So I sort of borked my drive train last night, and this morning I thought "Phil, I bet there's other people out there who have also borked their bikes, and furthermore, I bet some of them are online."
Hi, my name is Phil, and, while annoyed at my bent chain ring, I removed the front derailler from my 18-gear mid-nineties Mongoose hybrid last night. Fortunately, the chain seems to have settled on the middle chain ring, and I'm a low-torque sort of fellow anyway, since my chain is stretched, and my rear sprockets are worn as hell.
Is there a sub-forum for riders who are just scraping by? Also, turns out I've lost one of the bolts that holds the chain ring on. I found something similarly sized in my junk drawer, so that's all taken care of.