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    Do you run a bash guard?

    I just finished up my ss conversion I'm just waiting for some new grips to come in and to clean it up before posting pictures but I was wondering how many of you ran bashguards on your singlespeeds. I have always run one while I had the bike geared and I currently have it setup without one. I like the way it looks I just wondered what the pro's and con's to running one on a single speed setup would be.

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    Pros/cons would be the same regardless of gear set up. I don't run one, because I rarely ever scrape. (can't remember the last time I hit my chainring) but then again, I'm not as hard core as some of you.

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    I do. I scrap all the time with these stupid rocks, the BBG I have bends pretty easy though (aluminum) I did get it bent back enough to not hit my chainring but if it bends again it goes.
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    I do simply because my new Truvativ crankset came with it on and I didn't feel like getting singlespeed chainring bolts to remove and replace it. What's the weight savings on something like that anyways...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47
    I do simply because my new Truvativ crankset came with it on and I didn't feel like getting singlespeed chainring bolts to remove and replace it. What's the weight savings on something like that anyways...?
    AK! No caring about weight!

    I don't run a bash because I suck enough that I don't warrant one. Though, truth be told, I went on a ride a little while back where a guy bent his chainring going over a log I also went over. I might consider one if ISAR makes a 110bcd bashguard(subtle hint).

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    I do.

    It's really protect my legs and the chainring or any of my body parts since sometime I have to push or even lift the bike and I don't want get hurt by any pointy parts of my bike.

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    I don't use a bashguard because I've found that having one fitted only encourages all sorts of crap to collect between it and the sprocket, especially in wet conditions (75% of the year then...). I find that the chain does a pretty good job for sprocket (and leg) protection, and with a 32 tooth sprocket you've already got a lot of clearance anyway.
    If I rode somewhere that was predominately dry and rocky then I might consider using one but where I live the riding is full of peat bogs, moorland and rooty forest singletrack.
    I use a Middleburn Uno , so I couldn't fit one anyway....
    I do use one on a geared bike that I have in Greece, but there it is plenty rocky and as I'm using a 2x9 set-up, when I'm in the granny the larger chainring is more vulnerable than on a singlespeed .

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    I run one, as do most of the DirtBrothers. It makes sense from a chainring/chain protection standpoint and can help prevent getting stuck on obstacles, depending on design.

    My setup is dinglespeed (can I still be in your club!?) so that I have a road gear for the 10 miles to and from the trails, and the perfect trail gear as well. For me, the bashguard (BBG 34t) protects the somewhat fragile, easily-bent Surly stainless rings I use. In the trail gear, the 34t "road gear" is exposed and would bend if I used it to grind over logs/rocks/other riders.

    Yes, stuff collects between the bashguard and the ring, and between the two rings I run, but it's worth the tradeoff for me.

    If I only ran one ring and cog (and it was something like an ISAR HBC Ti ring), I'd very likely ditch the bashguard and see how I liked it.

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    Bash guards are good for people in rocky regions IMO I like the extra little omph that digging my chainring into downed trees does for me to carry my momentum over the top.

    Seriously though, I rarely ever hit my chainring on anything and if I did its on "soft" objects (like trees) that dont threaten to chip/ bend teeth or whatever bash guards protect from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akpirate
    Bash guards are good for people in rocky regions IMO I like the extra little omph that digging my chainring into downed trees does for me to carry my momentum over the top.
    Only problem is with a SS you can't dig your chainring into logs because there's a chain on it!

    As others have said, if you routinely bash your ring into things, a bashguard is a good idea. If not then it's just extra weight to carry around.

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    No bashguard here....but also no rocks either, never had a problem going over downed trees and such.

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    my bike came with one. i don't see any point in taking it off.

    if you bend your guard, you can always rotate it because 99% of the time when you hit it, it will be under your natural "forward foot" position. for example, my stance is right foot forward. if i bend one side of my 4-bolt guard, i can rotate it 90 degrees and have a fresh side to be bashed.

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    I run one - but that's because I ran out of SS chainring bolts and haven't gotten replacements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    AK! No caring about weight!

    I don't run a bash because I suck enough that I don't warrant one. Though, truth be told, I went on a ride a little while back where a guy bent his chainring going over a log I also went over. I might consider one if ISAR makes a 110bcd bashguard(subtle hint).
    +2 for a 110bcd bashguard (anodized purple please)

    With my FS I like to make an attempt to get over a log before I lift the bike over. Since I'm still working on my bunnyhop this is quite often a bash onto the bashguard. Now that I'm building my 1st SS I want to put on a bashguard so I can keep up the bashing. Lots of bashing going on here.

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    Yep, I run one, I just always have. I'm pretty sure I don't need it on my ss but there it is anyway.

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    I run one only becuase it came on my cranks. I have only hit it once on something and even then it wasn't that bad. But I just put a new chain on and its too wide that it hits the bash guard and try's to climb it. How did I find this out? By going over the bars going up hill. I was mashing on it pretty hard and it threw the chain and sent me over the bars instantly. I am taking it off as soon as I get new shorter screws for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R
    I do use one on a geared bike that I have in Greece
    Between the Isle of Man and Greece, I am very jealous of your existence. Used to live in Athens, back in the day.

    +1 to wet conditions making bashguards trash collectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    +1 to wet conditions making bashguards trash collectors.
    I'm with ya, but don't necessarily see it as a detriment. Brush the chunks off & carry on.

    Love my Salsa Tooth Fairy in the chunky Northeast.

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    no. aesthetics, and i don't bash my chainring very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Between the Isle of Man and Greece, I am very jealous of your existence. Used to live in Athens, back in the day
    Don't get too jealous, man - yes, we do spend about a third of the year in Greece but I wish that I'd been able to do it twenty tears ago, rather than when I'm staring 60 in the face...
    And the Isle of Man - well, I was just born here.

    We always fly in to Athens and try to spend a couple of days there at the beginning and end of each trip. The price of a Mythos in Athens is a shock to the system though , compared to in our village (Platsa, about 60kms south of Kalamata).

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    I run a wipperman grinding chain..no need for a bash gaurd.. I run profile racing crank and sprocket so i need a 1/8 chain.. Its heavy but works.. cuts logs in half and shows rocks who is boss.. people look at it and say nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny
    Only problem is with a SS you can't dig your chainring into logs because there's a chain on it!

    As others have said, if you routinely bash your ring into things, a bashguard is a good idea. If not then it's just extra weight to carry around.

    Mark
    If you run a 1/8 set up get a wipperman bmx grinding chain.. you dont have to worry about your chain

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    Yes but it's probably coming off this weekend!

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    yes, and its saved my chain quite a few times, some people will worry about weight, or not looking right, but if you ride in a area w/ no rock or logs, then you wont need one.

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    Yeas I did last season, because it came on the crankset.

    This year I am going to run a converted Noir 3.3 crankset, but I won't have a guard. I just need to figure our which singlespeed bolts to get, or spacers...

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