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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.


Dec
8
suggested rejected edit on What type of tires can prevent goatheads?
Dec
7
comment Do 29 inch wheels make a difference?
Hasn't this been asked before (and more clearly)? bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/2681/2148
Nov
29
comment What type of brakes are best for mountain bike racing?
I find my (Shimano) hydraulic disc brakes less maintenance. As they wear, no need to adjust, unlike V-brakes that need to be adjusted as they wear. Newer Shimano "Servo wave" have better pad clearance, so less rubbing and better in the mud. I have some on order so can't speak from experience yet. I have no affiliations btw.
Nov
18
comment Rack (+ Pannier) for a bike with disc brakes
I haven't been on a full off-road tour with these, but I've done about 1000 km of commuting with them carrying about 10-15kg, trying them on the front and rear. They are great! I've had Old Man Mountain, and Topeak racks for disc brakes. These feel just as good. You can mount them front or rear, even to suspension fork! or if you have no mount points on rear triangle. Get the side mounts though if you're running panniers. Can't agree with @Moz here. These feel solid.
Nov
9
comment Runny nose while biking
@StephenTouset In Australia this is sometimes known as the Bushman's Blow
Nov
4
comment Runny nose while biking
Some nasty old lady verbally abused me for doing this once. She was across 4 lanes of road, there was no-one within 10m of me, I blew my nose on the footpath, she said I was 'disgusting' and people had to walk there. She was walking a dog. I wonder where that pisses? That is typical of Sydney though, radio listeners, newspaper readers, TV watchers are all trained to hate cyclists. Upvote though, because no cranky old tabloid reading, shock-jock listener is gonna stop me blowing my nose. For my own safety, I might take your tip of doing it when no-one can see me though.
Nov
4
comment SPD shoes that look like normal shoes
Upvote for unusual and DIY (although pretty serious DIY). Also these shouldn't be unusual, as I imagine SPD heels, or at least an SPD option, could be popular.
Nov
3
answered How to prevent my chain from breaking?
Oct
30
comment Building a road bike
I'd heard of Barnett's since the mechanic at my LBS went there (from Australia!), but I didn't know about the CD so thanks, I might get one. Those courses sound great but are quite an investment in time and money if you're not planning to do repairs professionally.
Oct
30
comment Building a road bike
@ananka I went searching for some YouTube videos I remembered that were good and found they have taken them off YouTube and made it a subscription service at bicycletutor.com/memberships It is $50 a year, or $5.95 a month. I just remember them when they were free so can't vouch for the value. I'm not affiliated with them btw.
Oct
29
revised Building a road bike
Added info about bike co-ops
Oct
29
revised Building a road bike
added 270 characters in body
Oct
29
answered Building a road bike
Oct
27
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Linked to instructions for various cranksets as it is not clear exactly what type of cranks he has.
Oct
27
comment My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
@DanielRHicks Thanks, I updated to try and make things clearer, but it's not certain exactly the type of crank he has.
Oct
27
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Linked to instructions for various cranksets as it is not clear exactly what type of cranks he has.
Oct
27
comment Can I convert hybrid to mountain bike. Tyres and tubes?
Schwalbe has some good info about tyre sizes and also about dimensions. One other thing to watch out for is frame and chain clearance. If your current tyres work fine (42-622 ETRTO), then be careful about going wider than 42. A 50-622 tyre may not clear the frame and chain even if it goes ok on the rim. Check how much clearance you have with your current tires, both in diameter and width before going wider. Being a hybrid it is probably not designed for very wide tyres.
Oct
26
comment Brake callipers not long enough to allow adjustment of pads
@Mac Still they recommended them for the bike they sold you, so I'd ask them at least, what they would recommend you do now, or if they can fix or replace them. This might come under "not fit for purpose", entitling you to remedy by them. I'd say it was reasonable you relied on their expertise when they recommended those brakes for the bicycle they also sold you. Anyway hopefully it doesn't have to get messy and they will help you out.
Oct
26
answered attaching seatpost acessories to rear of racks?
Oct
26
comment Brake callipers not long enough to allow adjustment of pads
@Mac I'd try and hold them to account. If they suggested them and installed them, even if you've been using them, they do have some responsibility to rectify. Safety could be something to bring up. There is the possibility of tyre damage or blowout, in which case you may be injured, possibly badly.