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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
15
comment Do more expensive bib shorts make a difference when sat on a turbo trainer for hours on end?
if you do go for assos, check out www.assosfactoryoutlet.com but I still think it's expensive
Aug
15
comment Do more expensive bib shorts make a difference when sat on a turbo trainer for hours on end?
Bib shorts may or not make a difference, but the chamois might.But you realise the only way you'll find out for sure is to go buy a pair? You mention Assos, which is an excellent brand but also expensive. Consider also Etxeondo, if you can obtain them. Similar quality (at least I think so) and cheaper. I speak as someone who owns a fair amount of Assos kit but who now buys Etxeondo where possible. Difficult to get hold of though.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
If it's any consolation, it happens to us all, probably the world over. I get it maybe twice a year. I could never rationalise it either. "It's my road, not yours" is about the best I could come up with.
Aug
14
comment How do I replace road brakes?
I'm trying to work out the timeline here. Did you pose this question then immediately answer it yourself? Just wondering why... I can understand answering your own questions if you ask the question, do some research, then post your own answer. But that implies some kind of time difference between question and answer, and I don't see one here.
Aug
14
comment Lightweight foldable shoes for road cycling
I use the covers, have done for years. Wonderful. Also handy if the bike goes bang in the middle of a ride and you need to walk. And to protect the cleats when they're not in use. Foldable shoes will be bulkier in your pocket too. Given that they cost five bucks or so I'd suggest you try them and see what you think.
Aug
14
comment Tools needed to perform groupset overhaul
In one of your other questions you mention that you have Zinn. It is a good choice of manual and IIRC he lists the tools that are (a) useful in general and (b) required for a specific task. I suggest you go read that and come back if you have any problems understanding it.
Aug
14
comment How to prevent freehub body damage?
I'd share your scepticism about a higher-end cassette. It's difficult to see how "Tiagra material" would cause this and "Ultegra material" wouldn't. More precise fit maybe?
Aug
13
comment How to prevent freehub body damage?
Just an observation - I find it very surprising that this could happen to a 105 cassette, there must be an awful lot of these out there. If there was an inherent problem, you wouldn't expect to be the only person with it. Presumably there was no play when you first fitted the cassette?
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.