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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.


Mar
11
comment 9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?
From Shimano 9- to Shimano 11-, Shimano recommend you need a new everything. You might get away with the brakes, but certainly as regards drivetrain you should be prepared to change the lot. Also your freewheel hub, most likely, since this has also changed for 11-speed systems. The thinking is simple - an 11-speed chain is that much narrower than a 9-speed chain, therefore all components that the chain touches (incl rear derailleur) are affected.
Mar
10
reviewed Approve Where should I install the kickstand?
Mar
10
comment How to calculate rigid fork replacement for suspension one?
I have seen this calculation done with a hacksaw
Mar
10
comment Upgrading Brakes
Fairly sure this has been asked before, although I couldn't find anything from a quick search. @Carel is right, if you want to upgrade your existing brakes you will probably have more joy staying with rim brakes
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Actually, for completeness, it's probably worth saying that brake calipers typically carry some kind of stamp to indicate the maximum tyre size they support. But again, I'm not sure how "standard" this is
Mar
9
comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
absolutely @mikes, I fully agree. Also, a great reference is Sheldon - even if you ignore every piece of information on that page, you just need to look at the size of those tables to realise just how many "standards" there are
Mar
9
answered How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Mar
8
comment Which dual-platform clipless pedals allow for the least amount of movement between the pedal and sneaker
"grippiness" is kind of a subjective thing, I think. I'm not sure that, as it stands, your question is a particularly good fit for this site.
Mar
8
comment When I put my bike on the repair stand and turn the pedal, is the rear wheel supposed to spin freely
Take the wheel out of the bike. Does it rotate freely on its axle?
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
(The reason I suggested the cable was shot originally is because the looseness you describe, it can happen when the brake cable starts to stretch. When a brake cable has stretched, that's a good sign to replace it.)
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
If it's barely used, possibly not shot then. Yes, you can (and should) tighten the cable. The looseness is what is making you have to push the lever all the way to the bars. The best thing is to have a play so you can see for yourself - you should see a hex nut on the brakes which is trapping the brake cable. Loosen that, pull a little cable through and see what happens..
Mar
8
comment How do I fix U brakes?
It's all really done based on cable tension. It sounds like the cable you have in there is shot, and needs replacing. It is probably also worth looking on YouTube for a short vid on how to adjust the brakes, once you've got the cable. Note also that in many jurisdictions, it would be illegal to take a bike out onto the road, if it only had one brake.
Mar
8
comment long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?
By the fact that you've posed the question in the first place, you're obviously aware that your strategy carries a certain risk. Whatever bike you buy, I would try and ride it as much as possible locally, before your "big" trip, in the hope that any problems will surface in a safe envirnoment
Mar
7
comment How to replace a wheel Spoke
Just as a passing comment, with some more ... specialized ... spokes, you can sometimes have trouble getting hold of single spokes. I had a spoke snap a couple of years ago and most shops were only really interested in selling me a box of 100! I'd recommend that anyone buying custom wheels factor this into the equation.
Mar
7
comment What to look for when buying cyclo-cross or road bike under 600eu/650usd?
As well as touring bikes, the Op might also consider bikes described as Audax bikes. I think if he did go for a pure cyclocross bike, he might want to look at changing tyres, for example, if his use was going to be entirely on-road.
Mar
5
reviewed Approve Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe
Mar
5
reviewed Approve How long is the life cycle of a bicycle?
Mar
5
reviewed Approve Can i fit a 6 speed wheel onto a 5 speed bike?
Mar
4
comment Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
In terms of being out on the road, I'd probably agree, especially with a triple up front. But in terms of being able to source replacement parts? Shimano are making it harder and harder to stay with their older groupsets.
Mar
4
revised Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
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