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I have a variety of bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a Giant TCR Advanced road, Boardman hardtail, even a Dutch granny bike (omafiets) - which I ride depending on mood, route and weather. My preference is for road riding, but I also like the velodrome and have done some infrequent offroading.

Home is the New Forest, a rural part of southern England, which offers some superb cycling. But I've also been known to work (and cycle) in London. And I do try and get away with the bike, whether it be short tours or just plonking it on the bike rack when I go on holiday.

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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answered Can I fit 3 x9 speed crankset to 3 x 8 speed cartridge
Nov
19
comment Saddles and Bent Metal Rails
I've not experienced this. When yours broke, did you "feel" anything or was it just....snap? i.e. anything you can look back at and describe as a symptom?
Nov
18
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What are the side effects of blood doping?
Nov
18
comment New Shimano m615 rear caliper fails and stops biting the rotor after 30 seconds of extreme downhill
I'm struggling to see a question in here. What is it you want to know? When the problem goes away after leaving it for a minute or two, the problem is almost certainly heat.
Nov
17
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
I didn't think your answer deserved a downvote, after all it is no worse that those answers that are pointing to Oakleys. So +1 to redress the balance. I have never heard of the make, perhaps they are more prevalent in north America than elsewhere. My own experience is that glasses sold as "safety" glasses tend to be a lot cheaper than glasses sold as "cycling" glasses. Indeed, before I needed a prescription, I would buy safety glasses and use them for cycling.
Nov
17
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
Thanks, but I'm struggling to reconcile your description of glasses being heavy, prone to falling off, and allowing dirt in my eyes. My own experience of cycling glasses doesn't bear out any of these.
Nov
16
comment Is an old mtb with replaced gear safe to buy?
To quality what @PaulH says, it's hard to give an assessment without seeing the actual bike, unfortunately. There is no silver bullet, you just have to gen up and know what to look for. There are several previous questions on here that can help you.
Nov
16
comment What are the strengths, weaknesses and/or recommendations for a BLB Mosquito Saddle?
Is this a leather saddle? The thing to remember with leather is that, just like shoes, it will mould (somewhat) to your shape during the breaking-in process. So, you should expect some short-term pain (breaking in) for some long-term gain (a well-fitting saddle). My advice would be to get the breaking in done and dusted before you go on your trip.
Nov
15
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Nov
14
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
@andy256 glasses are great - as you'd expect for the money. I particularly lke the wrap-around aspect which, to me, makes them the best glasses I have. For cycling, driving.....everything important. But I did need to get a second pair of lenses to cope for low-light conditions. I think the range of light in the UK is just too large for one set to satisfy.
Nov
14
revised Prescription Cycling Glasses
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Nov
13
comment How much light is enough for year round commuting?
Do you have any information on whether these reviews involve any kind of sponsirship from the manufacturers? That is always the thing that concerns me with reviews from cycling mags.
Nov
13
comment How much light is enough for year round commuting?
I know in the past that a guy called Nathan Hinkle, who is a keen SE user, has written some blog entries on this very site, reviewing bike lights. See the "blog" link at the bottom of the page for these. But it looks like he also registered the domain www.bikelightdatabase.com which looks to be a bit more contempora\ry
Nov
12
comment Why does my chain slip off the chainring when cruising or back pedalling?
I've also seen chains become slack when they "stick" to the chainring, e.g. when there is a bent tooth. Are you able to put the bike on a stand and look closer to find where the chain is sticking?
Nov
12
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
@MasterRoot24 if you do go back to the shop, please post something to tell us what they say.
Nov
11
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
+1, I stand corrected. I've not come across this before
Nov
11
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
Just to clarify...the left shifter is working the front derailleur, the right working the rear? I mean, that's convention. You sometimes get brakes swapped around ("British" vs "Continental" setup) but I haven't seen that with gears.
Nov
11
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
Nope, that's not normal, they should be parallel. It's a trivial problem to solve, though, just a case of rewiring the gear cables. If the bike is new, you have a good case for taking it back to the shop and asking them to do it - they'll have cables to hand and it'll only take someone half an hour. Unless maybe the shifters have been swapped around....but that would be strange and even then, the unshielded cables shouldn't cross.
Nov
7
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
@jimirings I interpreted the question as "does something exist", not "can you recommend one". Mattsolar, you could try rephrasing the question so it is more clearly worded along these lines, though I suspect the die has already been cast
Nov
6
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
Seems a reasonable question to me