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I have a variety of bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a Giant TCR Advanced road, Boardman hardtail, even a Dutch granny bike (omafiets) - which I ride depending on mood, route and weather. My preference is for road riding, but I also like the velodrome and have done some infrequent offroading.

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 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.


Aug
13
comment Is it possible to reattach the v-brake spring/pin arm?
This type of brake has a pin/spring which is designed to allow the calliper to sit back to the non-braking position. The pin naturally comes away from the brake body as you loosen things up. So if it "popped out" you should be ok. However if it "snapped", that's a different matter.
Aug
12
comment Replacing a groupset in step purchases
Good answer. Also to note that the earlier Tiagra version was 9-speed, which would introduce further issues going to Sram Red. That upgrade would be difficult to do piecemeal.
Aug
12
comment Replacing a groupset in step purchases
Speaking for the gears only, the key thing is the chain width, which is driven by the number of cogs on the cassette. If the number of cogs on the new cassette equals the number of cogs on the old cassette (i.e. you don't need a wider/narrower chain), then a step-by-step upgrade is likely possible. Otherwise you will end up with a less-than-optimal arrangement - shifting may be possible but won't be as precise as it should be.
Aug
12
comment Great/Classic climbs near Lausanne
I've been around that area a bit, but not as a cyclist. There are none of your classic TdF climbs around there, they're all quite some way further south, but it is a good area for riding in general, and of course it is naturally hilly.
Aug
12
comment Speed improvement from hybrid bike to road bike over 9km at 30 kmph?
30 seconds is equivalent to a red light. With commuting, there are so many external factors that I suspect the type of bike would be pretty much irrelevant to your travel time. If you were planning on riding a sportive, the answer would likely be different.
Aug
12
comment 90 mile round trip work commute
I'm all for people cycling around the place, but 45 miles each way seems too far, not so much in terms of it being too hard (although for most of us this is probably the case), but in terms of amount of time you'd spend in the saddle each day. Maybe, as Mσᶎ suggests, some kind of HPV is the way to go?
Aug
10
comment Carbon frame cracks
Jeez, is 2010 old? There are specialists out there who offer carbon repair services, I'd recommend speaking to them. And if your wife already knows you have a carbon frame, I reckon you're halfway there! Seriously, bear in mind that when carbon fails, it can do so without warning, so be careful out there.
Aug
7
comment Truing an 'out of round' wheel
A couple of times I have found the only way to stay sane is to loosen everything and start again. In theory though you shouldn't have to do this - assuming spokes are correct length and lacing is correct, it should just be a case of tightening (or loosening) until it is in dish.
Aug
7
comment diference between 170mm 172mm 175mm crank arm length on road bike
Crank length should be based on your geometry, its not as simple as saying such-and-such a length is better for such-and-such an application. Track bikes tend to have shorter cranks so as to corner tightly when riding fixed (i.e. pedal less likely to hit the track) but there is no rule, as such, for road bikes.
Aug
7
comment My BionX system won't work in assistance mode, and makes a weird noise
This is kind of a specialised question, I doubt many of us on here have much experience with electric bikes. It certainly sounds like its worth contacting BionX directly, as well as posting on here.
Aug
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on SRAM Red 22 crankset & 10 speed cassette
Aug
3
comment SRAM Red 22 crankset & 10 speed cassette
I suspect somewhere closer to the former than the latter to be honest. Strictly speaking everything in the group should be 11-speed. In the past people have got away with interchanging, say, 9- and 10- speed parts, but with 11-speed the tolerances are smaller still.
Aug
3
comment Why do my handlebars wobble left and right?
could be the headset
Aug
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Crunching/grinding chain noise
Aug
1
comment Can I use a Shimano 105 10 speed BCD 130mm 52t chainring as a replacement in my 9 speed tiagra triple crankset?
looks like it is 5500. Found this link which might help. Don't think I ever saw 9sp 105 on sale, I reckon its pretty rare.
Aug
1
comment Can I use a Shimano 105 10 speed BCD 130mm 52t chainring as a replacement in my 9 speed tiagra triple crankset?
Strictly speaking you should keep with 9-speed rings, as the teeth on a 10-speed ring will be dimensioned to fit a 10-speed chain. But the difference is very small and I reckon lots of people will be successfully running this kind of setup. Bear in mind, if you can find Ultegra 6500, this is also a valid 9-speed option (and great quality).
Aug
1
comment How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?
That will probably only kill 99.9% of the bacteria ;-)
Aug
1
revised Adjusting disk brake positions
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Jul
31
answered Adjusting disk brake positions
Jul
31
revised Adjusting disk brake positions
brought hyperlink into question