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Old 10-13-05, 07:36 PM
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That is a spoke protector, or as some of us call them "dork discs".

For a mountain bike, unless you are very confident of your skills as a bike mechanic, and are thus sure that your chain isn't going to go over the largest cog and into your spokes, then I would leave it on.

However, since this is a roadie, might as well leave it off. Just be sure that your upper limit stop is correctly set. I lost a hub on my mountain bike when this happened.
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