Ok, so I'm starting to race some XC and still love to ride just about any trail. I'm not much for DH, but I've still done a little damage to my large chain ring. So far it's been nothing major, a few slightly bent teeth and a little warped, but still very useable. I would like to protect my big chainring, but I've also got a triple and would like to keep it. I've heard that there are gaurds that work with triples, but I was wondering if anyone used them and could give me a little info on them. Are there any problems with them like strength or interference? Any suggestions for which one to get? or perhaps make my own (hey, it's just a solid disc, can't be that hard, right?) On the other hand, is there a chainring that's tough enough to where, as a XC rider, I wouldn't need to worry about the bash gaurd? I mean, the damage has come from just clipping a log or two, not like I landed it flat on a rock, so maybe there's a little beefier 'ring out there that could take it better. Just so you know, the crankset on there now is mid 90's no name, served me well so far, just taken a beating. Thanks for any help.