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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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I have a few bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, also an omafiets (Dutch granny bike) - which I ride depending on mood, purpose and weather. My preference is for road riding, but I also enjoy the velodrome and infrequent offroading.

Home is the New Forest, a rural part of southern England with superb cycling. I've also worked and commuted in London. I've done some short tours, and generally tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away.

I started out riding several years ago to lose weight (successfully), these days its mainly for fitness and enjoyment. I've been maintaining my own bikes (mostly) for years, and recently got a bike mechanic qualification. I'm also a motorist.


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comment looking for an inexpensive steel hardtail frame or singlespeed
Nah, the thinking goes that anything that gets recommended now will go out of date quite quickly and so will be of no long-term benefit for the quality of the site. It's contentious but it just seems accepted nowadays that questions looking for products are off-topic.
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comment looking for an inexpensive steel hardtail frame or singlespeed
Sorry, voting to close. This question is looking for a product rec and as such is considered off-topic for this site.
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comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
@Blam a Trek Madone frame is made of 7 pieces, which are moulded individually then glued together. However it is far too simplistic to think of these pieces as "tubes" in the steel sense. So it depends what you mean by "good" I suppose - I suspect there are several different manufacturing techniques going on, there's some really interesting stuff on the web about this, the Op should probably google this if he's sufficiently interested to ask questions on here.
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comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
I'd be as concerned as much about the stress on the carbon joints (I think they are bonded by epoxy resin) as the tubes themselves.
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answered How to align a chain on a single speed
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comment Unlock cleat from clipless pedal
On the bright side at least you didn't have your foot in the shoe at the time
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comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
Yeah. The other thing, putting aside the "difficult to service" comment, is that the actual problem right now is just some worn pads. In itself, that problem is easy to sort - swapping pads should only take a couple of minutes.
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comment Xt disc brakes problem
Take the bike to a shop
Jan
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comment Xt disc brakes problem
for starters, try bleeding them. Get yourself a kit and have a look on YouTube.
Jan
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reviewed Approve Brake pads and removing the wheels
Jan
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comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
Thanks @Claus. Actually it was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rolr6fsZJtk, but YouTube is littered with them. It was mainly to try and give some ideas over and above the ubiquitous gels and bars
Jan
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comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
This vid might be helpful - The Musette - What Do Pro Cyclists Eat?. It has all the usual bars and gels, but also interesting "fresh" concoctions that are prepared each day from "real" ingredients. I think it would be useful to plan some proper meal stops, though, if you are able.
Jan
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comment Garmin edge 510
Going from memory I think Garmin say that the sensor needs to be within 5mm of the magnet. That sort of ballpark anyway. But it would be strange for the device to drop both speed and cadence data - normally if you knock the sensor it will end up further away from one magnet (so you lose that data) but closer to the other magnet (so you still get that data). Battery life should be in the order of a year.
Jan
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comment Garmin edge 510
Yeah, the manual for this device steps through how to pair them, what you should see on the sensor re LEDs etc. How much of that have you tried and what were the results? It would be strange indeed if, having paid a lot of money for the device, you hadn't read the User Manual along the way.
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revised Which CARRERA model is this one?
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answered Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?
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comment What does chain worn indicators 75% mean?
There's a couple of vids on YouTube which should help enlighten you as regards this tool. Try Googlong "how to use a chain wear indicator"
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comment My back brakes don't lock the wheel (skid): feature or a bug?
is the bike brand new, or just new to you? Any possibility that parts could be worn?