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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 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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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Disc brake lines quite long
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comment Garmin 510 lost data
There is a utility called the Fit File Repair Tool, which I think you can try for free. That sucks your data into an Access database so you can see exactly what data you captured. But if the device didn't capture it....it's gone
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comment What to upgrade to achieve a higher top speed?
You need to tell us what type of bike you've got
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revised If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
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comment If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
okay @nhinkle I posted it as an answer.
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answered If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
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comment If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?
break the chain so it no longer threads through the derailleur, fix the chain (will likely need to be shorter too) then ride the bike single speed and hope you get home.
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comment Is it realistic to fuel a long ride with NO sugar?
You're right, and I certainly think there is more to this than meets the eye. I lost a lot of weight through cycling, but just going on the distance/time I was doing, that should never have been the case.
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revised My Gears Are not Shifting Well
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comment My Gears Are not Shifting Well
I've cleaned your question up by adding the images to the post. Now you should do the same to your mech. It badly needs a service and looking like that it is no surprise you're having trouble shifting. Most of us periodically lube the chain (and clean the bike) to keep everything flexible, but each new image here seems to suggest a new part that is beyond lubing and probably needs replacing.
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revised My Gears Are not Shifting Well
Added the images into the question
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comment brand new fixie, different sized dropouts - send back?
I think you have a case for saying it is "not as described". The seller is saying this is new, but is that rust I see on your close-ups? Forget the issue with the forks, new bikes should not have rust - period. I hope you paid by Paypal, you should have a guarantee. The serious issue here is that you get what you pay for, and you won't get a decent bike new for that price. My advice is to look at some of the questions on here regarding buying second hand. Use the search box, top right.
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revised brand new fixie, different sized dropouts - send back?
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revised brand new fixie, different sized dropouts - send back?
looks like the Op has written extended information on the question, but in an answer. So I'm copying the photos from the answer into the question, and will put a note on their "answer"
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on how to translate MTB wheel specifications?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Looking for advice on upgrading
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comment how to translate MTB wheel specifications?
good link, good site, +1
Sep
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comment protecting your man part while cycling
With the exception of the "man parts" nonsense, this is actually a reasonable question. It highlights that saddles are very much a personal choice, and that what might be a great fit for someone may be a poor fit for someone else. As regards the "infinity seat", could be there is something in it. If it is comfortable for you, then great. But I'd suggest that this will likely be determined by your sit bones rather than your manhood!
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comment Looking for advice on upgrading
I don't have first-hand experience, but I've heard it said that you could also fit aero bars to try and improve your position and get some more speed. But this again feels like square peg/round hole