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Can anyone recommend an aftermarket, front-derailleur-compatible chainguard (along the lines of the SKS chainboard) that's not made of plastic? Maybe something like the one on the Marin Bridgeway triple?

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Welcome to Bicycles SE. Unfortunately, this isn't necessarily the best site for specific product recommendations. That's because every different recommendation is equally valid and subject to individual preferences. – jimirings Apr 26 '13 at 19:36
Hmm, I can see how that's an issue for "What's the best [some common component]"-type questions, but what I'm looking for here isn't a preference, but rather any concrete example(s) of a product that meets specific, non-subjective criteria, i.e. (1) is a chainguard (2) works with a front derailleur (3) is made of metal. That said, thanks for the welcome! – David Moles Apr 26 '13 at 21:32

I doubt it exist over the shelf. It's already hard to find one that's made of plastic. If you really are set on going metal I'd suggest keeping a single chain ring and focus your gearing in the rear (hub, cassette, or hub+cassette combo). Building a custom chain guard will be costly, a pain, and not guaranteed to be a success. If you really want to have some gearing in front you could look at the SchlumpfDrive but at these prices you could also just get a Rohloff. Both should work fine with the standard metal chain guards.

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Ha. Pretty awesome, but at those prices I'd probably be as well off either (1) taking a metal shop class or (2) buying a second bike. – David Moles Apr 29 '13 at 23:34

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