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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, UK
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I have a variety of bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a fast Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, even a Dutch granny bike (omafiets) - which I ride depending on mood, route and weather. I ride mostly on the road, although I also like the velodrome. I've done some offroading but definitely prefer tarmac.

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 try to lose weight, but I've now trimmed down quite a bit so these days its mainly because I enjoy it. I do my own bike maintenance, where possible, and am also a motorist.


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comment Solid rubber bicycle tires
If you're dead-set on solid tyres then I'm afraid I can't help. But if you're open-minded and wondering why these tyres aren't stocked by cycling shops, there is a reason - basically Darwinian. Solid tyres have been tried time and again over the years, but never successfully enough to convince shops to stock them.
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comment Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples
Thanks. When you say "a very long time", does this imply that if I were to look at a brake from, say, 50 years ago, that I would see a pear nipple? Off whatever kind of bike?
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answered How do I get my hydraulic disc brakes working well again
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comment Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?
What part of the rack is touching the windshield? I have a bike rack which is actually designed to touch the windshield, but which actually has plastic cups to make contact. When you see how these things move at speed, I would not have thought metal against glass was healthy.
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comment Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples
Thanks but I'm not interested in installing them, I'm interested in learning why there has been an evolution into two different types. (well, presumably an evolution...)
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comment What does “LL” mean on BB spindle?
It's not immediately obvious to me. Any chance you can post a photo?
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comment How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?
@Kentzo Looking at your photos, if that were me I certainly wouldn't be worried about degreasing just yet - right now everything looks good as new. But I would be lubing regularly. I'm guessing that your weather conditions will be heat and humidity, but off the top of my head I'm not sure what lube would be best for those conditions. Probably the best thing would be to go to an LBS and ask "what's the best lube for round here?" If they've got any business sense, they'll have some in stock.
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comment Noticeably more Muscle on one leg than the other?
It sounds like it could be related, but you need to go to a physiotherapist. I doubt if any of us on here is qualified to advise, forthermore this type of question is off-topic pretty much by definition. Bear in mind anyone giving the wrong advise will make things worse for you.
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comment What kind of spokes for Giant PSL0 wheelset
you might well be right, but I'd still check with Giant to be sure. My understanding is that spokes are manufactured in increments of 1mm, also that if you get the length wrong by any more than 1mm or so, it'll cause problems. Does that sound about right?
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answered How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?