Chain Guides & Bash Guards
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Keeping your chain in place is pretty vital for riding a bike. For years riders had to put up with dropped chains thanks to poor designs of chain guide or even no chain guide at all. Thankfully, these days there are a huge number of products to not only help keep your chain in place but also to help protect your chainring and chain from impacts.
While chain guides are usually associated with mountain bikes, road bikes can benefit too, with lightweight chain catchers helping prevent the chain from dropping off your chainrings and damaging your expensive carbon frame.
When it comes to proper chain guides and Bashguards though, the mountain bike world is where these come into their own, particularly when riding down incredibly rough and rocky terrain. A misplaced rock and dodgy line choice can lead to a bent chainring or worse, so protecting you chainring with a bash guard is a smart move if you frequently ride rocky trails.