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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 Are the Shimano BR650 brakes really Ultegra spec?
Actually, I rode on them today and they had plenty of stopping power, even in the wet. So maybe I was a little harsh earlier. I've also tried a set of Miche brake calipers and they had reach in between the standard and long reach Shimano brakes. They were pretty good.
Jul
6
comment Are the Shimano BR650 brakes really Ultegra spec?
I installed one of these yesterday! I'm not impressed... they're very spongy :( Definitely not as good as the 105s they replace, but at least I can align the pads properly.
Jul
3
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
My lenses are not polarised. I've ridden in all conditions from complete darkness to a bright sunny day and haven't had any problems.
Apr
17
comment Are there sirens/horns that are like a car horn?
I was chatting to a guy with the hornit. He loves it and it was the loudest bike horn I've heard.
Mar
25
comment Fitting a bottle cage
@constpetrov you should make your comment an answer
Mar
3
comment How long do Garmin's cycling GPS devices take to get an initial GPS lock?
That's interesting. I updated your post with a citation on the 510 using GLONASS.
Mar
2
comment How long do Garmin's cycling GPS devices take to get an initial GPS lock?
@Kibbee It depends where you are. At my house it's almost instant. At work though in the city it can take up to 10 minutes.
Feb
25
comment Shimano Ultegra vs Shimano Sora
Replacement parts for Ultegra are a lot more expensive
Feb
4
comment Mini Pumps For Roadbike (120 psi)?
+1 for both co2 and a pump. CO2 on it's own is no good because if you get a few flats you're out of luck. But CO2 is really the only way I've found to get up to full pressure while on the road.
Jan
20
comment Can I put standard drop brakes on a MASI drop handlebar?
@Batman my motivation is that I have a set of these handlebars for free! Wanting to minimize my costs.
Nov
9
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Marked this as accepted as the info on Wikipedia has led me to what has been the most successful solution.
Oct
24
comment How can I get rid of I.T. Band pain caused by cycling?
@BenediktBauer Agreed. However, it's a low impact surgery and it's solved all my problems, so I think it's worth mentioning.
Oct
24
comment How can I prolong the life of my bottom bracket bearings?
@DanielRHicks Yep, I'm getting a bit sceptical. Might need to invest in some bearings myself and start doing my own inspection and replacement.
Oct
23
comment How can I prolong the life of my bottom bracket bearings?
@DanielRHicks I edited the question with some information.
Oct
23
comment How can I prolong the life of my bottom bracket bearings?
I've generally had the bearings replaced at the shop, so I'm not sure whether they're rusted. I figure they're replacing seals properly. I might drill drain hole, even though I store it under cover.
Sep
13
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
Hey, nice citation! I'm going to edit your answer to add an interesting tidbit about ephemiris data.
Sep
10
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
I was using an iPhone but the big downsides are: limited battery life, I broke one when it fell off my handlebars into a river (in a biologic case), and the inconvenience of having to start it, put it in my backpack, ride, stop, open my backpack to stop etc
Sep
10
comment Should I wait for clear views of the sky before turning on my Garmin Edge GPS?
My unit doesn't show how many satellites it can see... there's pretty much no progress indicator which is part of the reason it's frustrating me.
Sep
2
comment Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?
Can you add some photos so we can see if you derailleur hangers and vertical/horizontal dropouts? Mostly photos around the rear axle would be really helpful.
Aug
19
comment Wrong bike gear
@JamesBradbury Where else does one get information about bike maintenance?