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Can I throw this away....(9 posts)

Can I throw this away....chazman
Feb 14, 2003 9:42 AM
My wheels came built with a plastic guard between the spokes and the cassette. Does this thing serve any real purpose besides getting dirty? Can I remove it?
If your derailer is properly adjusted it serves no purpose. nmKen of Fresno
Feb 14, 2003 10:04 AM
yerpJS Haiku Shop
Feb 14, 2003 10:12 AM
it keeps the chain from being pushed off the large cog into the spokes if your derailleur low limit screw is not properly adjusted. if you feel comfy adjusting the limit screw(s) yourself, and keep your bike properly maintained, go for it.
you can but...laffeaux
Feb 14, 2003 10:27 AM
This is a classic case where aesthetics win over function for me. I don't have a spoke protector on any of my bikes, however they are a good idea.

If your deraileur goes into your wheel, the protector prevents you from ruining your rear wheel, and potentially avoiding a crash. There are more reasons to use one than an improperly set limit screw: a bent deraileur hanger or snapped chain both can send your deraileur into your spokes. With the protector you avoid having to buy a new wheel. I don't use them, but you should understand the potential extra cost before removing yours.
I stand corrected (but still without one on any bikes) nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 14, 2003 10:31 AM
re: Spoke guards....Fredrico
Feb 14, 2003 10:35 AM
Basically, I agree with the majority.

This brings to mind, however, the three or four times I have fallen, twice while making a tight turn for example, and before the rear wheel comes to a stop, the chain falls into the spokes, denting the outside ones against the hub flange. A few months' later one of them breaks, and I have to rebuild the wheel.

Life is a gamble. If chain guards ain't cool, they ain't cool. Ya takes yer chances. I guess you could say chainguards are like heavy Kevlar tires or knee pads.
More like pocket protectors! nmdzrider
Feb 14, 2003 11:30 AM
you have to.desmo
Feb 14, 2003 3:17 PM
those are so uncool!
Hmmmm, I think I'll keep it.chazman
Feb 14, 2003 7:52 PM
Thanks for the insight. I think I'll keep it. I'm all for something that can prevent a high speed crash or expensive repair.