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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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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.


Oct
29
comment Can I use Edge 510 as an indoor trainer computer
@GriffinEvo That sounds about right to me. Also, I have access to an online manual for my 800 through my.garmin.com - it would surprise me if you couldn't see a 510 manual there
Oct
27
answered Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
Oct
25
comment Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?
Before you go out and buy anything, when you next go out for a ride, make a note of exactly how much time you spend in top gear. I don't want to damp your enthusiasm, but everything here is screaming "not worth it" = especially when in the same breath you're wanting 30T for climbing.
Oct
25
comment will increasing cadence ability hurt my climbing strength?
What you have been told is true, and the secret to climbing quickly is maintaining a high cadence. (I just wish I could!) But the trick is to spin with the right level of resistance such that you don't lose your strength. There isn't really any magic bullet here.
Oct
24
revised upgrading components on replacement?
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Oct
24
answered upgrading components on replacement?
Oct
24
comment Can't remove lockring
I'm sorry but there are special tools to remove freewheels and cassettes and not using them is just asking for trouble. Especially when, in the next, breath, you're advocating hammering things. These things are built to be screwed and unscrewed, not to be bludgeoned.
Oct
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
good answer, good pics, I do exactly the same on my audax bike. How did I not see that question before I wrote my answer? [rhetorical]
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
I probably should also have said that the use of clipless pedals has to be learned, in particularly unclipping sufficiently quickly so you don't fall right over when you come to a halt! But maybe that's a bit beyond the scope of the question.
Oct
21
revised Bicycle shoes for road cycling
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Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
@andy256 yeah, good point, it's probably another area the Op should look into. Personally, I dislike SPD (I'd agree they're easier to walk in, but not that they're easier to ride in), but again it should be driven by how you'll ride. From a purely practical point, the shoes that you'd need to use the SPD system are different to the shoes you'd need for other systems - the soles are different.
Oct
21
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Oct
21
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Oct
21
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Oct
21
answered Bicycle shoes for road cycling
Oct
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Lark golden eagle
Oct
20
comment Biking gloves with finger protection
If you go for thick gloves, make sure you still have enough suppleness there to e.g. operate the brakes easily. Ski gloves, for example, might make this tricky. Certainly, if you're thinking of motorcycle gloves, be aware of this. Probably any substantial glove will protect your skin, but generally with bike crashes you're looking at either a broken wrist or collar bone (depending on whether or not you put your arms out to break the fall).
Oct
20
revised Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
added a bit about crank lengths, plus a diagram
Oct
20
revised Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
added a bit about crank lengths