cut away this valve on both sides. Right, so once you’ve cut that valve out don’t put that to the side just yet, and do not throw away because
what you’ve actually got right here is a perfect little hack if you want to replace your tubeless valve. This bit right here, you can
take that out and replace it, sometimes in tubeless they
just get gunked up with the sealant in there, so dead easy to do, and it’s a great way to save yourself from actually having to do the
whole tubeless system again. Alternatively, you could
cut out this extra bit of rubber right here, and
make a second back-up valve. So keep that just to the side. And let’s go on to putting
this onto the frame now. Okay, so now we’re pretty much set up. What I want you to do is
actually just go onto that chain, press it down, and work out
where that point is that’s actually gonna make contact
with the frame, ’cause that is where we’re gonna start
wrapping the tube onto. We’re gonna get our scissors back out. We’re just gonna cut a
little cross section out of the tube itself, just to make
it that little bit neater. Remember, it’s all about being pro. Right, so I’ve got it all cut
up, measured, ready to go. I’m gonna take the wheel
out just to make it that bit easier to actually
wrap it along this chainstay. Right, so now is actually just
gonna put this onto the bike. We’re gonna hold that there. And then we’re just gonna go over, under, keep that looping around. Just be careful of that little tuck. Get that in behind, right. And then just pull that through. And you almost just want
to build up little layers, so it’s kind of just going
over the top of itself. You can see that right there, and that is what’s gonna hold it down. Make sure that you’re keeping a good bit of tension right here. We’re gonna go the whole
way along the frame. Right, there we go, it’s looking pretty damn
tidy, I’ve gotta say. So again, we’re just gonna cut into that at a 45 degree angle, trim off the excess. Okay so we’ve cut that bit off,
we’ve trimmed the edge off, and now I’ve just got this
little tail right here that I’m gonna wrap around. I’m gonna put some electrical tape on there just to neaten it right up, and a zip tie to make sure
it’s all securely fastened. ‘Cause in theory this should
actually be water tight too, so you don’t need water in there. And with the zip tie, just
finishes it off perfectly. So there we go, a great GMBN hack, and it’s pretty cheap and dead easy to do. You now know how to make
yourself a chainstay protector. If you guys have got any
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