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widge34widge34 Posts: 900
edited January 2012 in MTB buying advice
Bike is going to single ring 34t upfront with chain device. Would you add a bash guard?
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  • DodgeTDodgeT Posts: 2,255
    Saves your legs n laces and you'll snag less on logs etc. I think it looks better than just a small'ish ring showing too.
  • 1mancity21mancity2 Posts: 2,355
    Defo, as DodgeT says it will stop the ring catching stones, logs etc and also the ring cutting your leg to ribbons.
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  • bambabamba Posts: 856
    Try to find some nasty injuries sustained from chainrings, Then decided

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&tb ... 80&bih=653

    there was a really bad one which i think a saw on here a while back that cant find atm
  • widge34widge34 Posts: 900
    But on a single ring up front, the chain would be covering teeth at all time and top and bottom of ring will be covered by chain device.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Bashguard makes you look tough and pro. You know you want one.
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  • DodgeTDodgeT Posts: 2,255
    widge34 wrote:
    But on a single ring up front, the chain would be covering teeth at all time and top and bottom of ring will be covered by chain device.

    Fair point, bit you'll still strike the chain on rocks etc, get yer laces tangled up and nice oily marks on yer like :)
    Depends I suppose if your a weight weenie?
  • I had a bash on the edison with the SLX double. When I took it off it was like new. Had never seen any action at all (which of course is down to my legendary mad skillz). Although I know it saved me from injury a few times.

    I'm now changing to XT 10sp double, with a bigger big ring (40-28). Going to be using a bionicon c-guide v.02 chain retention thingy, but I'm pretty sure I can't use a bash anymore. So I'm going to have to say goodbye to my calves.
  • milko9000milko9000 Posts: 533
    bamba wrote:
    Try to find some nasty injuries sustained from chainrings, Then decided

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&tb ... 80&bih=653

    there was a really bad one which i think a saw on here a while back that cant find atm

    Might've been mine I guess - https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_ ... directlink - 9 stitches in my calf, left a pretty good scar. I have a bashguard these days (and also would be unlikely to make the mistake in quite the same way).
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    no need for a bashguard IME with a 34T chainring and e*thirteen LS/LG1

    would only fit a bashguard on a double
  • bambabamba Posts: 856
    milko9000 wrote:
    bamba wrote:
    Try to find some nasty injuries sustained from chainrings, Then decided

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&tb ... 80&bih=653

    there was a really bad one which i think a saw on here a while back that cant find atm

    Might've been mine I guess - https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_ ... directlink - 9 stitches in my calf, left a pretty good scar. I have a bashguard these days (and also would be unlikely to make the mistake in quite the same way).

    no, it was far bigger than that, had about quarter imprint / tear across a leg, you probably could have worked out the number of teeth from the picture, interesting on to the forehead on the Google search
  • GhosttGhostt Posts: 192
    I'd say yes, mine has saved my leg a couple of times. The first ride after fitting it I had an imprint of bash ring across my right calf after losing it, wouldn't like to think what the outer chainring would have done!

    As has been said though, if you're running a single ring, shouldn't be a need as there won't be any exposed teeth. Could only be a problem if the chain gets thrown off the chainring, can't see it happening enough to warrant a bash though.
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  • widge34widge34 Posts: 900
    Well I've put the bashguard on looks and fits fine with the Superstar laser chain device. Decided to put it on just as protection for chain and ring rather than for me. Only thing is the ring I have is a great looking Renthal ring. Shame to cover it up.
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    Widge.

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    Trek Madone 3.5c H2 2013
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