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location Melbourne, Australia
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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.


Jul
7
comment What are early signs of failure in forks/stem/handlebars?
Awarded the answer for the comment "But IME the frame and fork are usually better built than the components on a bottom-of-the-range bike. There's no real corners to cut on a frame and fork, where they can shave component quality endlessly. "
Jul
7
accepted What are early signs of failure in forks/stem/handlebars?
Jul
6
revised How to measure calories burned?
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Jul
6
answered How to measure calories burned?
Jul
6
comment What makes a bike stay upright when moving?
@Kibbee I think the main difference is how quickly the corrections you make take effect. At speed, a small change in the angle of the front wheel results in the bike changing angle in a very small amount of time. However when travelling slowly, it takes a longer time to change the angle of the bike, and that is time that the bike has to exaggerate it's current lean angle
Jul
6
comment Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?
@zenbike sounds like you've got another question (and the answer) wrapped up in here. It might be worth posting it independently. You make some good points and it's worth putting out there.
Jul
6
comment Using the outer lane of an inner-city one way system - where do I ride?
+1 Riding can be relaxing and enjoyable and it's worth making efforts like that described to make it more so.
Jul
6
comment What's causing soreness in front upper thigh?
There are a lot of options preceding giving up completely! Go to a doctor or physiotherapist and get some treatment. +1 for increasing cadence. I got a lot of hip pain until I made a conscious effort to spin faster and haven't had any trouble since.
Jul
6
comment What makes a bike stay upright when moving?
+1 for the mention of a reversed steering bike. I've tried one just couldn't stay upright.
Jul
4
comment Will it be a problem to bike uphill with a rear pannier with books (~2lbs)
I did some research and found the reason for the weird behaviour. meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/97283/…;. So when I did get @Neil right, SO was removing it. Thanks.
Jul
4
comment Will it be a problem to bike uphill with a rear pannier with books (~2lbs)
I'm definitely not suggesting panniers are not appropriate. I use them a lot and find them much more comfortable than backpacks for any more than trivial loads. Just wanted to note that it can cause issues if they are loaded up too much. By the way, I can't figure out what your username is (so I can @ mention you). Do you know what it is?
Jul
3
comment Will it be a problem to bike uphill with a rear pannier with books (~2lbs)
one downside for panniers is that they increase your unsprung weight. So if you're riding on uneven surfaces you really will notice bashing through the bumps.
Jun
30
revised How much should I spend on my helmet?
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Jun
30
answered How much should I spend on my helmet?
Jun
29
comment What's a good bike for daily use in New Orleans? A flat city with lots of potholes and bad roads
+1 for a single speed. No gears means super low maintenance and much better quality in the rest of the bike for the price. That Kona has a very clever rear dropout... you can remove the back wheel without affecting the chain tension. Nice!
Jun
28
comment Metal seat post with carbon fiber frame?
@rsecca I would tend to agree that a carbon bike is not likely to be the best fit for use that involves carting a lot of gear around. Buy a more solid 'tourer' style bike for when you want to fit your paniers.
Jun
26
comment Recommendation on new $400-500 hybrid
I don't like suspension forks because their extra weight makes steering a lot less responsive. The bike feels heavier and not as manoeuvrable and a lot less fun. If you're on the road most of the time I would get solid forks.
Jun
26
answered Why am I breaking a ridiculous number of spokes?
Jun
24
comment Affordable GPS with maps?
@Piskvor - yep, I agree it's only affordable if you already have an iPhone but if you do I think it's worth considering. I have friends I ride with that keep their iPhone on the bars in the case I linked to.
Jun
21
revised Affordable GPS with maps?
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