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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
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
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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
2
answered Why is my drivetrain so noisy after replacing the chain?
Aug
2
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
2
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.
Aug
2
comment Why do bikes have their drivetrains on the right?
There are commercial parts available to run left side drive. It's mostly for BMX when the rider has a preference of grinding on the right to keep the geartrain out of the way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crankset#Left-side-drive
Aug
1
comment Wired or Wireless bike computer?
This is a really good question. I have had a number of preconceived ideas challenged.
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.