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I have a variety of bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a fast Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, even a Dutch granny bike (omafiets) - which I ride depending on mood, route and weather. I ride mostly on the road, although I also like the velodrome. I've done some offroading but definitely prefer tarmac.

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 try to lose weight, but I've now trimmed down quite a bit so these days its mainly because I enjoy it. I do my own bike maintenance, where possible, and am also a motorist.


Apr
13
comment High-quality commuting bike with “women's” frame
I have a womens' Dutch bike. I bought it for nipping down to the shops but I wouldn't want to ride it for an hour. It weighs 18kg for a start!
Apr
12
comment 1980's bike vs New(er) Models? (Should one stay with an ancient bike?)
I suspect at $500 you'd end up disappointed, you'd really be constrained to the low end of the market.
Apr
11
comment Should I avoid sitting on top tube on my carbon bike?
Yeah, don't stop!
Apr
9
comment Replacing SRAM Red chain set with Ultegra - bottom bracket?
Also, be aware that whilst the BBs themselves aren't massively expensive, you need a dedicated tool to take them out, and another dedicated tool to install them. I thought both tools were ridiculously expensive for what they are.
Apr
9
comment Replacing SRAM Red chain set with Ultegra - bottom bracket?
I have a bike running Ultegra and changed the (press fit) bottom bracket last year. To a Shimano BB9141B. Is this the same as you'd need? There aren't many press fit BBs. If you can compare the spec of the one you have to the spec of this one, that should tell you whether they're compatible.
Apr
3
comment Best cycle to work provider?
@Kibbee it was a classic case of beware the small print. It was the "fair market value" that did for it. Also a lot of companies (e.g. banks etc.) were scared off by the fact that at the end of 12 months, they would potentially have all these second-hand bikes to dispose of. And since the idea was to get people commuting, there was also grief in the early days around the question "what if a guy buys a fancy bike through the scheme, just to save cash, but doesn't use it for commuting?" Fortunately HMRC realised this couldn't be policed, and dropped that particular requirement.
Apr
3
comment Best cycle to work provider?
@ChrisH yes I remember calculating that the more you spent, the better it worked out, subject to a limit I think of £1000. Above that, the company had to be licensed as a credit broker, which frankly was more hassle than it was worth. I avoided it completely by simply buying the bike through the company, thereby gaining the same tax advantages, but by leaving it as a company bike. Since it was used to travel pretty much exclusively between clients' offices, I could justify it. Until it got nicked.
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Apr
2
comment What should I look for when buying a bike from an auction?
what about if the bike you buy turns out to be stolen? Do you have any guarantees regarding this? In many jurisdictions, you'd end up losing both the money you paid, and the bike.
Apr
2
comment Do I need to be concerned about a carbon frame if I attach a bike trailer?
That's rubbish isn't it? I always considered Felt a top brand, too. I must admit I have a Giant and the one time I contacted (to replace a BB) them they were pretty helpful.
Mar
29
comment Will my bike hold my weight?
Good answer @Batman, +1, you put some research into this that I wasn't prepared to do (hence my comment to the OP). Worth noting also that a telltale sign of "rider too heavy" will be broken spokes, especially at the rear - although that doesn't preclude other (worse) things from happening.
Mar
29
comment Will my bike hold my weight?
You're right that bikes do have weight limits. Have you checked Scott's site? Might be worth trying to find your bike on there, making sure the wheels you state are the wheels it shipped with, and seeing if you can find the weight limits. If your wheels aren't the "factory" wheels, worth chasing them instead since its really the wheels that have limits.
Mar
27
comment Low gearing setup for road bike with Shimano dual control
they might be ok, depends on the current derailleur. I know Shimano derailleurs are rated for a maximum cog size - I think mine was rated for 27 teeth but I got away with 28. (Although both my parts were 10sp Ultegra the cassette was newer.)
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Mar
27
comment Low gearing setup for road bike with Shimano dual control
one approach might just to be to swap out your cassette - I have an Ultegra 10sp cassette which goes up to 28 teeth I think. The only question would be whether the derailleur will interfere with the cassette. Do you think that might give you enough? It's quite a bit more than 23.
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