Looking for some quick advice on adding a chain guard, a cyclist posts the question to the forum in the simplest way he can think of: Does anyone have a recommendation for a chain guard?
He gets the following replies:
-- One guy from the 50+ crowd contributes 3 lengthy paragraphs explaining that in 30 yrs of cycling he never had a chain guard, never saw the use for one, doubts they work, thinks they look odd, but supposes it's OK if some people like them.
-- The next response demands to know type of bike the OP has (preferably with a photo and close-up of the crank), what kind riding he does, how many miles, height, weight and physical condition before he can adequately respond to the question.
-- Two roadies worry about adding a half pound weight and recommend against buying a guard.
-- A commuter reports that he never needed a guard because he wears shorts all year round. Points out by the way that he lives in Alaska.
-- A new rider responds wondering if the size of the tires will affect the chain guard. The question is ignored.
-- A guy from the maintenance forum says he made his own from aluminum foil and duct tape. Email him for instructions.
-- A classic&vintage guy recommends buying a classic 70s era, steel frame, single speed, Beyonce special which comes with a chain guard as standard equipment. He rebuilt one in just two years.
-- One post corrected a typo mistaken for bad spelling in a previous post, chastising the poster without adding a smiley and says nothing about chain guards. This leads to a short digression on the use of the subjunctive in English prose.
-- One guy recommends a guard that works great, goes on easily and requires no derailleur adjustments. Has one on all his bikes. He's from Australia, the brand isn't sold here.
Time passes and the OP, or his patience, have joined the choir celestial. He is not heard from again.
6 months later a newbie nervously posts for the first time in the general forum asking the same question and is advised to search the archives.