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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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good answer, good pics, I do exactly the same on my audax bike. How did I not see that question before I wrote my answer? [rhetorical]
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comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
I probably should also have said that the use of clipless pedals has to be learned, in particularly unclipping sufficiently quickly so you don't fall right over when you come to a halt! But maybe that's a bit beyond the scope of the question.
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@andy256 yeah, good point, it's probably another area the Op should look into. Personally, I dislike SPD (I'd agree they're easier to walk in, but not that they're easier to ride in), but again it should be driven by how you'll ride. From a purely practical point, the shoes that you'd need to use the SPD system are different to the shoes you'd need for other systems - the soles are different.
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comment What is the kind of bicycle nobody is building?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a survey
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comment How long will my bike last?
So you have a 50 buck bike and you want to know how long it will be before it falls apart? Surely you could hazard a guess at the answer yourself? I think maybe your best hope is that you're not riding it when it does fall apart.
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comment Which 6 or 8 rims fit a Cervelo P4?
You are probably looking high enough up the market place to be able to contact manufacturers directly and expect a decent response. I contacted Fast Forward a couple of years back with some queries and was quite happy with how helpful they were.
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comment Biking gloves with finger protection
If you go for thick gloves, make sure you still have enough suppleness there to e.g. operate the brakes easily. Ski gloves, for example, might make this tricky. Certainly, if you're thinking of motorcycle gloves, be aware of this. Probably any substantial glove will protect your skin, but generally with bike crashes you're looking at either a broken wrist or collar bone (depending on whether or not you put your arms out to break the fall).
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comment Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
I would have upvoted this answer and not bothered writing an answer myself, but I'm pretty sure the part you say the Op needs describes the standard crankset, not the compact. The part the Op needs is not the FC-5600, but the FC-5650 (or FC-5750)
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comment Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
thanks chaps, I hadn't realised that, I will edit my answer.
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