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I've been riding and fixing bikes with varying levels of success since I was knee high to a grasshopper.

These days most of my cycling is urban commuting and road riding, but I do manage to take my duallie out for a blat around the trails every once in a while.


Apr
1
comment How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?
Yep, a track pump is a floor pump. Definitely one of the best investments you can make for looking after your bike.
Dec
6
comment Rear hub-adjuster thing - What does it do?
Given that it is a single speed, it could be a chain tensioner. But as the other commenters have said, a picture would help.
Oct
29
comment What should I look for in a good pair of cycling shorts?
In Australia, Netti and their other brands (Cinetica, etc) are reasonably good value for money. I've also found the nike cycling wear to be quite good quality. But there are plenty of good brands out there.
Oct
25
comment How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands
My girlfriend had her bike serviced today and got the little spacers fitted. Apparently it has made the world of difference and she now feels much more in control on the brakes.
Oct
21
comment Good books on mountain biking
Different people learn in different ways. Some people can learn from reading a book and then practicing, whereas others learn best from visual demonstrations, or other methods. An important part of instructing people is picking up on the different learning styles of your students.
Oct
21
comment Is it possible to fit a chain guard to a bike with derailleur gears?
I have them, and I don't like them, which is why I'm keen to look at chain guards. But thanks for the answer
Oct
20
comment Switching Parts to a New Frame
Thanks. My commuter is descended from a mountain bike that I destroyed the frame on and ended up buying a second hand frame to rebuild it on.
Oct
19
comment Best cargo storage on a commuter bike
I don't think the title on the other question is as good as the title for this question. I agree that it covers similar grounds, but this question would be easier to find.
Oct
18
comment What are the features that I should seek in cycling glasses?
@Jader, the title of the question and the actual question seem somewhat different. It seems to me that the title of the question should be something more like "What are the benefits of googles over glasses for cycling?"
Oct
17
comment How do I cycle up steep rocky ground?
@Scott, that could work as well. Without seeing you trying to ride up the hill I couldn't make a judgement as to whether you were in two low a gear, and having to pedal too much and upsetting your balance, or too high a gear, and having issues with the effort and balance. The key part of my response there is "as high a gear as you can manage while still maintaining a reasonable cadence". Try different changes and see what works for you.
Oct
17
comment How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands
I spoke to the bike shop today, and this is what they have suggested. We'll see how well this works, otherwise it may be a change in shifter.
Oct
12
comment How can you recognise a quality steel frame?
Not sure what you mean by low recycling stocks, but aluminium can be recycled very easily at much less energy cost the original production. Also, aluminium is one of the most common elements in the earth's crust - we're not going to run out of it for a long, long time.
Oct
10
comment How can you recognise a quality steel frame?
I'd like to say yes you can tell by flicking the frame, but I really don't know.
Oct
7
comment What effect does changing the stem length have on my bikes handling
Are you jumping or taking drop offs? If you are finding that the nose of the bike is dropping when you ride off a drop off, it could be more of a technique issue.
Oct
7
comment Can I ride home with a broken spoke?
No problems. If it's a road bike you can usually try flicking up the little lever on the brake caliper that makes taking the tyre out a bit easier. This gives the brakes more clearance and can avoid the drag. Just make sure you check that you can still lock up the brakes with the amount of movement you have left in the lever.
Oct
6
comment Mountain Bike on Paved Roads
Great call on the fenders. One of the most worthwhile additions to an urban commuting bike.
Oct
6
comment How to store bikes inside a house or unit with limited internal space?
This sounds like a reasonable solution, but I think the bikes may project into the room space a bit much, and I don't really want to be drilling holes in my wall. This storage is for the "pretty" bikes in my collection (the road bikes), not the rough and tumble commuting bikes (which live out the back ready for instant action)
Oct
6
comment How to store bikes inside a house or unit with limited internal space?
I like the look of that stand, I think that could be pretty close to what we want.
Oct
6
comment Off road lights
Two things. First, you should edit the spelling mistake and change it to "head torch", not "head touch". Second, I heartily second the idea that having a combination of head torch and handlebar lights is a really good idea. The head torch allows you to see round corners on twisty trails but provides no depth perception as you cannot see the shadows cast by rocks. The handlebar lights provide the depth perception, but are limited for going around corners.
Oct
6
comment How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands
This may end up being the solution we need to go for, but I'm keen to see what other options there are. This would be a fairly expensive modification to the bike.