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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.


Mar
24
comment Cut U-Lock…Bicycle Left?
This has been known. Did your bike have another lock on it? Perhaps they didn't have the right gear on them to cut the second lock? If that is the case, most likely they plan on coming around again tonight, with the right gear. My advice is to move the bike - make it difficult for the thief to just walk up and find the bike, and also to replace the broken lock. They possibly assumed that you wouldn't visit your bike between first and second visits. When replacing the broken lock, I know good locks can be expensive, but a lock is no good whatsoever if someone can just hacksaw through it.
Mar
24
comment Howto design a route in Google Maps on the pc and navigate on the android device
One thing I would say from experience is that you have to be careful how much routing you want the software to do for you. For example its no good if the route takes you along motorways. I have found you do need to be quite "hands-on".
Mar
23
comment When I press on pedal, intermittent loss of power
One concrete suggestion would be to take it to a different shop. Maybe if a second pair of eyes were to look at it...
Mar
23
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Mar
23
answered Howto design a route in Google Maps on the pc and navigate on the android device
Mar
21
comment loose spoke that will not screw back in
Sorry I meant just getting the spoke and the nipple away from the hub, and checking that they will actually boogie together. Just thought getting the wheel out of the way might make any problem more obvious
Mar
21
comment loose spoke that will not screw back in
Can you take the nipple out of the wheel and just try screwing it by hand? Just as a sanity check? The brief answer to your questions....bearing in mind that the spokes are supposed to be under tension, (1) you should be able to fix it yourself if you;ve got the right tool, (2) yes it would because you're putting more load onto the other spokes, so you may see problems develop with them too.
Mar
21
comment How tight should brakes and shifters be on the handlebars?
I found a torque wrench to be a great investment, whilst it was quite expensive I use it pretty much universally when it comes to adjusting things on the bikes. 6-8Nm sounds about right, and gives you a very precise value. What kind of answers do you expect from your question? quite tight? pretty tight? very tight? They're all meaningless.
Mar
21
comment What does a “dished” wheel mean? How to tighten spokes on such a wheel, without a spoke tension meter?
I bought a decent set of wheels a couple of years back. They were for a road bike not a mtb, but were still designed for a cassette so I'd assume the same principles apply. Came with a datasheet in which it gave recommended tensions etc. I can't remember exactly what the numbers were, but they were indeed asymmetric.
Mar
20
comment Rockrider 8.1 rack and bags
Rockrider is a brand sold by a single chain store (Decathlon). Would it not be a good idea to ask them?
Mar
19
revised Speed and comfort of a racing bicycle?
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Mar
19
comment Do I need to be concerned about a carbon frame if I attach a bike trailer?
From a subjective viewpoint I'd be very wary of messing around with a carbon frame (which presumably was not designed for towing). But as a practical suggestion, frames will generally come with a warranty. Why not contact the frame manufacturer and ask them whether they think you'd be voiding the warranty by towing something?
Mar
19
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19
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Mar
18
comment Cycle tyre and tube burst
@DanielRHicks I wish I could remember 30 years ago!! ;) Did you maybe mention this in another post, got a feeling it might that post I was thinking of when I mentioned a dup above.
Mar
18
comment Cycle tyre and tube burst
oh and I'm fairly sure there are other discussions on this subject on here, sorry do not have time right now to find them,
Mar
18
comment Cycle tyre and tube burst
This kind of thing can happen. It is unusual, but not unheard of. I saw a guy's tyre go pop once as I was getting off a ferry - his bike had been sitting idle for the previous 10 hours, and all he did was pick it up. But nothing you've said is particularly unusual apart maybe from the ambient temperature - that's probably hotter than most of us store our bikes (possibly on the high side of the manufacturer's tolerance?). But why it burst today and not yesterday or the day before, impossible to say.
Mar
15
comment Type of cycle for losing weight and staying fit for a beginner
Good answer. Specifically on the second point, I know road bikes are rated for a maximum weight, and I think 240lbs could be borderline or over for some bikes. Most likely the same for other types of bike too, so definitely something to take into account.
Mar
15
comment What format should I select for automatic upload to Strava?
The newest Garmin devices talk in terms of FIT files so I'd imagine this is the most appropriate of the three. To be honest I've only come across the other two in the context of planning a route (as opposed to recording an activity, which is what you're talking about isn't it?)
Mar
13
comment looking for an entry level bike
Loads of good advice in here Matt