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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.


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revised How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
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Aug
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revised Do mudguards/fenders help? If so, what are the best for a fixie commuter?
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Aug
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accepted What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?
Aug
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accepted What's the best way for a beginner cyclist to carry children?
Aug
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comment What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?
@Brian - I still think this is good technique regardless of your height, strength or weight of the bike. It is a controlled lift and there is very little chance of the bike slipping, falling or running off track. Plus there's less chance of injury while lifting. I'm 6'3 and my commuter only weighs about 11kg but I still find it helpful.
Aug
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awarded  Self-Learner
Aug
9
answered What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?
Aug
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asked What's the best way to lift a bike onto a storage hook?
Aug
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comment Real measurable benefit to ceramic bearings?
Can you expand on the "insignificant difference"? Maybe there are no more details to add, but could you detect any change in the riding/coasting/noise etc experience?
Aug
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asked What's the best way for a beginner cyclist to carry children?
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awarded  Enthusiast
Aug
5
revised What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
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Aug
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revised Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
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Aug
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comment Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
+1 for mentioning interrupter levers. I think they're a great option and am surprised they're not on more bikes. A huge safety feature considering how many people I see riding on the flats and having to scramble for the levers when someone in front of them brakes
Aug
5
suggested suggested edit on Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?
Aug
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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
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revised What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
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Aug
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revised What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
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Aug
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answered What belt-drive compatible frame and belt-drive kit would you recommend?
Aug
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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.