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Matthew Perren

Two things: 1) I find the best way to keep my trousers out of my chain is to not wear MASSIVE flares. And 2) "grinded"? Really? "Ground" surely.

Sorry if that's made you feel all grinded down.

In conclusion.....square.


Two more things: 1) In the 3 months out of the year I actually wear pants I've got an old helmet strap and buckle I use to cinch up my pants leg

2) I was going to jump in on the whole "grinded" thing, but I was going to go with "*ground" not bust your balls needlessly.

Matthew Perren

Always best to leave the British guy to be the asshole! At least I didn't start on the whole "pants are underwear" thing.



And having one would also remind me of trials riding in days gone by :-)


This is awesome. I'm personally a fan of chain-guards since my bike is actually part of my daily life (and, well, so are pants).

Unfortunately, good after-market ones (the cheap plastic sh*t that came with my bike fell off violently after a few months) are hard to find, so this is neat. But I don't plan on making a perfectly good bike a fixie any time soon, so I'll just admire it for now. ;-)


Did this to my SS, painted it black. It works great for running to the store, etc. wearing whatever I happen to have on at the time. Bonus is that you can use the existing chain ring bolts rather than buying the shorter ones.


Having seen the results of a chain over-shifting into the spokes, I am a fan of spoke protectors (call them "pie plates," if you will). No matter how carefully the rear mech is adjusted, accidents do happen. It's bad enough to have to deal with a bent hanger or derailleur. I don't want to have to re-build a wheel.

Leo Horishny

Yet one MORE reason to ride a recumbent. ***k what people 'think' about what you look like, what gets the job done?

Hip looking. I was p****d at the lbs who replaced my rear wheel and not only didn't replace the 'pie plate'; didn't replace the existing spoke reflector and didn't say squat to me about it when they handed me the wheel back!
I won't go back there and I've steered other business away from that shop.

Cezar Jenkins

In defense of pie plates.

I've needed them a couple times. On one of my bikes I use thumb shifters. Right before stopping I will sometimes throw the gearing all the way down. If this is done quickly, there can be inertia in the chain. This can throw the chain into the spokes occasionally.

Everything was adjusted correctly. I've been doing mechanics on bikes for about three years now. I also had other much more experienced mechanics look at it. All the adjustments are correct. Still, every three or four months, the chain gets thrown.

After replacing enough spokes, I decided I had enough. I keep a pie plate on my bikes. Never thrown chains on my other steeds, but just in case.

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