So this morning I'm riding to work on my shiny new tourer, when my trouser leg gets caught in the Gates belt drive. Not good!

I'd rather not go the leg-strap route if I can avoid it, which leads me to ask whether a chain guard or chainring guard exists that would fit over a belt, given that the belt is wider than a chain. The crank is a Shimano Tiagra, if that matters.

  • What do you have against the leg strap, if I might ask? May 3, 2013 at 0:54
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    Mostly the I-will-inevitably-misplace-it factor. :) Something attached to the bike is a lot more likely to be there when I need it than something I have to attach to me.
    – D.Salo
    May 3, 2013 at 1:17
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    Tuck your trousers into your socks?
    – alex
    May 3, 2013 at 1:32
  • Get a velcro strap. When you take it off, velcro it around the handlebar (or to a pannier strap, etc). I lose all sorts of stuff, but have 20-year-old leg straps. May 3, 2013 at 1:53
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    My Spot Ajax has a belt guard, and I love it.
    – user6815
    May 3, 2013 at 14:37

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There are chainguards that work with derailleur bikes. Your belt might be wider than a chain, but it isn't wider than a triple :-) Something like http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/hebie-chainguard-for-triple-ring-systems-with-a-48t-outer-ring-prod19993/ (If you've got a 52t chainring, it might be trickier to find something that will fit.)

  • A chain guard designed for a single speed or hub geared bike will be neater, and I suspect many will fit over a belt. But I can't point to a specific one of them that I know will fit with a belt (and there are some I'm fairly sure won't).
    – armb
    May 4, 2013 at 13:06

The tight roll was popular when I was a teen. It's less fashionable but infinitely more useful now. You just fold over the cuff of your pants and then roll them a time or two. Super easy and nothing to keep track of.


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