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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
1
answered Wired or Wireless bike computer?
Aug
1
comment How do I select a rear deraileur for my mountain bike?
I've tried replacing derailleurs and cassettes and had 'mystery' incompatabilities that even my LBS couldn't explain. I'd suggest getting your LBS to advise and fit because that way they absorb the risk that the parts won't be compatible. Otherwise you might be stuck with a derailleur that is no use at all.
Aug
1
comment Wired or Wireless bike computer?
@Brian Knoblauch I think you need to replace one of the 'wired' with 'wireless'. I suspect the first one!
Jul
30
answered How can I get rid of I.T. Band pain caused by cycling?
Jul
27
comment Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt
+1 for mentioning electronic shifters
Jul
26
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
26
answered Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
Jul
25
awarded  Critic
Jul
25
comment Why ride a single-speed bike?
@Apreche - Why are you profiling fixed/single riders? I am all about functionality over style and ride a fixie. Just because that would be your motivation (and is quite possibly the motivation for others) don't assume that it's the case for everyone.
Jul
25
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
I ride fixed and it's got nothing to do with being trendy. So maybe that's a factor to some people but it's most certainly not a major factor.
Jul
22
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@ChrisW - Thanks for the info about the lube... that makes sense. The gear case does look like it would protect the chain. I wonder if fenders would be similarly effective (plus they would keep me and anyone following me drier)
Jul
21
accepted How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
Jul
21
accepted Is it really going to damage a bike to wash it with a hose?
Jul
21
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
@Soo Wei Tan - 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner is a myth. It's physically impossible to combine shampoo and conditioner, since shampoo is (very slightly) acidic and conditioner is pH 3.5 (more acidic).
Jul
21
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
I'm not doubting you, Chris. It just seems counterintuitive.
Jul
21
accepted What is the impact of changing to a smaller chainring?
Jul
21
comment What is the impact of changing to a smaller chainring?
Thanks heaps for the suggestion. I didn't mark this as the answer simply because it's not quite answering the question. Still a great idea and I appreciate it. Your answers are always high quality and it's always difficult to not mark them as the 'right' answer.
Jul
21
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
I can't believe I'm too zealous with my cleaning! I'll try your suggestions and keep a better log to see how I progress.
Jul
21
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
Interesting comment about the chain gauge. I'm very gentle with it and it's a single piece of pretty strong metal so I doubt it's been damaged, but I'll check it out.
Jul
21
comment How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?
+1 for fenders. I've been meaning to get a set. Interesting comment about the lube having a cleanser. I find that hard to believe though. How can it degrease and grease simultaneously?