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Got rid of my dork disk...wooo hooooo!!!!!

Old 04-29-05, 06:04 AM
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The noises coming from my rear wheel finally got too annoying. I saw another thread from another member complaining of the same thing where someone suggested that the spoke protector could be causing the noise. So I left work at lunchtime, picked up a cleapo hacksaw at the dollar store and cut that baby off....rode home in complete and blissful silence, plus it does look better. I forget who made the original suggestion to remove it, but I do thank him.

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Just make sure you keep your rear derailleur tuned. Otherwise, if you shift a little too far you'll put the chain through your spokes.
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Originally Posted by MediaCreations
Just make sure you keep your rear derailleur tuned. Otherwise, if you shift a little too far you'll put the chain through your spokes.
in theory. i've only ever seen this once at the shop, and it's never happened to me.
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I've seen it a few times. Can do nasty stuff to spokes.
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Originally Posted by MediaCreations
Just make sure you keep your rear derailleur tuned. Otherwise, if you shift a little too far you'll put the chain through your spokes.
We get a couple bikes a year in the shop that have had this happen.
Damage list can range from:
Minor damage to spokes
TO
Destroyed derailleur,
Twisted chain (90 deg in several places - weird)
Several broken spokes
Destroyed rim and hub
Bent dropout
Bent frame

All for the lack of a $0.50 piece of plastic and proper maintenance.

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Just make sure you keep your rear derailleur tuned. Otherwise, if you shift a little too far you'll put the chain through your spokes.
All for the lack of a $0.50 piece of plastic and proper maintenance.
so here's a question (cause I'd hate to see my changer go thru the spokes...

ARe there BETTER spoke protectors?
the one that is causing me troubles is pretty wimpy
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Old 04-29-05, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50
so here's a question (cause I'd hate to see my changer go thru the spokes...

ARe there BETTER spoke protectors?
the one that is causing me troubles is pretty wimpy
To reply with a meaningful answer I would have to know what your troubles are.
Please keep the list confined to 'spoke protector troubles'.
I find it difficult to believe that a properly installed spoke protector could be the cause of any issues.

Side note: I ride with a local touring club and there is a lot of 'tough guy' talk about people with spoke protectors (if you can imagine talk from a bunch of guys in carnival colored spandex as tough).
I equate it to condom use...It's all fun and games until the pain starts.

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The "chain into spokes" issue happened once to me on my old, inexpensive Peugeot which was in original 10 speed spec at the time (it never had a spoke protector). The force bent the the derailleur mounting severely and tore the cage in cage in two, dumping the jockey wheels on the road. Luckily, since it was a steel frame, I was able to re-align everything.

My newer bikes still do not have spoke protectors, I'm very careful about derailleur setup, but have also managed many 1000's miles without a problem. They do have replaceable derailleur hangers though.....

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I have been riding without a spoke protector for several years and have yet to have a problem. Obviously, one fears the chain getting sucked into the spokes and locking up the rear wheel. This would be the worst case scenario. However if your on a road bike (as opposed to a mountain bike on bumpy trails) and if your rear derailleur is adjusted properly this shouldn't be much of a problem. Also I hardly ever spend much time in the biggest rear cog and if I am I'm usually going pretty slowly if I am, so damaged to me at least would be somewhat minimized.
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I have destroyed two cheap bikes this way;

Bent rear D, shifted into a lower gear, D gets cought by spoke and then completes a 180 all the while destroying the rear wheel and the frame. Oh Forgot to mention that the dork disk, both times, didnt do a dam thing to stop it. I usually take the disk off once UV has obliterated the plastic tabs.
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If you adjust it so you never get the biggest cog in the rear, this will decrease the chances it will go into your spokes.
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Originally Posted by MediaCreations
Just make sure you keep your rear derailleur tuned. Otherwise, if you shift a little too far you'll put the chain through your spokes.
Oh I planned on doing that even if the dork disk was still there.
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Originally Posted by turbominnow
I have destroyed two cheap bikes this way;

Bent rear D, shifted into a lower gear, D gets cought by spoke and then completes a 180 all the while destroying the rear wheel and the frame. Oh Forgot to mention that the dork disk, both times, didnt do a dam thing to stop it. I usually take the disk off once UV has obliterated the plastic tabs.
That is funny, but I thought that it didn't look like it would do much to stop that. But even still, that noise was bugging the bejesus out of me. A 2 motnh old $1150.00 road bike should, at least, be quiet.
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50
so here's a question (cause I'd hate to see my changer go thru the spokes...

ARe there BETTER spoke protectors?
the one that is causing me troubles is pretty wimpy
Yes. They are called deraileur limit screws. Notice that powers2be mentions a removed dork disc AND (here comes the magic term) lack of maintenance.

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We are still not talking to you. I saw reflectors in that picture. Thou art still shunned.
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If you adjust it so you never get the biggest cog in the rear, this will decrease the chances it will go into your spokes.
gee this is brilliant. Why did I not thinnk of this?
Actually, If I just dump the Ultegra crap in the rear, replace the cassette with a single cog and make it a fixed gear... I'd never have this problem ever
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Originally Posted by Avalanche325
Yes. They are called deraileur limit screws. Notice that powers2be mentions a removed dork disc AND (here comes the magic term) lack of maintenance.

baj32161,

We are still not talking to you. I saw reflectors in that picture. Thou art still shunned.
awww cmon, there's only one!!
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