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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, 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
17
comment Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy
Nah Andy, I've only been to one stage where I had a car (St Girons 2008) and I parked it deliberately across town to avoid the route. Going by bike tends to work best for me. I'm thinking of going car & bike this year - there are three stages within striking distance of Rennes. Including a team TT which I've never seen before. But getting to Rennes and to the TT on the bike alone would be a pita
Mar
17
revised Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy
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Mar
17
revised Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy
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Mar
17
answered Tour de France RV/Campervan parking policy
Mar
14
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
@zenbike do you think maybe the pro teams might be using something pre-release? The guy I spoke to definitely said that the only wire now going into his derailleur was from the battery.
Mar
13
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
+1, those numbers sound good
Mar
13
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
@Kibbee the latest Dura Ace group talks wirelessly between the shifter and the derailleur (Bluetooth presumably). So there's no reason why a wireless connection with the pc (or with a phone) could not also be possible. If anyone has any documentation on this group, btw, I'd love to see a link - I got very limited info from someone on a team.
Mar
13
comment Is my cassette or chain worn out?
Yeah, +1. I tend to avoid the use of a chain tool because I think the cycling industry is far too keen for us to buy dedicated tools where standard tools will suffice. Because the pitch of a chain is a half-inch, it is useful for the ruler to be imperial, and if you can get one long enough (13" or longer iirc) you can just read off the scale.
Mar
13
comment Can shimano di2 be programmed to be automatically readjust shifting for different hub/wheel types?
To an extent, any answer here would be a case of "watch this space", as the software/firmware is becoming more and more functional with time. I just mention this because it means that any answer given now might not be valid next year, for example.
Mar
11
comment 9-speed system to 11-speed drivetrain upgrade?
Worth also pointing out that there is a school of thought that says these differences are sufficiently tiny that it is all a marketing ploy by the bike companies, to get you to replace your kit. At this point, you pay your money and take your choice...seriously, it boils down to how much a person feels like spending money
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.)