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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.


Oct
24
comment Disc Brakes: Resurface your Pads?
Can you change hydrolic to hydraulic? I can't because only two characters, and my edits require six.
Oct
24
answered Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?
Oct
24
revised What should I look for when buying tubes?
Added a bit about michelin and schwalbe marketing.
Oct
24
revised What should I look for when buying tubes?
Added a bit about why the BBBs weren't good.
Oct
24
answered What should I look for when buying tubes?
Oct
21
revised When should I not use my front brake?
added 117 characters in body
Oct
21
answered When should I not use my front brake?
Oct
21
comment When should I not use my front brake?
In NSW, Australia, to get a motorcycle license you have to do a course. They tell you that for an emergency stop you should brake in a straight line and 70% on the front and 30% on the rear brake. You have to do an emergency stop as part of the test to get your license. Depending on the brakes on your bike, it is easy to fail the test if you're not hard enough on the front brake. You would fail if you only used the rear. You have to do slow manouvering as part of the test in which case you can use only the rear. They do say though that only use the front brake in a straight line.
Oct
20
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
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Oct
20
comment My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
If you add the make and model of your crank to your question it will be easier to answer.
Oct
20
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Added procedure from Big Blue Book of Cycle Repair
Oct
20
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Added some torque settings
Oct
20
revised How to get the tyre back on to the rim easily?
small clarification
Oct
18
comment What's the longer-valve, metal-ring inner tube style called?
@Kev also check the info about valve tear off on the page linked to in the answer, to help you with going through less tubes. Some tips are to not tighten the rim nut too much, use the correct pressure (not too low) etc. Also, I find pumps that attach via a hose rather than directly can be easier on the valve, like these or almost all Lezyne pumps attach via a hose, or an el-cheapo pump with a hose (like most pumps used to be).
Oct
18
comment Night cycling: Is it worth using electroluminescent wire?
The links to stuff on Amazon are broken
Oct
18
comment How to objectively evaluate torque wrenches?
Automotive wrenches will typically have larger torques. They will be unsuitable for some of the smaller torques on a bicycle. You will also need to fit hex tools to the wrench driver and some special tools like an external bottom bracket bearing tool, so bear the fitting in mind as well.
Oct
18
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Added story about square taper
Oct
17
revised My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
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Oct
17
answered My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?
Oct
17
comment How often should disk brakes need bleeding?
What make and model hydraulics disk brakes do you have? I have Shimano LX (before SLX), commuting for 3 years at about 5000km a year, and ok, I should have serviced them by now as a precaution, but they still feel fine to me. I also asked my LBS about a year ago and they said they feel fine too (they're a good shop). I've been through about a half dozen sets of pads in that time. Although I might try bleeding them now you've reminded me ;-)