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I'm a 70's baby. I'm a geek, in the best sense of the word.

I've progressed "up the communications stack" (think the TCP/IP stack) over the past 14 years:

  • I studied electronic engineering
  • I spent years wrestling with search engine spiders analysing web traffic before it was called Web Analytics
  • I built and tested opto-electronic circuitry in chemistry research, then integrated those circuitry with Lego Mindstorms on MIT Media Lab projects
  • I spent 5 years working in systems, network and infrastructure administration for various IT and Internet companies
  • I spent 7 years working in mobile telecommunications services building mobile Internet networks.
  • I am now working in information architecture, interaction design and human computer systems (HCI).

My favourite word is why. I'm skeptical. I like the outdoors, but live in cities.

I ride my bike, take photographs, travel as much as possible, drink good wine and eat good food, and talk too much.


Jan
3
comment How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?
@DanielRHicks But I wouldn't expect the pedals to wear out after a year of usage, approx 4000-5000Km of cycling?
Jun
28
comment What are the strengths and weaknesses of Rido saddles?
Yes I understand about the depression along the centreline. I think this is a similar approach the Rido saddles take - put the pressure somewhere else other than the...important bits. When I watched the person riding his bike with the Rido saddle, his weight did seem to be over his assbones and so saw the benefit of it.
Jun
28
comment What are the strengths and weaknesses of Rido saddles?
Nope, bike shorts are on. It's not particularly bad, but is there. My legs were used to it before, but its been years since I've biked hard, so I am hoping my legs will get a bit "harder".
Jun
28
comment What are the strengths and weaknesses of Rido saddles?
Thanks Neil, you had it pretty much right.
May
1
comment Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
@geoffc great, thanks for the help. I still have a big decision to make.
Apr
30
comment Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
Hi @geoffc thanks. Do you know if Looks are any "worse" than walking in SPDs? From memory they are ok to walk in for a few hours.
Apr
30
comment Biking with spinal disc herniation
@phw No problemo. Good luck.
Apr
30
comment Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?
@geoffc ask Daniel asked the question - are Look pedal shoes "easy" to walk in? Could you ride to work and then walk around the office/school in them for 6-7 hours? Leaving aside if they looked weird or not - I am more concerned with function at the moment. Thanks.
Apr
29
comment Biking with spinal disc herniation
I don't want to stop the discussion, but if I was in your situation I'd also make an appointment with a physio who has medical training in spinal injuries and also in cycling. While the opinions of cyclists can assist, I wouldn't want to give you advice that could be damaging - I am not a doctor! Saying that, good luck with your injury and I hope things get better for you.
Apr
29
comment Exercises to do while cycling?
Thanks for the link. I am looking through it now.
Apr
29
comment Exercises to do while cycling?
The back pain doesn't come from cycling, it's more from just stiff back and I try to stretch while cycling. Saying that, I am trying to find out if my bars are the right distance/saddle is right height.
Apr
29
comment Homemade bicycle degreaser liquids
Hmm, I must look for that odorless liquid..I wonder if we have it here :) Fairy is the UK equivalent of Palmolive.
Apr
29
comment Bicycling apps for Android
I'd also add a vote for Sports Tracker. I use it for running, and cycling. Great application and gives you good statistics on times, overall distances, lap times.
Apr
29
comment Stopping interference between LED lights and wireless Cycling Computer
It'd also be intertesting to see if the OP tried using the suggested ferrite choke. If you can't find/don't want to spend the couple of bucks to buy one, they can normally be found on some electronics equipment (like your broadband router, or a house telephone) as they are sometimes susceptible to RF interference.
Apr
29
comment Stopping interference between LED lights and wireless Cycling Computer
What cycling comp was it? What kind of LED lights were these? Also what colour lights were they? I have 2 white LED lights normally in "flashing" mode and haven't seen any interference. That's not to say they don't interfere but I'd appreciate if you had some more information. You can see my lights and where they are placed in relation to the comp here: flickr.com/photos/runningwithbulls/6978622804
Feb
5
comment How do I correctly set the angle of my drop bars
I didn't know what a brifter was (of course I knew it to see but wasn't aware of the terminology)so in case anyone else was confused check here. Brifter = gear shifter + break lever.