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Old 10-18-05, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by rufvelo
I disagree. He's obviously not as sophisticted as you are and the plastic disc is there for just such a person. You may have had a bad experience, but for the overall majority of new bike owners, the disc does the job, hence placed there by the manufacturer.

I don't use/like the disc, but I can't assume that everyone can adjust their gears and build a wheel from scratch either.
Exactly. I don't use one either, but I ride with a guy that really needs one. He took it off because he thought it looked dumb. A week later we were riding together. I looked down at his wheel and saw that he had three broken spokes. On closer inspection, several more were getting ready to go, having been sawn partway through by his frequently thrown chain.
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