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    protecting the rear spokes

    I bought my BD used. It does not have a disk that protects the spokes from catching chain on an overshift at the rear axle. That is partly why I had that catastrophic recently.
    Does the BD normally come with a protective disk? Am I missing something?
    My LBS said that I had to lose first gear to put on a "shield". I'm not sure I quite believe that.
    I'm hoping that if Surly bikes come with this disk, that I can order one known to fit. I did not offhand catch sight of one when cruising their website a few minutes ago. But, that could be photography and my sorry eyesight.

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    Find another bike shop, you dont have to remove the first gear. Just look for one designed for a freewheel or cassette, depending on what you have, and for the amount of spokes you have.
    Giant doesn’t honour warranties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk0tt View Post
    Find another bike shop, you dont have to remove the first gear. Just look for one designed for a freewheel or cassette, depending on what you have, and for the amount of spokes you have.
    +1
    Life is good O^o

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    Agree with the above. Some cyclists have disdain for the protective disk since if the bike is perfectly adjusted it should be unnecessary - and they do frequently crack and become noisy when they get older. But they are pretty cheap insurance for the time that your derailleur may not be properly adjusted or if your bike got bumped in a way that bent the rear hanger. Any decent bike shop should be able to get you one that'll fit your bike without losing any of the gear combinations.

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    Just a note, I always take them off, because I personaly think they are butt ugly. I always keep the rear adjusted and I'm very careful not to ever knock the bike around. (I do leave them on on the wife's bike though) So far knock on wood in 50 years of riding bicycles I have never had a chain suck and take out any of my spokes.

    If your LBS can't do this simple of task I would never go back to them for anything, EVER!
    Life is good O^o

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    Posted this in another forum recently: Dork disks are scoffed at by some, but I just bought a bike that didn't have one and all the spokes on the drive side were trashed from an over shift. Apparently didn't have the limit screw set properly. What a jerk I thought. Now I rarely if ever use the lowest gear on my bike, but just for the heck of it I checked my regular rider...WOW...it went right off the big cog into the spokes(slow speed on the stand so no damage even though my bike does not have the disk). I usually check the stop settings every 600-700 miles or when changing a tube, etc., so those screws can move!
    I'm now looking for a disk to install.

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    I bought my BD used. Does the BD normally come with a protective disk? Am I missing something?
    D'oh, ! not buying it new, the guy who bought the thing, first, took it off, of course..



    FWIW,

    I rarely notice my back wheel, riding, because I watch where I am going and the cross traffic.


    they might be more hip, if stamped out of Titanium.
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