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Old 09-22-06, 12:55 PM   #1
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Instructions on how to remove a dork disc?

I'm a dork, but I don't want to advertize the fact. I figure it's always wise to keep your mouth shut and let people assume you are a fool, then to open your mouth and prove it. So with that philosophy in mind, can anyone explain how to remove a dork disc? I'm ready to go the next step.
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Rotate, pull.
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Probably the cleanest and most proper way would be to remove the cassette and just pull it off. Or you could go the lazy, quick and dirty way (like 90% of us) and cut it off with tin snips or garden shears. Just be careful not to cut any spokes.
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Didn't we just cover this 2 days ago?
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Take it to your LBS and ask them. That's the easiest way. I struggled with mine for 30 minutes before throwing in the towel.
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Don't Listen To Them!!1 They Are Snobs! Leave The Disk One. It Will Safe You Live!
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Leave The Disk One.
Yes. Be One with the Disk.
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If the disc is attached to the spokes, tin snips work. Rotate it so that the clips disengage from the spokes and snip it in a couple of places. Then break it away in sections. Also you can use a pair of garden shears. However, I did not receive a compliment from my wife for being resourceful the last time I did that. If it's mounted to the hub then that's a bit trickier and will likely require you to remove the cassette.

Also, assuming it's attached via clips to the spokes, another method is to ride around with it for a little bit and take a few potholes, hop some curbs, take it offroad... Pretty soon the thing will break apart on its own. Of course this is rather unfriendly to the environment so be sure to pick up the resulting pieces of plastic. Also, be aware that this may jeapordise your spokes should some of the bigger pieces get lodged against a spoke and seat/chainstay. And of course you also run the risk of those pieces getting into your derailleur and drivetrain...

But hey... it's a spoke protector afterall and is meant to protect things... right?
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It will "it will safe you live!".....wow.... Hope you study before you take the SAT.
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Remove the cassette would be the best way or you could try to cut it off without removing the cassette.
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I am still confused on this. It's so the rear derailluer won't go into the spokes, but I guess this never happens? My Trek has a small clear one, and I don't really understand why I would want to take it off other than not to look like a dork when I see other cyclists.


Edit: Disregard, Jinker gave me a clear explanation in the other thread.

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It will "it will safe you live!".....wow.... Hope you study before you take the SAT.
Why would I need to study for a Saturday?
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I am still confused on this. It's so the rear derailluer won't go into the spokes, but I guess this never happens? My Trek has a small clear one, and I don't really understand why I would want to take it off other than not to look like a dork when I see other cyclists.
Some are small...there was one that came with my Roubaix on the stock wheels and it really wasn't much bigger than the 27t cog that was on there...but some are big and ugly...check out the one on this bike I demoed

The derailleur wont go into your spokes under normal riding unless it isn't adjusted properly. The Dork disc is on the bike because the limits are generally not that well tuned from the factory so if a shop doesn't do the prep they should you chould have an issue. If the bike is properly tuned the only time the RD is going into the spokes is under some mechanical issue or wreck and you have other problems anyway.

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Well, I tried cutting it away with little success. Now there are various shaped triangles around my disc and other assorted scissor marks. I decided to try the remove the cassette advice but don't know how. I did take the wheel off but it seems the cassette is stuck to the wheel/hub. Any advice?

And someone mentioned this was covered a couple days ago. I didn't realize that, if someone can point me to that thread, I'll see if it has my answer.
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It's personal preference. Some newbies who aren't adept at adjusting rear derailleurs should leave the discs on for safety.

Use a chain whip (to hold the cassette) while unlocking with the lock-ring tool to remove cassette. Now remove dork disc. Make sure the RD is properly adjusted.

Easy button: take it to LBS.
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Err you have to make a cut completely from the edge to the center of the disc...it will probably break once you get half way through or so.

Here is how you take off the cassette: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=48
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The Park Tools how-tos are gold for n00bs like me.
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You have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Probably the cleanest and most proper way would be to remove the cassette and just pull it off. Or you could go the lazy, quick and dirty way (like 90% of us) and cut it off with tin snips or garden shears. Just be careful not to cut any spokes.
If cutting the dork disk off rather than pulling the cassette doesn't make you a Fred, I take back my confession in another thread to being a Fred for leaving the valve stem caps on......
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All your disk are belong to us.
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We should start a thread discussing the best uses for all of those Dork Disks that are laying around....


...How about...

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We should start a thread discussing the best uses for all of those Dork Disks that are laying around....

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Don't Listen To Them!!1 They Are Snobs! Leave The Disk One. It Will Safe You Live!

Every year thousands of people die from Dork Disk removal related crashed. Don't be a statistic.



Actually some people have had those dork disk break on their own and almost cause an accident so I guess the bike industry needs to make a better dork disk.

World's biggest maker of Dork Disk

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