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What drive train ratios are you running?

Old 09-14-06, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe
I don't have an old 53 ring that I can grind down. I have a few nice rings that I can't bear to destroy. I'll break the bank, splurge and buy a proper bash guard. After all, the total investment in the bike is only $50 thus far.

I got one I'll send to ya (free) that'd be perfect if you want to grind the teeth off. Its a silver Shimano unramped 53t that I kept for just this reason.

pm me if youre interested.
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe
Hey lunacycle,

Thanks for the Third Eye Chainwatcher suggestion. I didn't even know they made one. It makes sense so I will get one.


I will also look for a real chain guard and pick one up if they aren't crazy expensive. I presume you are refering to a bash ring in MTB terms? I don't know if I will ever need it on a CX bike given the trails that I ride. However, it may help keep the chain on too.... hmmm. On my MTB, I wheelie over logs, let the big ring hit it and slide over it. Rocks are another story as I tend to dismount to avoid damaging the big ring.

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I've had bad luck with the 3rd eye chain watcher. I've seen this happen to others too but basically what can happen is the chain can come off with so much force that it bends the plastic 3rd eye guard and squeezes between it and your chain ring and falls to the BB. The 3rd eye being plastic just deforms back into shape. Then it's next to impossible to put your chain back on as you will have to pull it back between the 3rd eye guard and the chain ring. You basically have to loosen the 3rd eye to retrieve the chain, not a good thing during a race. If youre not racing they may work well enough. There is another one called the Dedda Dog Fang and it appears to be made of a more durable plastic. Another one I see is made of metal. A friend of mine has one and I may see him at cross practice tonight and I will ask him what it is.

All in All the best and most full proof way is to have two 'bash guards' on each side of your chainring that are at least 2 or 3 mm higher then the chain.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
All in All the best and most full proof way is to have two 'bash guards' on each side of your chainring that are at least 2 or 3 mm higher then the chain.
I would agree with that, and I'll probably go that route some day.

I also agree that the Third Eye isn't the greatest piece of engineering out there, but I've had good luck with it. I think I have it dialled in just right so the chain won't dive underneath it. At least, I haven't had any problems with it for that last four years that I've been using it.
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Originally Posted by jeremyb
I got one I'll send to ya (free) that'd be perfect if you want to grind the teeth off. Its a silver Shimano unramped 53t that I kept for just this reason.

pm me if youre interested.
Hi jeremyb,

Mountain Equipment Co-op in Calgary has bash rings starting at $21 CDN. I will see if they have one that will fit a Sugino, 5 bolt 42t ring, if not, I will let you know. I'm not sure if your 53t Shimano ring wil match up with the Sugino crank w/110mm bolt diameter. ???

Thanks for your generous offer.

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