What is that bit called and what does it do?

Bike attachment help needed!

9 messages
08/04/2012 at 16:48

Good evening,

I have a bike, a good start.  The other day attached to the bike came loose and stopped the chain moving. I will describe it below

Below the front derailleur attachment on the seat tube there is a plastic horn shaped attachement.  It would pass very close to the chain either above or below.  I have tried google and bike books but as yet I can't find a reference to it.  It is a specialized allez comp.  It mus have come loose and then caught on the chain but why is it there?  Maybe it's a chain catcher to stop the chain falling onto the bottom bracket if it came off.  I will upload a pic if no one has a clue what i'm on about!

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
08/04/2012 at 17:34

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-BQgRgbosOYc/TXgovU1gxcI/AAAAAAAACUE/qbx0DcMaD00/spring4.JPG

One of them ?

No idea

08/04/2012 at 17:41
That's the bit!  I think i'll take it off...
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
08/04/2012 at 17:45
You were right, It's a chain catcher
kittenkat    pirate
08/04/2012 at 17:47
It's not the clamp that actually holds the derailleur on is it?
kittenkat    pirate
08/04/2012 at 17:48
No, you would have noticed if it was of course
08/04/2012 at 18:41
I'll take it off - not all have it and it looks like it could be a pain if it keeps slipping. Weighs about 10g too...
08/04/2012 at 18:57
Is that the bit Andy Schleck took off to save weight in the mountains and it cost him the TDF last year?

Must have a look to see if my bike has one!
08/04/2012 at 19:16
It will be just next to your stabilisers Glad

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