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Old 08-27-08, 09:41 AM
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No FD

I broke my FD last night and I have to ride today, will there be a problem? I took it completely off.
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Old 08-27-08, 09:42 AM
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Jou don't need no stinkin' FD.
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Old 08-27-08, 09:48 AM
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I broke my FD last night and I have to ride today, will there be a problem? I took it completely off.
The chain's a little more likely to jump off.

Chainrings for bikes with front derailleurs are ramped and pinned to shift (i.e. jump off the ring), unlike single chainrings. The FD helps prevent this. Hence it's not the greatest idea to ride without and FD. (ask David Millar)

That said, its not that likely to jump off. I might consider not sprinting out of the saddle.

Also how is the FD Broken. One possibility is to fix it in place with the limit screws, and use it as a chain guide, to avoid derailing.
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Old 08-27-08, 10:11 AM
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i would remount it but the cables are broken, and i dont have the poper tools to install new ones.
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Old 08-27-08, 10:13 AM
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i would remount it but the cables are broken, and i dont have the poper tools to install new ones.
Dude, you need an allen wrench and some cable snips... wtf?
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i would remount it but the cables are broken, and i dont have the poper tools to install new ones.

You can run the FD with a broken cable, adjusted to stay in either the big or the small ring with the limit screws, thus acting as a chain guide, and keeping you from derailling.
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Nah. I rode 4-5 times without a FD this year after I broke mine. I didn't want to pay $70 for an FD from the LBS vs. $25 from PBK, so I put it on the small ring and headed for the hills.
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