What do you look for when you are buying a new car? Horsepower? Fuel economy? Paint color? The first thing I look for in a new vehicle is the bicycle hauling capacity (seldom listed in the owner’s manual). If you made the mistake of buying a car that will not support a trailer hitch bike rack, or at least one that has folding seats, then you are probably going to have to take the front wheel off your bike and transport it in your back seat—in which case you need to get a White Lightning Chain Johnny to protect the interior of your car.
The White Lightning Chain Johnny slips over the drivetrain of your bike (front rings, rear cogs, chain, and front and rear derailleurs) to protect your car’s interior from grease and oil stains, and it also keeps your gears and derailleurs from snagging the carpet or seat fabric. The Chain Johnny is made of a rip-resistant, 2-ply rubber/nylon material and is held in place by Velcro closures. This product should fit all road and mountain bikes.
The folks at White Lighting sent me a Chain Johnny for review and I did use it and can tell you it works exactly as advertised. It only takes a minute to slip the cover over your drivetrain, and even less to take it off. Since I have a trailer hitch bike rack for my Jeep I didn’t need the Chain Johnny myself, so after using it for a few weeks I gave it to another cyclist who normally just threw an old blanket in his back of his car to protect his seats—now with the Chain Johnny he has better protection with a lot less effort.
The White Lightning Chain Johnny retails for $20 and if your local bike shop does not have it in stock they will gladly order it for you. I also found this product listed on Amazon.com for $18, but it was through one of their associate merchants and they wanted $5 extra for postage. By the way, when this product was first introduced it was known as the Chain Condom (a funny name, but maybe not the best marketing decision).