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Old 07-01-14, 04:56 PM   #1
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I just bought a new Madone 5.2 and the first thing I did was remove the reflectors. How terrible is the dork disc on the back? Should I immediately remove it ( I hate to take apart a new bike) or can I wait till I have the cassette off for something else?
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cut that thing off immediately.
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I just bought a new Madone 5.2 and the first thing I did was remove the reflectors. How terrible is the dork disc on the back? Should I immediately remove it ( I hate to take apart a new bike) or can I wait till I have the cassette off for something else?
When you are comfortable with removing it, it is time to remove it.
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Just leave it on and wear this helmet. No one will think twice.

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Message received. It is done
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I may actually install extra reflectors on my spokes... just so people have something to laugh about.


I'm seriously considering a kickstand and a little bell.
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Make sure your rear derailleur low limit screw is correctly adjusted or you'll regret very much removing that dork plate.
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I've never had to remove a cassette to remove a dork disc before until I got my fiancees F85... I used pliers, screw drivers, hammers etc. and that thing would not come off. I guess felt feels like their clients are too stupid to adjust their limit screws correctly.
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Make sure your rear derailleur low limit screw is correctly adjusted or you'll regret very much removing that dork plate.
And also make sure your support team carries an extra bike on the SAG truck. Because the first time you crash and throw the rear derailleur out of alignment it will be easier if your support team to just hand you another bike. Or... just cart you off to have the team doctor/medic take a look at you if your hurt.

But.... in my case... I might be eight miles east of nowhere... when I crash... with my only option being to pedal my own injured behind back home. In which case... if I don't have a dorky looking safety device I might end-up injured and with a broken bike. But... if looking like actually a PRO-cyclist and saving 8 grams of weight is more important. Well how to choose?

Of course... you may not need to crash to get the derailleur bumped, or knocked out of alignment. And heck.... you may never need that little clear piece of plastic. But a chain in the spokes isn't a good thing. But I am sure you have extra/spare wheels just like the pros do.. right. And.. even if you don't... you'll still look like a pro.

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