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Fun small things that can bring big bike results

by Ruth Kaser for Shop News

This is a great time of year to take a look at your bicycle. Does it fit you, do you enjoy riding it? It should be serviced, so are you going to do the necessary maintenance or would you like the work done at R-D Bike Shop?

Did you have any issues, irritants when you rode-did your chain drop frequently, did you have problems downshifting or up-shifting? Some issues can be due to needed maintenance, others to design, still others the rider. 

Some riders find that while they enjoy riding their bike, they desire a simpler machine like a single speed or perhaps a bike with a high/low gear. Your multi-speed bike can be converted to a single speed or high/low gear bike by replacing your rear derailleur with a single speed chain guide.

Single Speed Chain Guide

Single Speed Chain Guide

The Single Speed Chain Guide, pictured above, is seeing renewed popularity with the resurgence of single speed bikes. This neat product mounts to your bikes frame derailleur hanger. It adjusts for perfect chain tension, and the chain line is adjustable. You can remove,(or have us remove), your rear shifter and shifter cable. If your bike has a front derailleur with two or three chain rings you end up with a single speed bike with a high/low gear or a high/medium/low gear.

 The Cog Hog, pictured below is an accessory created in the 90’s, and while rear derailleur design has changed over the years shifting problems have continued and so has its need. It was designed to eliminate problems caused by kinks, mud, rust, etc.  in your gear/shifting cables which could cause drag and problems up or downshifting. It works on either Shimano or Sram shifting systems. It can be installed during a tune-up or rear derailleur service.

 

Crud Cog Hog

Crud Cog Hog

 

A rear derailleur guard,pictured below, is commonly installed on the rear axle of a child’s multi-speed bike. This essential accessory protects the rear derailleur cage from getting bent if the bicycle is laid down on the chain side. A bent rear derailleur cage causes shifting problems and safety problems-the rear derailleur can end up in the rear wheel.

Rear Derailleur Guard

Rear Derailleur Guard

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