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    Red plastic thing- Front Derailleur

    What is the red thing on this front derailleur?




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    That just holds the derailleur in position for aligning on the bike. You'll see there is also a plastic tab with the outline of chainring cogs on it. So what you do is put the derailleur on the frame, and line up that tab with your big chainring. Once you have it installed and lined up you can remove those pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldskoolbiker
    That just holds the derailleur in position for aligning on the bike. You'll see there is also a plastic tab with the outline of chainring cogs on it. So what you do is put the derailleur on the frame, and line up that tab with your big chainring. Once you have it installed and lined up you can remove those pieces.
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    WOW. did i get screwed then?? Mine was light blue.
    I wish I had gotten a red one because all my other bits on the bike are red.
    It's under a year old...do you think I can return it and get one w/ a red plastic thing?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    It's under a year old...do you think I can return it and get one w/ a red plastic thing?
    no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    no.
    aaahhh...I see where you're goin'!
    I should swap the red bits for blue ones...Nice call!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    aaahhh...I see where you're goin'!
    I should swap the red bits for blue ones...Nice call!!
    You catch on quick.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj
    You catch on quick.
    what can I say...I drink better when I'm thunk
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I wonder if they make those tabs in titanium or carbon fiber..

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    I drilled holes in mine to make it lighter and faster - SPEED HOLES!!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2005
    What is the red thing on this front derailleur?



    The directions that the derailleur is sitting on explain it all...
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