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02-07-2018, 04:26 PM   #1606
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Not often you see a Focus!
We get a few of them out here, Mark, must have a competent importer. The mountain bikes looked just as appealing as the roadies.
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I accidentally left my bike where the roof was dripping this morning at the office. I came out to it pretty encased. The seat was all icy and that made for a chilly ride home!
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We get a few of them out here, Mark, must have a competent importer. The mountain bikes looked just as appealing as the roadies.
Yes, your importer is also our importer.
This is mine. (Photo taken when new, even before I removed the dork disk.)

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Yes, your importer is also our importer.
This is mine. (Photo taken when new, even before I removed the dork disk.)
Very nice! And thanks for giving me the correct name for those plastic protectors.

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I have one of a certain Lance Armstrong riding the 'Nissan Clasic' tour of Ireland in 1992 before he became famous. Not sure whether he was juiced or not then but he was up the road on his own chasing Stephen Roche.

Taken with a 35mm Halina film camera so probably not allowed to post it.
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Very nice! And thanks for giving me the correct name for those plastic protectors.
Glad to be of service!
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I have one of a certain Lance Armstrong riding the 'Nissan Clasic' tour of Ireland in 1992 before he became famous. Not sure whether he was juiced or not then but he was up the road on his own chasing Stephen Roche.

Taken with a 35mm Halina film camera so probably not allowed to post it.
I'm sure we'll forgive you the film camera. As for Lance.......

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Photo taken when new, even before I removed the dork disk
I still display mine proudly . (what does it do, anyway?)
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I still display mine proudly . (what does it do, anyway?)
It serves no useful purpose at all. It supposedly protects the spokes should the chain come off the cassette, but it the chain is set correctly, that never happens. Put another way, a more useful device is called a "chain catcher" which can protect your frame and stops the chain from getting mangled if your chain comes off the smaller chain ring, a much more common occurrence.

See Eurobike 2011: The rise and rise of the chain catcher | road.cc
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It serves no useful purpose at all. It supposedly protects the spokes should the chain come off the cassette, but it the chain is set correctly, that never happens. Put another way, a more useful device is called a "chain catcher" which can protect your frame and stops the chain from getting mangled if your chain comes off the smaller chain ring, a much more common occurrence.

See Eurobike 2011: The rise and rise of the chain catcher | road.cc
I think protecting the rear derailleur (and hanger) from the spokes is a primary reason for them too!

I've seen what happens if the derailleur goes into the spokes while riding and it's not pretty! It happened to a buddy of mine while we were mountain biking, miles from anywhere. We ended up shortening the chain and doing a single speed conversion in the field to get him back home! The spokes were ok but the derailleur was bent and the hanger snapped right off.

I still remove them too. I like as little stuff on the bike as is necessary.

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I used to have a Third Eye Chain Watcher on my old 3x8 mountain bike. I was plagued with chain drops and chain suck and this cheap little piece of plastic fixed it!


I no longer need one on my 1x11 rig.

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I have one of a certain Lance Armstrong riding the 'Nissan Clasic' tour of Ireland in 1992 before he became famous. Not sure whether he was juiced or not then but he was up the road on his own chasing Stephen Roche.
I actually think he was relatively clean at that stage, FWIW.

When diagnosed with cancer in '96 he was introduced to EPO, which is used to keep the red blood cell count high during chemotherapy.

And we know what happened from there. A relatively modest cyclist (three Did Not Finishes and a 36th place in the Tour de France) then went on to win seven in a row.

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I think protecting the rear derailleur (and hanger) from the spokes is a primary reason for them too!

I've seen what happens if the derailleur goes into the spokes while riding and it's not pretty! It happened to a buddy of mine while we were mountain biking, miles from anywhere. We ended up shortening the chain and doing a single speed conversion in the field to get him back home! The spokes were ok but the derailleur was bent and the hanger snapped right off.

I still remove them too. I like as little stuff on the bike as is necessary.

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I used to have a Third Eye Chain Watcher on my old 3x8 mountain bike. I was plagued with chain drops and chain suck and this cheap little piece of plastic fixed it!


I no longer need one on my 1x11 rig.
I've never seen a derailleur go through the spokes - Sounds scary! I always carry a spare derailleur hanger. They seem to be deliberate weak link.
Yeah, I have a cheap little plastic one much like yours - Certainly works well.
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I actually think he was relatively clean at that stage, FWIW.

When diagnosed with cancer in '96 he was introduced to EPO, which is used to keep the red blood cell count high during chemotherapy.

And we know what happened from there. A relatively modest cyclist won seven Tours in a row.
But he still couldn't beat my friend Dave in the Leadville 100 in 2008! Although he came back and won in 2009. I think Dave surprised him that first race and he needed more dope for the next time!
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