Something called a “Chain Condom” has to have an interesting story, right? It all began years ago in the garage and at the kitchen table of professional cycling team soigneur Dave Bolch. After years in pro cycling, Dave had seen just about every way to transport a bike—from racks on top of team cars holding “race-ready” bikes during long stage races to the variety of individual bike bags and cases pro cyclists dragged to training camps.
But when they weren’t at races or training camps, all the pros were just like the rest of us—putting their bikes in the backs of their cars a lot. Covering the chain with a sheet or towel wasn’t keeping grease off anyone’s interiors. So Dave used a brown paper grocery bag to make a template, cut out some fabric and put his wife’s dusty sewing machine to good use at the kitchen table. He stitched up the first bicycle chain covers and started using them on training trips he made with athletes like Lance Armstrong.
Just before one trip to train in Europe, Lance asked Dave, “You got any of those ‘Chain Condoms?’” The name was perfect. And the fact that the Chain Condom was so useful that top pros were asking for it spurred Dave on to make it available to everyone who wants to protect a bike, a car and all their other goodies.
“Just got my Chain Condom and used it for the first time. GREAT product!
I travel for my consulting business and bring my bike with me when I can. I have always used bungee cords and an old towel to protect the back seat of my car from the bike grease (and protect the bike too).
I used Chain Condom for the first time and love it. Goes on easily – at least ½ the time as my towel wrapping, and protects everything much better. This product is well thought out with holes and cut outs exactly where needed, and secure closures where they can be most effective.”
"I drove nine hours across Arizona to get to a race in Colorado. In the Northeastern part of Arizona I was driving through dust storms that not only limited my visibility and made the surrounding mesas look like they were floating, but covered my bike in coat of dust. My bike, which is black, looked brown when I got through. The Chain Condom definitely protected my drive train. Without it, I would have spent at least half an hour cleaning all the dust and grime out of my chain, cogs, crank, and derailleurs from those storms. Thanks a ton! Rubber side down.