Sorry for the ignorant question. I searched a bit hear about which bashgaurds people prefer and how they set them up. My stupid question of the day is why use one at all. I did not shift a single time to my big ring up front last riding season. For the obvious benefits, I removed the big ring and shortened my chain. I left my derailer where it is (I have a 5-spot FWIW) and adjusted my set limit screw to prevent the chain from jumping off the middle ring. My question is this. If I did not need a guard when running the big ring, why would I need one when going with just the granny and middle? I have more clearance now, not less. Yet I know very few people (actually none) running bashgaurds with their big ring. Yet everyone I know running 2 rings up front, also use some sort of bashgaurd/ring protector. Am I missing something. I am not looking for weight loss--but my big ring weighs 80g and most bashgaurds are more than that (with a couple 80g+/- exceptions.) Anyway, sorry for the long post. Just looking for some clarification and I am betting the answer is a simple one. Thanks.