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Is it true that you guys remove reflectors, kickstands and chain guards?

Old 01-30-18, 08:09 PM
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Not necessary true for everyone.

But for me, anything that useless for "speed".

I just disposed it.
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Old 01-30-18, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by PdalPowr View Post
I at least want reflectors on my bike.
Isn't the spoke reflector also there to balance the wheel?
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Old 01-30-18, 08:49 PM
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All but one of my bikes are parts builds. Generally speaking, if I snag a nice part and it compliments the bike, I install it. If it's broken, ugly, or detracts from the bike, it's gone. My bikes are tailored to my local conditions. And for some bikes I care more about aesthetics than for others.

There are no easy answers, except: Don't install a kickstand in a way that will damage a delicate frame. Find a different type of kickstand or figure out alternatives for parking your bike.
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Old 01-30-18, 09:02 PM
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Can't remove what it (they) never had.
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Old 01-30-18, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
Just curious. I'm new to all of this and I have reflectors on both my front/rear wheels (spoke). I also still have the front reflector on my handlebar. I bought a kickstand for my bike because It never had one.
My husband doesn't build my bicycles with those things on ... so there's nothing to remove.

That said. we do add a red rear reflector on our randonneuring/audax bicycles.
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Old 01-30-18, 09:17 PM
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I want more photos of kickstands.


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Old 01-30-18, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I want more photos of kickstands.


-Tim-
At your service! Also note the pedal reflector and chain guard.
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Old 01-30-18, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
At your service! Also note the pedal reflector and chain guard.
Got any on bikes that have been washed since Y2K?
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Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
Chain guard, hockey stick, art deco thingy, the cover over the chainwheel back to the rear cog that keeps your pants or dress out of the chain and clean.
Yeah. I wasn't sure if he meant that or a dork disc. Haven't had a bike with one of those since I was a kid.
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Old 01-31-18, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by PdalPowr View Post
I am no expert but all the modern bikes I have seen,
have the reflector on the opposite side of the wheel from the valve.
This serves to balance out the valve.
A common misconception.

When I was a shop mechanic, I used to install a LOT of bike computers. I thought about how the wheel magnet might affect wheel balance too. My common practice was to let the front wheel gradually pendulum to a stop and assumed the lightest part would be the top.

SURPRISE! The valve stem is almost always near the lightest place on the rim. Drilling the hole for the valve removes material from that point and, more importantly, opposite the valve where the trim is joined a piece of metal is usually inserted to align the joint. Those two factors more than balance out the weight of the valve stem.
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Old 01-31-18, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr View Post
Got any on bikes that have been washed since Y2K?
You got me on that one. Right now, the riding conditions are a mixture of snow, muck, grit, and salt. We'll clean things up when we have a thaw.
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Old 01-31-18, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Cross Creek View Post
How did the OP get to be a senior member of the forum with a two month old membership and 52 posts?" No judgement, just curious. I am a senior member with relatively few posts (321) as well, but my membership is eight years old. What determines level of membership?
I'm not sure. I'm relatively new. My first post was a Trek bike that I bought a few mos ago, however i couldn't post photos, therefore I started replying to post until my count was 10, then I could post photos. I think I posted a lot. I'm surprised at this because on other forums I'm on it takes a lot to be a senior member.
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Old 01-31-18, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Might have been a reason it didn't have one. Are you sure you haven't damaged something?
I bought a Greenfield kickstand. there's a hole in the frame where I put the bolt and nut where the stand went. I didn't make any modifications to the frame.
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Old 01-31-18, 09:47 AM
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I replaced the Brompton reflector with a powered tail light, that includes a reflector.
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Old 01-31-18, 09:52 AM
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my mtn bike i removed reflectors and kickstand because they are things that can fall off on a trail id rather not have them end up as garbage. I didnt have reflectors on my road bike aside from the wheels i didnt remove those and i added a tail light and head light for this night ride i do during the summer. before too long id probably add lights to wheels just to make the bike look cool at night.
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Old 01-31-18, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
Just curious. I'm new to all of this and I have reflectors on both my front/rear wheels (spoke). I also still have the front reflector on my handlebar. I bought a kickstand for my bike because It never had one.
If you want to be a badass remove them. If you want to be a real badass, remove them from other people's bikes.
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Old 01-31-18, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I want more photos of kickstands. -Tim-
Sure. Here you go.
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Originally Posted by AlexanderLS View Post
I'd leave a chain guard for a child's bike but it does make proper cleaning/lubing your chain a bit of extra work. If you are actually using your bike, you'll be wanting to clean/re-lube fairly frequently.
A chain guard would be a bit much, especially for a multigear bike. I normally ride wearing shorts during warm weather anyway, but the times I do ride wearing windpants I strap on a couple of elastic bands around my lower legs just to keep the loose material from getting caught. I think, though, that I might get some reflective leg bands with velcro to replace the elastic which will eventually wear out.

As far as pedal reflectors go, I left mine on. It's a state law here that any bicycle sold with pedals must have reflectors on the pedals, and any new pedals sold must also have reflectors on them. But I like them. Ever driven behind a bicycle at night? The alternating up/down motion of the pedal reflectors does get your attention.

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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
A chain guard would be a bit much, especially for a multigear bike. I normally ride wearing shorts during warm weather anyway, but the times I do ride wearing windpants I strap on a couple of elastic bands around my lower legs just to keep the loose material from getting caught. I think, though, that I might get some reflective leg bands with velcro to replace the elastic which will eventually wear out.
I was using the incorrect term. I meant "dork disc" (or what you guys call it).
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Just out of curiosity what do you guys use as lights (rear/front)?
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Old 01-31-18, 11:10 AM
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I seem to be one of the few that has a kickstand mounted and use it a lot. It beats laying the bike on the ground when there's no place to lean it against something IMO.
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Reflectors and kickstands...not my thing. I use front and rear lights on my bikes (and for night riding, carry a backup.) I also decorate myself in reflective gear for night road rides.

IME, kickstands tend to be heavy and collect a lot of dirt; on my utility rider, it is just as easy to lean the bike against something. Wheel reflectors can be a PITA when trying to true a wheel. If I want some bling on my wheels, I much prefer something like this, which is bright and easy to remove.

Serious question, though: is there any good way of removing standard wheel reflectors without a sledgehammer? I have one that simply will not budge, and it really needs to go.
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Old 01-31-18, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Serious question, though: is there any good way of removing standard wheel reflectors without a sledgehammer? I have one that simply will not budge, and it really needs to go.
Usually they have a screw that holds them on. Often it's a single use screw. Meaning you can screw it on, but not off. Trying to unscrew it will break the screw, thus releasing the reflector.

If that doesn't work, get a pair of these and crush it. It's flimsy plastic. Squeeze it with this and it'll shatter. And you can control the squeeze so it's not a violent whacking near the spokes. You can squeeze gently and when it cracks, it should come right off.



If that fails....Elon Musk is taking pre-order on consumer flame throwers.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/...cause-why-not/

Sure, that'll kill the bike. But sometimes you run into a stuck part that frustrates you so much, defeating it becomes all that matters. I lost a lawnmower that way once. But that spark plug never gave me attitude again.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
A common misconception.

When I was a shop mechanic, I used to install a LOT of bike computers. I thought about how the wheel magnet might affect wheel balance too. My common practice was to let the front wheel gradually pendulum to a stop and assumed the lightest part would be the top.

SURPRISE! The valve stem is almost always near the lightest place on the rim. Drilling the hole for the valve removes material from that point and, more importantly, opposite the valve where the trim is joined a piece of metal is usually inserted to align the joint. Those two factors more than balance out the weight of the valve stem.
I bow to your expertise and experience especially as it was expressed politely.
However my limited experience proves otherwise. I had read that the reflector
does indeed balance out the valve assembly which can weigh up to twenty grams.

I proved this to myself by taking the reflector off and spinning the wheel.
Every time the wheel spun the valve would stop at the bottom.
With the reflector installed the wheel never stopped at the same place.
I cannot presume that the first bike I tried is different
than all other bikes. I also asked at my L.B.S. and
they said they were told by the manufacturer to
install reflectors opposing the valve
This to be done to balance out the wheel.
Is the manufacturer wrong?

My L.B.S. mechanics are pretty darn good
and not paid to waste time.They wouldn't
do something just because the manufacturer told them to do it,

I am not saying anyone is wrong as
it is evident I am new to bicycle mechanics.
There are also variables in testing techniques that would be hard to eradicate.
Again I appreciate you expressed an educated opinion in a respectful manner.
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Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
Just out of curiosity what do you guys use as lights (rear/front)?
I'm pretty happy with this from Lezyne:

Lezyne Hecto Drive 350XL Cycling Light Combo - Performance Exclusive - Performance Bike

USB charge and flexible mount connection that fits round bars as well as the more oval shaped bars on aero handlebars both.

Same idea here but a little brighter but no rear light:

https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...551_1214247_-1
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