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Spoke Protector(10 posts)

Spoke ProtectorNewbie
Jul 19, 2001 11:17 AM
Is there any advantage or disadvantage to me keeping the spoke protector on my rear wheel?
re: Spoke ProtectorLen J
Jul 19, 2001 11:27 AM
It keeps your chain from going inside your cassette & tearing up your spokes. If you maintain good adjustment on your rear Der. there is no need for this protector. You can check any maintenance book (Zinn & the art of road bike maintenance is the best) or the park tools web site (not sure of url) for instructions on how to do this. If you have any mechanical aptitude & you devote some time to it, you can learn how to keep your rear Der properly adjusted.

Good luck.
re: Spoke ProtectorAkirasho
Jul 19, 2001 11:46 AM
In general, a properly adjusted and positioned rear derailleur eliminates the need for such... of course there are exceptions, but they are exceedingly rare.

Outside of aesthetics, the best advantage I can think of is easier cleaning and maintence (the weight savings is minimal). Disadvantage... an improperly adjusted limit screw that allows the derailleur to take out your spokes...

The rear spoke protector is more of a "lowest common denominator" kind of thing.

Be the bike.
I removed mine.boy nigel
Jul 19, 2001 12:48 PM
One of those annoying plastic donuts came on my new Giant TCR when I got it in January. It kind of screams either "Brand new bike" or "Brand new rider." I've never ridden with one on. My first "real" bike (years ago) didn't even come with one, and I trained hard and raced on it with no real mechanical aptitude whatsoever, never requiring any spoke protection. Never had a problem with the derailleur dumping the chain into the spokes. For that matter, I never really adjusted the r. der., either.

Taking it off makes the bike look nicer in my opinion, and it gets rid of a pretty much unnecessary piece of plastic from your nice new bike.

To remove it, you'd have to take the rear wheel off and remove the gear cassette. Without the proper tools, you could bring it to a shop. It's actually a very easy thing to do--it also allows you to thoroughly clean/degrease your cassette, which helps keep the chain cleaner. You'll need a sprocket removal tool (to match the brand of your gear cassette), a chain whip (Pedro's also makes a tool called a Cog Wrench that works even better than a chain whip--though it's a bit more expensive), and an adjustable wrench. Once you have these tools, you have them pretty much forever.

Good luck, and enjoy the ride.

Not necessary to remove cassette........Len J
Jul 20, 2001 3:14 AM
if you don't care if you damage protector. I just cut it off with a pair of metal shears and then threw it away.

Cassette removal for a newbie can seem pretty intimidating.
Jul 19, 2001 1:20 PM
Advantage is that if the normally well adjusted deralleur happens to go out of adjustment, OR gets tweaked abruptly (which happens mostly on mountain bikes) it will keep you wheel frombeing damaged slightly to severely.
Disadvantage is that it adds a little weight, and snooty riders with an attitude will think you're less worthy.
Jul 19, 2001 4:45 PM
I hit 'reply' when I momentarily misunderstood your misspelling of 'from being' as 'flambéing', and thought, what's he talking about. Anyway now I'm here.. this thing ought not to be useful, but oddly is: enough wheels fail from damaged spokes caused by mal-adjusted mech limits, that it's sort of worth leaving it on there. The weight thing is clearly nonsense, and the only reason for getting rid is the image angle- which certainly doesn't look good. I've never actually had one on a bike so I suppose it's easy to be disdainful.
Jul 19, 2001 1:50 PM
The one that came with my bike was much larger than the cassette. I removed it after a ride on a particularly windy day when I realized that the protector probably caught as much sidewind as the entire rest of the wheel.
looks like crap, get rid of it nmWadeOmatic
Jul 19, 2001 6:57 PM
re: Spoke Protectorilove2bike
Jul 19, 2001 7:27 PM
if the bike shop that built the bike didn't adjust the rear Der properly then you can shift into the spokes but if you trust them then rip the pie plate off.