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Rear wheel huffy bicycle white disc that connects to the spokes is out of line. Need to re-attatch it.

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  • Hank Bruce May 11, 2010

    Is the disc plastic between the spokes and the gear?

  • Michial Gueffroy May 11, 2010

    Are you talking about a plastic disk that protects your spokes on the back wheel ?

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If you are talking about the plastic disk that attaches to your spokes, this is one of those parts that looks nice on the bike, but is not 100% necessary for safe operation of the bike. This disk is used to protect the chain from falling in-between the spokes and the gears.

If you need to reattach this, this should snap into the spokes without issue. If the clips that hold it are broken (as they often become) you can either learn to live with it, or take it to a bike shop to get the gear cassette removed and the part replaced. This is one of those cases where the tool you will need is more expensive than the part you will be replacing, so in my humble opinion, it is not worth the expense.

Hope this helps!

Posted on May 20, 2009

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