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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
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
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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
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revised Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
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Aug
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comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
@Daniel R Hicks - I think they're both 1/8". The cog has 1/8" printed on it (see pic) and the chain is also 1/8. Why do you say the chain is 1/4" and the cog is 3/16?
Aug
2
comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
What is hooking? I've seen examples of the 'shark fin' wear pattern but haven't seen hooking.
Aug
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answered Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
Aug
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comment Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
Haha. I was using the blue one for a while but my LBS stopped stocking them, so now I use yellow. It's certainly bright :)
Aug
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asked Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
Aug
2
comment How do I select a rear deraileur for my mountain bike?
@zenbike okay I'll put something together.