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Breeze 8 fully enclosed chainguard, good or bad?

Old 04-16-11, 12:00 PM
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Breeze 8 fully enclosed chainguard, good or bad?

After doing much research on commuter bikes I'm leaning towards the Breezer uptown series. I like the more laid back seating position without getting into the sit up straight level that Dutch style bikes go. Plus they have small sizes that would work for me at 5'2". The biggest hangup I have is not being able to test ride as there is no one even close to me that carries the Uptown series. There is a Breezer dealer in town (Madison WI) but they're not into the commute thing.

Having said that, a question I have is how hard is it to get the fully enclosed chain guard off for fixing flat tires? I watched a video on getting the wheel off with the shimano hubs and it doesn't look that bad, but have not heard much about the chainguard. If this would be a major project I would likely shy away from the Breezers. At least the models that have the full protection.
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I would get the shop you are buying the bike from to show you.., hands on

another type of chainguard, Hebie, chainglider, comes apart just ahead of the hub.

IG hubs are a bit more time involving to remove the rear wheel .

But putting on some really puncture resistant tires , like Schwalbe marathon plus..
would reduce the likelihood , a lot.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
IG hubs are a bit more time involving to remove the rear wheel .

But putting on some really puncture resistant tires , like Schwalbe marathon plus..
would reduce the likelihood , a lot.
This is good video on getting a wheel off. A bit more work then a derailleur bike but not outrageous. Would still likely want to practice a few times at home before I tried this on the road. I am aware of the good reputation of the Schwalbe tires but stuff does happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGEXjpXtw4g
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If the shifter's cable and housing is kept just a little longer than usual, you can take the wheel out of the frame and change the tube still with the shifter cable attached to the rear wheel.
If the last fastener of the shifter cable housing to the chainstay is something that can be fastened/unfastened easily -like a velcro strip- it also helps in this regard.
Works when in the dark, or if you don't want to mess with removing the shifter cable.
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