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I'm a commuter mostly, about 20km a day, for the last 15 years, in all weather. Sydney weather is not too harsh though.

I've done a little cycle touring. Most recently circumnavigating Samoa in early 2011.

I did a few weeks as a bicycle courier back in the 90s whilst on holidays from my permanent job.


May
23
revised Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?
change 'oil' to 'lubrication'
May
23
answered Are there any disadvantages to running a stainless steel bike chain?
May
16
revised How to get a very tight tire back on the rim?
Introduced the video
Apr
10
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
I ended up finding a cheap $20 Jagwire cutter online in Australia. I have to say it was not worth the $20. Two things make it worthless. 1. The blade is so slim it flexes. Even though the blade comes down on the hose, it still flexes and doesn't cut straight. 2. The section to hold the hose perpendicular to the blade is too short, so it is not great for holding it perpendicular.
Mar
11
comment How to measure the correct belt drive tension?
@DanielRHicks I doubt the belt stretched, unless it is damaged. That is one of the major reasons to go with a belt. No stretch. Sounds like the iPhone App is inconsistent though, also judging by zenbike's comment to my answer.
Mar
11
comment How to measure the correct belt drive tension?
@Moab I'm curious as to whether you have a belt drive bicycle and use this method on your bicycle.
Mar
11
comment How to measure the correct belt drive tension?
@zenbike Thanks for being specific. Hopefully what has become clear from the OP and answers is that "press hard" and "1/4 to 1/2" movement" is far too vague for belt drive bicycles and that the correct belt tension is critical to safety and proper function, and the margin or tolerance of correct tension is small. Thus belt drives bicycles are nothing like chains, as a chain can tolerate quite a difference in tension. I think the use of torque wrenches is a good parallel. If you have vast amounts of experience, you may not need them. Even then, to assure customers, shops will.
Mar
11
comment How to measure the correct belt drive tension?
@zenbike Thanks for the real world experience. I don't have a belt drive so haven't used the app. I posted because I read about it when considering a belt drive.
Feb
16
answered i have an se dirt jumper with 4 sealed bearings in the rear hub, can i convert it from QR to solid axle?
Feb
15
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
@heltonbiker I'm not so sure. I tried using a couple of methods. One was to use the blocks that come with Shimano cables to try and guide the cut. That didn't give a perfect cut. I then got a cheap Jagwire cutter for $20 (I found one in Oz). That wasn't great either. The blade flexes and didn't cut perfectly perpendicular. I inserted the insert anyway and if it is not perfectly straight you'll get leaks between hose and insert. That is what happened. So I'll do it again but using a small mitre box and knife.
Jan
31
comment Can a worn drive-train be upgraded incrementally or should it be all at once?
@DanielRHicks You are right, but I was mostly just answering "I'm a little bit leery about throwing good money after bad into a used bike" (which other answers hadn't), by pointing out there could be many more maintenance costs down the track with the old bike. Hence the recommendation for someone to look at it and assess future costs.
Jan
31
comment Can a worn drive-train be upgraded incrementally or should it be all at once?
@LarryOBrien Yep, if you're not sure if you'll stick to it then maybe spend a little to get going, and 30 miles (50km), is around about where you can get away with a few worn parts. Unless you're really keen on tinkering though, even if you stick to 30 miles, you'll probably find yourself weighing up options of new vs repairing old. Although that depends highly on how serviceable the old one is. Only someone who has seen your bike can have an idea of that.
Jan
29
answered Can a worn drive-train be upgraded incrementally or should it be all at once?
Jan
13
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
I'm in Australia and none of the hydraulic cable cutters on Amazon ship to Australia, and I can't find these at the LBS.
Jan
13
comment How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
This is probably what I'll do, but I'd like a bit more info on how I can get the cut perfectly square.
Jan
12
asked How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?
Dec
26
comment Did any manufacturer ever try using more, but lighter spokes to minimize weight?
@user973810 You need two holes in the rim for each spoke (through the cross section of rim). Surely that will offset the weight of the spoke and nipple a bit (not sure how much).
Dec
15
comment Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail
Takes me back to riding a BMX in the 80s. The Comp III was the tire to have then. I don't remember the pain, but hey, we was young and that was a long time ago.
Dec
12
comment How long is it safe to store new tires before they degrade in quality?
Did you ask the manufacturer? Maybe they can give you info since they have to store tires themselves.
Dec
8
comment What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
Schwalbe Durano Plus is probably the most puncture resistant road bike tire.