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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, UK
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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.


Dec
11
comment My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard
I'm sorry to hear that @yawar, but by the same token I'm glad you found it in a managed way rather than in a crash. Good luck finding something new.
Dec
11
reviewed Approve Why are wheels so important for racing?
Dec
11
reviewed Approve Suggestions for winter cycling glasses?
Dec
10
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
Sounds like whatever you decide you won't go too far wrong. 105 is a good groupset too. Depending upon the frame (geometry, material....cost!) of the road bike you might not find it is that much quicker than cx
Dec
10
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
Yeah, it is difficult to come up with absolutes here. I think a lot would depend on what road bike you're thinking about. One thing I would say is that if you do go down a "road" route, you're not really going to be suited to any terrain except tarmac. Does that bother you?
Dec
9
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
I don't say this is a duplicate, but a logical extension to your question is to ask about rims and rim depth (think about when you see time trials, or track, where wheels are often solid disks). There's a good question here (among others) touches this subject.
Dec
9
comment My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard
difficult to guess from what little you say, could be the cranks themselves, could be the bottom bracket..... Treat it as potentially serious (i.e. you could damage yourself if something did break mid-ride) and have someone look at it as a matter of urgency. This is one of those situations where the web is probably not the best means of diagnosing what's wrong
Dec
8
comment Can you identify this Cateye HR Sensor E product model?
@TaiSem You do seem to end up with a collection of these things, I have 3 different ones - one to suit my Garmin, one for Polar stuff down at the gym, and a third somewhere that hooks up to the turbo head unit.
Dec
8
revised Can you identify this Cateye HR Sensor E product model?
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Dec
7
comment The spring in my front dérailleur is jammed
how are you trying to clean the dirt off? a (not high pressure) hose, kitchen brush and bike cleaning fluid (i.e. degreaser) generally work for me.
Dec
7
comment Excited Beginner?
Getting yourself a real bike might help, personally I find nothing more off-putting than indoor training. Then, a target could just be to cycle "to" somewhere and to time yourself.
Dec
6
comment Matching color bar tape to replace dirty white tape?
huh? you came on here to ask us what colour we like? Go to your bike shop, and concentrate on getting a decent quality tape. Colour is irrelevant, although as you have already found, light colours will show dirt.
Dec
5
revised What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
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Dec
5
revised What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
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Dec
5
answered What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
Dec
5
comment What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?
yes that was exactly what I found. You almost want the technology to evolve along the lines of those hand-held tv cameras at sports events, where the camera has been developed such that the image is pretty darned stable despite the fact that some guy is carrying it.
Dec
5
comment What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
@Stephen I'm still thinking you're looking for a product rec based on the fact that you mention a budget. Just the existence of an all-in-one device would be interesting (at any price) since it would be unusual and very leading edge. On separate devices, no problem, but all together? In your case, if you have a phone already, you might want to look at what that will support, but otherwise I think your budget might be too low to find anything.
Dec
4
answered What bike/helmet camera resolution is needed in order to read licence plates?
Dec
4
comment What features make a good fitness tracker for cyclists?
I think this has the potential to be a great question, except you turned it into a product rec.
Dec
3
reviewed Reject Is it safe to ride on a cracked rim?