What is protecting the bike star? A huge number of Russian cyclists are urban residents. If you come to the village, you can hardly see anything newer than the old “Ural”, with a fork and a hoe attached to its frame. All cycling “color” is concentrated in large cities. Infrastructure in the form of bicycle lanes is almost never created.
And cyclists have to “jump” over the sidewalk, with the risk of putting an “eight” on the front wheel, or getting damaged by a big front star of a bicycle. Therefore, the question of what kind of protection a star is – this is a problem not only for hitting a log but also for city skating.
What is the protection of the star?
The simplest and cheapest type of protection on an asterisk and chain protection is a combined protective shield. It can be made of both plastic and aluminum.
It is designed both to protect the star of a bicycle from strikes against stones, tree trunks, and to protect the chain, and therefore, the leg from periodic “strong friendship.”
The simplest option, which is unable to protect the teeth of an asterisk, and is intended only to protect the clothing of the cyclist.
The figure below is a more serious, all-metal aluminum protection that can protect the chain, if not from shocks, so from getting into and sticking small sticks, branches, etc. into it.
But such linings are appropriate only with a calm, “ladies” style of riding. Can be installed by the manufacturer on the city bikes.
In order to protect a star on a bike with an aggressive riding style on a downhill car or on a mountain bike, on a freeride bike, which seems to be designed to find problems under the wheels, there is separate protection in the form of a ring, called rocking (rocking).
Rocking it out meaning
Since the rocking should be durable and lightweight, it is made from Lexan (especially impact-resistant, non-gluing plastic) or from aluminum.
In addition to the bumper function, rocking reduces the likelihood of a chain falling off from a leading star, works as a “pacifier”.
Depending on the number of attachment points, rocking are designed for 3, 4, and 5 attachment points. The most common 4-point. Rocking can be mounted on a star or to the rods.
How to choose a rocking?
In order not to be mistaken, you should pay attention to the marking under which star size and number of teeth it is calculated (for example, 42/44 teeth), and also choose the method of attachment. If you had to choose a rocking with the amount to a star for 3 points, and you have a star for 5 points, you will have to either change the product or drill out the seats.
In my opinion, 5-point roaring longer serves. If a piece has broken off from it, and then you can move it by an angle, fix it with a whole edge downwards. So you can do as much as 5 times.
In pursuit of a lightweight: the choice of “banana”
As you can see, the “banana” is not a whole ring to protect the front star, but only its lower sector, about a quarter of the ring. Its advantage is less weight, and the disadvantage is that they are often mounted on a special damper, and only some models are mounted on a carriage. He is also not as tenacious as a rocking.
Do you need protection for a star?
If you have a little distance, and you are thrown into the undergrowth with snags, where you can “cut off”, feel free to put a rocking. If you like, gently slowing down, quietly get off the bike, transfer it through any knoll and again go quietly behind the pension, you can save from 300 to 1500 rubles!
There is also an option to put the rocking not on a big bike star, but instead. The advantage is weight savings, increased ground clearance, the ability to purchase an inexpensive part. A minus – the loss of fast gear, reconfigure the front switch. This method is worth considering if you have the desire to frolic in rough terrain, but you rarely use a big star.