Why wrap a ton of thread on the chainring?

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Why wrap a ton of thread on the chainring?
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Posted: Sep 19, 2021 at 23:06 Quote
I found this weird on a Norco commuter bike, something I have never seen before in the hundreds of bikes I have wrenched on.

In the photo you can see a previous owner has meticulously wound up a generous amount of thread on the smaller chainring.

Why was it done? Dampen chain noise on a favorite gear? Wick water off a wet chain? Emergency survival fishing line?

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 1:51 Quote
If they ever got stuck in some deep mud they'd tie one end around a tree, pedal like crazy and winch themselves out, obviously. lol

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 7:45 Quote
^^ lol

shit....I'm interested in how they get it to stay Razz

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 7:58 Quote
Probably missing a couple centimeters from the right pants leg now.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 8:52 Quote
You maybe wrong in the assumption it was deliberate, as hinted more likely
loose clothing, fabric bag etc, over time its built up.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 at 11:22 Quote
maybe the chain derailed and got stuck deep between the chainrings, Redneck solution perhaps

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