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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, and generally tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away.

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.


Jan
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comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
I'd also suggest some background reading on terms like gear inches, gear ratios to get a fuller understanding of what you're choosing. As usual, Sheldon is an excellent resource here.
Jan
11
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
My basic advice would be: there will come a time when you have sufficient experience that you will know exactly what combination of cranks & cassette you want, and this question becomes irrelevant. But obviously you're not there yet. Given that, I would tend to pick the combination which gives a lot of flexibility, sacrificing smoothness if necessary. 50/34 and 12-25 is therefore a reasonable combination. So too is 53/39 and 11-28 (or even 11-32). Bear in mind that if you get the choice really wrong and want to change (unlikely), a new cassette is a lot cheaper than a new crankset.
Jan
11
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
yes, you're right - I was just interchanging the terms. So....for the crankset, a low number represents an easier gear. Sorry for the confusion.
Jan
10
comment Which winter road cycling shoes are rated for sub-15° F weather?
Yeah, I agree with Batman and DRH. In the coldest conditions I'll wear a couple of pairs of socks (Assos do some midwinter socks which are very good but quite expensive) plus some booties. But I wear the same shoes all year round.
Jan
10
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
@Ramy exactly the same principle for the cranks (except at the front, a low number represents an easier gear)
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answered What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
Jan
7
comment 9sp/10sp compatibility in Shimano SLX drivetrains
That you say you're halfway through this upgrade, and you're asking this level of question, seems a little odd. Do you understand why manufacturers claim that 9sp groups are not compatible with 10sp groups? About different chain widths? And why people say they are able to workaround the differences? These will all help toward understanding what you're attempting here.
Jan
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reviewed Reject compatibility tag wiki excerpt
Jan
5
comment base training with or without added energy?
I note you're basing your programme on something designed for an indoor trainer. Are you actually doing 2-3 hours on the road, or on a trainer? It's just that there are several reasons why an indoor trainer might be a little unrealistic, not least because you'll exert more effort per unit time on a trainer than on the road.
Jan
5
revised base training with or without added energy?
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Jan
4
comment Do I need to use thread locker or spoke prep when building wheels if spokes come pre-treated?
The second question, I've build wheels over a number of days, just coming back to it when convenient. As you say, it helps if you can get to a common point when you stop working on the wheel, just for ease of picking it up again. Your first question, I suspect it depends who you ask. The people who taught me, swore that no spoke prep / locking agent was ever required. They readily accepted that other people would disagree but they stood by what they said.
Jan
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reviewed Approve How can you recognize a department store bike?
Jan
4
comment Flat pedal road bike shoes
Cycling shoes generally have quite hard soles for durability. A lot of the SPD shoes (certainly Shimano) come with an insert that is designed to be removed so you can fit the cleats. But you don't have to remove the insert, if you leave the shoe "as is" it'll be good for flat pedals.
Jan
3
answered Do you change from cycling clothes when out and about
Jan
3
comment What sort of bike will suit both offroading and onroading
yeah, +1. A cx bike would be the first thing I'd look at, failing that maybe a light mtb. If you have the luxury of being able to say "today I will ride on the road" or "today I will ride offroad" it would be worth considering two sets of wheels.
Jan
3
comment Shimano 105 rear shifting issues
This definitely isn't true to form, a 105 groupset should be pretty slick. You say you've changed the chain, did you ever change the cassette? I'm just trying to get a complete picture of what you've done here - at the end of the day 500 miles is nothing for this level of gear. Another question is whether you changed the chain to address the problem, or whether the problem started after you changed the chain. I'm just thinking compatibility between different parts.
Jan
3
comment Any idea what this franken bike is?
can you post a link to the photo url(s) and one of us can try embedding it (them) for you?
Jan
1
comment Size question. Performance v Comfort
I think the image is good as a schematic. As regards the variance between sizes, I'd expect (but haven't checked) that all tubes would vary in length, keeping the proportions (angles) the same.