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I ride for fitness, enjoyment and an easier, less stressful commute.

On weekends I ride a custom (by Kennedy's Cycle Fit) road bike with Campag gear.

To commute I ride an SE Lager fixed (love the fixie!)

With the family I ride a Shogun hybrid.

I love to tinker with my bikes and won't go to a mechanic unless it's for something advanced or unfamiliar.


Aug
5
comment How to use drop handlebars properly?
@zenbike: There are two issues I have when on the drops. 1. The leverage on the brakes isn't great. Instead of a whole brake leaver (10cm?) I can only reach a couple of centimeters below the pivot point so I don't feel like I have the same control or power over braking. 2. It's hard to get a really good grip on thick hoods. I can only get 1 or two fingers around the hood and when I'm standing up pulling on the bars it doesn't feel as stable. Note that this is in comparison to bullhorn or flat bars where you've always got a good, narrow pipe and a full length of brake lever.
Aug
4
revised What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
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Aug
4
revised What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
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Aug
4
answered What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
Aug
4
comment How to use drop handlebars properly?
When I switched from a flat bar to drop bars I found that in contrast to a flat bar, where you're always in the optimal position for gear changes and braking, drop bars don't seem to have a 'perfect' position. All three positions mentioned by zenbike are compromises in terms of reaching brakes, being comfortable and having a good stable hand grip.
Aug
4
comment How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
@JKDDOW wow that's very interesting. I've wondered why sometimes my bikes are more stable when riding no hands than other times. Do you know if the bikes leaning to the left whether the wheel needs to be tilted left or right?
Aug
4
accepted How tight should a fixie's chain be?
Aug
3
comment How to center a quick release rear wheel regularly
Nobody is actually addressing the question being asked here. Is it that vital to ensure the wheel is centered? Can it really be destroyed by riding slightly off-center?
Aug
3
comment How to measure the correct belt drive tension?
This is interesting. Do you have any source/advice online to confirm it?
Aug
3
comment How tight should a fixie's chain be?
I have a tugnut so for me it's more "tighten the tugnut, and adjust the non drive side position". Thanks for the comment that anything looser than binding is equivalent. So I just need to make sure it's not binding and then find the tightness where I'm happy with the latency.
Aug
3
comment How tight should a fixie's chain be?
I don't think I ever mentioned 1 millimeter. I promise I didn't edit that out just to mess with you :)
Aug
3
accepted Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
Aug
2
comment How tight should a fixie's chain be?
I set it to 1 centimeter of movement, not 1 millimeter. So it's about right based on what you're suggesting.
Aug
2
asked How tight should a fixie's chain be?
Aug
2
revised Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
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Aug
2
comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
@Neil Fein maybe I should rephrase the question to include the part about replacing the cog fixing the problem and remove my answer. What do you think?
Aug
2
comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
@Neil Fein - Thanks for your thoughts. I agree this isn't something that you'd want to see too often. But I've also realised that even though I have the fix for the noise, I don't understand why it was noisy, which is really the core question. So there's definitely value being added by both Daniel and zenbike
Aug
2
comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
To clarify the tensioning - When I replaced the chain I adjusted the tension. There was a very noticeable adjustment required. But then when I subsequently adjusted the rear cog I didn't adjust the tug from it's setting with the new chain. I agree that I might have changed the tension marginally just be removing and refitting the wheel.
Aug
2
comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
@zenbike - yes, I agree that my answer is not necessarily the best one. I've updated the question with that note. I already do like your answer better :)
Aug
2
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