Sometimes I wonder if the people that work at bike companies actually ride bikes. Two of the reasons that cause me to wonder are pie plates and plastic chain guards. The majority of new bikes (of all types) seem to come with these two items and the vast majority of cyclists that want to maintain their dignity in their community make it the first order of business to remove these two items upon purchase.
Like many other things in life this is most likely the fault of lawyers. I would like to think this at least since any self respecting bike designer/engineer would likely not be caught dead sporting either of these two items on his/her whip.
Cyclists are not unlike any other segment of society in participating in acts of vanity, but sometimes it can be hip to be square. I did not think a chain guard could ever look cool, but reader Luke (who blogs over at Luke of New York) came up with a great little hack to keep your pants out of your chain with a guard and not look like a dork. Check it out -
Luke took an old Schwinn World Sport and put in a fixed gear drive train which made the outer chain ring moot. Rather than remove it he grinded the teeth off and now has what I would consider to be a respectable looking chain guard.
What do you thing readers? Hip or square?