I've got an old '02 Cannondale Gemini 1000. It needs a bit of work, as I've been sort of ignoring it for a while. I am planning on getting a new set of chainrings, rear cogs, and a chain. Right now I've got three chain rings in front and I was considering the idea of going down to two and installing a bash guard. I've played around with riding on giant rocks in the past and managed to bash up my chainring quite well in the process. I also like to do a bit of downhill (nothing to fancy but I like to go fast) and some freeride. I just thought I'd get all your opinions on this. Does the loss of the third chainring limit your speed too much (I would assume I'd want to keep my low gears). Is it possible to get a bash guard over a third chainring? What else should I consider?