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Is there a workshop / bike mechanic local to you can take it to?

And / or a rough idea of your location as maybe somebody nearby can help in person.
 

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im in liverpool/ skelmersdale , there is as good bloke in ormskirk that ive used for a few jobs , but im kind of wanting to learn how to do it myself. maybe this one is beyond me though for the time being

just a bit annoying having to take it somewhere for such a minor thing hence wanting to learn .
 

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you mean heat up the plastic?

ok so i bought another plastic guard and that also rubs so it seems i have bent the bracket somehow. i have a few options

  • heat the plastic to a new shape
  • bend the metal bracket
  • chop a bit of the plastic away so it doesnt rub anymore
- my preference is to bend the bracket. i cant get an adjustable on away that i can force it because of its profile. can anyone confirm if this steel or alumimium? dont know if i can just whack it or not

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yes, heat up the plastic and bend to need ( keep holding to new position until it cools again or strap it to its new position using a tape until cold) - A magnet will do the job but if you go on a bumpy road, the magnet will stop being effective and will detach ...
 

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yes, heat up the plastic and bend to need ( keep holding to new position until it cools again or strap it to its new position using a tape until cold) - A magnet will do the job but if you go on a bumpy road, the magnet will stop being effective and will detach ...
hi grbeiz, i think you minsunderstood. the magnet was just to check if the bracket holding the chain guard is steel or aluminium. i wanted to know if if it was aluminium or not to determine how sensitive i had to be with it incase it buckled/snapped
 

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This shows how easy it is to bend a bracket (and this is just lightly tacked)

Put some cloth on the bracket to protect the paint.


Literally a minute or two job unless you need to take the rear wheel out for better access.
 

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Did you notice the curve in the bracket away from the chain? Or the fact that the paint at the base of the bracket has lifted away? Both consistent with a bent bracket. I've bent mine back by hand at least once after a similar incident.
 

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Did you notice the curve in the bracket away from the chain? Or the fact that the paint at the base of the bracket has lifted away? Both consistent with a bent bracket. I've bent mine back by hand at least once after a similar incident.
hi jackflash

(still havnt got round to doing this job..) just riding without a chain guard atm

it doesnt look like the bracket is curving away from the chain. its hard to percieve a bend by eye but the paint is lifted at the base of the bracket so im thinking its likely its moved a few mm

sounds like it takes very little force to bend
 

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It's a fairly light bracket and should bend easily. That means it should bend back into place without breaking too.

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And any paint that has flaked from the bracket just wire brush/sand away, degrease and touch up with Hammerite.
 

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well the saga is concluded. managed to get it back into line at the weekend, and the guard is back on with no issue. need to hammerite before winter :)

thanks for the help all
 
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