OK, I'm going to break with my norm of Friday silliness and ask a serious question for a change.
Any thoughts on advisability or inadvisability of using a single-ring-designed chainring on middle position of a 3X crankset for a shifting 2X setup? My reservation, besides the obvious lack of shifting pins and ramps is that the thickness of some may cause problems dropping to the smaller inner ring. And is the 26 up to 38 upshift too big of a jump to happen smoothly without the aid of ramps and pins?
Only reason I pose this question is because I'm finding a lot of single-ring 38T 104/4 chainrings reasonable but 38T shifting rings are harder to come by and fairly pricey (well, except Shimano steel ones, which I don't want). I have an X5 triple that I want to 2X with a bash/38/26 (104/64) and I'm wanting to keep the conversion under $50 (I have the bash already).