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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.


Sep
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answered How To Choose A Proper Sprocket Combination For A Road Bike Cassette?
Sep
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comment Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?
@MichaelHoffman then I have my fingers crossed that SE has some users in Toronto who might be able to help you, good luck.
Sep
8
answered Minimal gear for dry winter riding in the city
Sep
7
comment Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?
I wouldn't necessarily make that presumption, as SPD pedals are only one of three clipless styles in common use. But as regards your general question, I would have thought you'd get more joy on Google than on SE. Have you even tried this?
Sep
7
comment Tried to replace bicycle brake housing. Broken cable?
First and foremost, do not put glue anywhere near this mech! It is quite difficult to tell what is wrong from your description, but really, assuming you put the new calliper on properly, you have only two options here - either the cable is too tight or it is too loose. I'd be surprised if the cable has snapped, just because its not something you see often. If you're really struggling, you should take it to your LBS - it is a trivial job to do
Sep
5
comment Buying first hybrid bike; better to put $ into components or disc brakes?
components are generally a lot cheaper when they come as part of a bike, rather than buying them separately afterwards. But before you make your purchase decision, surely you can cost up both options and come to an objective answer?
Sep
5
comment Child bike seat usage when approaching max weight
@andy256 yeah, I wasn't sure what they were called. That article I cite talke about bike seats, bike trailers and cargo bikes. I assumed that the top pic was a bike trailer, and also therefore that the lower pic was a "cargo bike". But I could easily be wrong.
Sep
5
answered Child bike seat usage when approaching max weight
Sep
4
comment Bike Rack from Apartment's Underground Carpark Removed - Is building management liable?
My insurance policy says I have to lock my bike to an immovable object. If they;ve unbolted the rack, it's obviously not immovable. This is something of a gotcha that I've seen once before, but certainly if this were me, my policy wouldn't cough up.
Sep
3
comment What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?
+1, news to me.
Sep
3
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Sep
3
comment Stuck and stiff sora front derailleur
Yeah. You have to bear in mind that Sora is at the lower end of the Shimano range, too. (But I've never tried it so can't really comment.) But there might be an element of engineering it to encourage you to get a better piece of kit. New cables are always a pretty good investment though, they're one of these things that degrade without you really noticing, you fit a new set and think "wow".
Sep
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Sep
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comment What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?
Also, I have never worn a TT helmet, so cannot really advise. I ride at just over half your speed, what's the point ;-) To try and compare different models on quality alone, look at weight (you want low) and ventilation (you want lots). Also make sure it has the relevant safety stickers (although I'm sure at this kind of level that's a no-brainer)
Sep
3
comment What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?
A lot of teams will have web sites and, while they generally don't say in black-and-white exactly what kit they use, they do generally list their sponsors. There are only so many companies who make helmets so you can make some deductions.
Sep
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Sep
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answered What sort of bicycle helmet gives me better speed?
Sep
3
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Explaining the effects of frame geometries
Sep
2
comment Is the frame material of Specialized AWOL Comp and Elite the same?
Fingers crossed. I've had some success speaking to Giant (via Facebook of all things) so you do sometimes get meaningful responses from these big companies.
Sep
2
comment Stuck and stiff sora front derailleur
Looking at your your second vid (moving derailleur) I must say it doesn't look particularly abnormal to me. Are you sure there's even something wrong with it?