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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, 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, also tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away. Doing this, I've cycled quite a bit of western Europe.

I started out riding several years ago to lose weight, these days its to maintain fitness and for fun. I've been maintaining my own bikes (mostly) for years, and recently got a bike mechanic qualification. I'm also a motorist. In real life my background is computer software, I run my own company which is pretty much a part-time gig these days.


Apr
27
comment Cuyuna Lakes, MN Camping?
have you tried posting on TripAdvisor? Just strikes me that you might have more luck on a location-oriented site rather than somewhere that's primarily cycling-oriented
Apr
23
comment Is Ultegra 9 speed compatible with Sora 9 speed?
Yes, as long as you stay with Shimano, and are consistent with the 9-speed side of things, everything will be compatible - you're just dealing with different quality levels up and down the range. Don't be surprised though if swapping from Ultegra to Sora makes the bike feel not-so-good, as you're dropping from 2nd-best in the range to 5th-best in the range. Of course you counter this with the assumption that 2015 parts will be that much better than 1999 parts. In your position I would certainly investigate the cost of upping the whole group to a 10sp Ultegra or 105
Apr
12
comment Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket: milling the frame necessary?
Well, you certainly need a nice close, even fit between the bb and the frame. But I'd have thought this applied across the board - I'm not clear on why they'd say one type of bb would require milling (facing) and another wouldn't. I mean, the facing process is to prepare the frame, not the bb.
Apr
11
comment Recommended Tire pressure
...and this question includes a photo showing what you should be looking for on the sidewall
Apr
6
comment creaky sound when cranking
could be a few things but bottom bracket springs to mind. How often do you hear the creak? once per pedal revolution?
Apr
4
comment Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?
do you have a photo?
Apr
2
comment Shimano Sport Camera ANT+ Software
I don't own this camera but this answer appears to be confirmed on the CyclingTips web site -cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/shimano-sport-camera-review
Apr
2
comment How to fit BB bearings to install Ultegra Crank on road bike Wilier Cento 1
Yes I replaced my press fit BB 18 months ago. A special tool is required for removal, and another one for installation. A bit of a rip off, but easy enough to do. I found both Park and Shimano did the tools, very little difference between them in price.
Apr
1
comment how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
He's right, in general. The total weight you need to push is the weight of the bike plus the weight of your body. Most people would do just as well to reduce the weight of their body, rather than the weight of the bike. Of course there will be exceptions to this rule, and these are the people who will benefit from a lighter bike.
Apr
1
comment Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?
@Blam - great video, I knew some special tool was required to cut the thread, but my memory was very fuzzy. I think the other thing I take from the video is that it is far less hassle to buy spokes already cut to the correct length (if possible)
Apr
1
comment Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?
You'd need a special tool to cut it, but it is quite specialised, I'm not sure I've even seen one. I think it will probably easier (and certainly cheaper) to buy a spoke of the correct length, but I could be wrong. Before you do anything, it is probably worth checking that the offending spoke is actually longer than all the others.
Mar
31
comment Rear disc brake question
can you post us a link to that bike?
Mar
30
comment How does increased upper-body strength affect riding, and which muscles make the biggest difference?
For someone who is a regular cyclist I would have thought there was a pretty strong correlation between the two. I mean, presumably those muscles that would be touched by your cycling activities (wherever in the body they may be) would already have improved? And that your upper body is unaffected implies that it is largely irrelevant? Dunno, just a thought.
Mar
30
comment How does increased upper-body strength affect riding, and which muscles make the biggest difference?
I found the same. I think if you want to build upper body muscles, you need to do something other than cycling
Mar
27
comment How to remove spoke twist
when you talk about twisting, my gut feel is that you've got everything too tight. (How) did you measure/judge spoke tension?
Mar
27
comment How to fix a sluggish bike?
I agree with @Blam. The first thing to do is to check tyres and rubbing, as stated in a couple of comments - these are the easy things to check. What you're suggesting here is pretty advanced maintenance and is probably the "if all else fails" option.
Mar
26
comment Force open a U-lock
@Blam any comment/answer that involves the use of a hammer gets a +1 in my book
Mar
26
comment Force open a U-lock
and also be prepared for strange glances from passers-by
Mar
26
comment Force open a U-lock
you could try a car jack
Mar
25
comment How to remove a stuck seatpost?
On your last point, you're talking metal on metal so there is always a chance. If all else fails take it to an lbs (most likely the older the mechanic, the better) and they will probably be able to do something. A mixture of heat and brute force most likely, but it won't be pretty.