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Old 11-25-14, 09:21 PM
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Removed that plastic saucer thingy between cassette and spokes

Yup, I removed that plastic saucer thingy with two cuts apposite each other and here is the result. Couldn't stand the cheap look of it. Buh bye.
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Old 11-25-14, 10:06 PM
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Feels good. Looks good.

(took me an embarrassingly long time with a pocket-knife and some needle-noses to get dork disks off of my 2 bikes. Still got reflectors though)
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Old 11-25-14, 10:23 PM
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These discs are much easier to dispose of if the cassette is removed first. Less chance of cutting yourself with knives and such!
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Old 11-25-14, 11:30 PM
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I keep thinking I want to take the plastic disc off my bike but I never quite get around to it. Really, what I want, is a chrome one like on an older bike, but I don't think it'd match my Trek very well. I'm using this desire as justification to build up a retro road ride.
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Old 11-26-14, 12:13 AM
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sorry to be a noob. but is there a purpose for the saucer?
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Old 11-26-14, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Warbuff View Post
sorry to be a noob. but is there a purpose for the saucer?
Keeps your chain from mangling spokes if your derailer upper limit isn't adjusted correctly (or other strange mayhem happens), and it jumps between the hub flange and the last cassette cog ring.

No dumb questions, sometimes dumb people, but this isn't that case.
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Old 11-26-14, 06:50 AM
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Dork disc...
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Old 11-26-14, 08:08 AM
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Why not just spin the cassette off, and take it off easily********************???? This is such an easy operation!
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Old 11-26-14, 08:14 AM
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not everyone has the tool, though only a few bucks
cutting it out is fine if you keep the bike in tune
it also keeps the hub free from grease and grim from the drive train
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Old 11-26-14, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Funduro View Post
Yup, I removed that plastic saucer thingy with two cuts apposite each other and here is the result. Couldn't stand the cheap look of it. Buh bye.
OP: I can't count the number of times I have put them back on peoples' bikes along with the repair/rebuild they came in for...

It typically goes like this:

ME: So that comes to $175 for new rear wheel parts and labor to build, $80 for a new derailleur, $40 for a new chain, $40 for a new handle bar, $60 for a new set of brake levers, $7 (QBP) for a new dork disk, etc...
ME: Say, didn't this bike come with a little dork disk on the rear wheel to keep your chain and the shifter out of spokes?
HIM: Oh yeah it did, I had a buddy take it off because he said it was only for dorks.
ME: Was you "friend" there to give you a ride back to the shop to get your bike fixed?
HIM: Well no... he didn't see me crash so he is probably still finishing up the tour...
ME: Is your friend helping you pay to have your bike fixed ...you know for all the damage that would have been prevented by having a dork disk on your rear wheel...
HIM: Ah no on that also...

Repeat about 100 times over the years!

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Old 11-26-14, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by jwarner View Post
Keeps your chain from mangling spokes if your derailer upper limit isn't adjusted correctly (or other strange mayhem happens), and it jumps between the hub flange and the last cassette cog ring.

No dumb questions, sometimes dumb people, but this isn't that case.
And some people know that the high limit screw prevents the chain from going off the smallest cog.
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Old 11-26-14, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
And some people know that the high limit screw prevents the chain from going off the smallest cog.
And the low limit screw prevents the chain and derailleur from crashing into the spokes ;-)

My opinion is that if you maintain your own bikes and know what you are doing, there is no danger to removing this part. If youre the type that starts messing with the limit screws to adjust mis-shifts, you had better leave this on.
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Old 11-26-14, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk View Post
And the low limit screw prevents the chain and derailleur from crashing into the spokes ;-)

My opinion is that if you maintain your own bikes and know what you are doing, there is no danger to removing this part. If youre the type that starts messing with the limit screws to adjust mis-shifts, you had better leave this on.
Gotta love that user name!

Back *before* I started doing my own maintenance, I was bombing down a short, steep hill to a stop sign, and downshifting prior to the stop. My chain fell into the spokes, put a big flat stop in the tire tread as I screeched to a stop, trashed a bunch of spokes, and trashed the chain. Yes, I wish that bike would have had a dork disk.
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Old 11-26-14, 09:58 AM
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Leave it alone. It does no harm and possibly can do you good. Think of it as a shirt pocket protector - not particularly stylish, but it does protect the shirt if you're always carrying pens. Or think of it as an appendix - something you leave alone unless it causes you a problem. Keep it on and wear it as a badge of independence from the influence/judgement of bike style snobs.
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Old 11-26-14, 10:36 AM
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How to remove a dork disk and entertain BF at the same time: https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...heel-fire.html
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Old 11-26-14, 01:06 PM
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Kissler:
Guess what, that never happened to my twenty year old Schwinn, it never had a plastic saucer thingy, ever. Sure sheet happens all the time, BFD. Next you're going to tell me about someone that got hit by a Grayhound bus becasue the spoke reflectors were removed and THAT was the reason the bus driver never saw the rider.

Tip: this applies for saucers that are not fully seated into cassette. I used a utility knive carefully scoring straight lines were the was minimal interference from the spokes. Cut one opposite the other then coaxed one saucer thingy half moon at a time. Then tossed into round paper file, dog didn't want it as a toy. The thingy was very loose with only tabs keeping it in place.

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Old 11-26-14, 03:31 PM
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People really care about this stuff? Who even looks at it that closely?
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Old 11-26-14, 03:37 PM
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am I the only one that calls them a "pie plate"?

It's funny- I just paid 15 bucks for a NOS Shimano pie plate for my vintage mountain bike- one man's trash.........
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Keep it on and annoy the heck out of the "real" cyclist you pass on your next group ride
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Now washed and cool

I was once one of the great unwashed i.e, dork disk equipped. Then I removed the dork disk and immediately became so cool that I had to wear thermal underwear to keep from freezing even in the summer.

Now I want to remove my kick stand but I'm afraid that I will freeze solid and never be able to ride again!

Have also thought of going totally rogue and removing the caps from the tire valves! Decisions, decisions!
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I'd like to thank everyone for such an entertaining read...reminded me of a scene in Napoleon Dynamite....

"several scenes" actually.
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Old 11-27-14, 09:51 AM
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Since I put an 11-30 cassette on my Sirrus,,,,,,, now, I need a bigger pie plate to cover the bigger sprocket............ Guess I'll visit the LBS to beg a "cool guy" take off from a Crosstrail..................
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Investment items

I'm keeping these as an investment along with the Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch Kids. I have a hunch they may be worth a fortune in the future as all those cheap plastic ones will have been cut off and discarded! Real chrome and heavy too which adds momentum once you get up to speed!
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I'm keeping these as an investment along with the Beanie Babies and Cabbage Patch Kids. I have a hunch they may be worth a fortune in the future as all those cheap plastic ones will have been cut off and discarded! Real chrome and heavy too which adds momentum once you get up to speed!
I'm gonna have to start looking for a couple of those...................... and it adds bling! Now, I gotta go out in the garage and measure.............................
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How to remove a dork disk and entertain BF at the same time: https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-me...heel-fire.html

I read that whole thread. Hilarious! I wonder if he uses a table saw to trim his finger nails?
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