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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
15
comment Non Removable Presta Extension
@LoomyBear you're probably not riding much of a different setup from the pros. Someone must manufacture tyres for them! I can't see mechanics sewing special tubes in for them.
Oct
15
answered Non Removable Presta Extension
Oct
15
revised Non Removable Presta Extension
added a bit more detail on the tyres
Oct
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
Oct
13
comment Help! Tire Pressure
try reading the max pressure off the tyre? Or, try looking it up on the web. http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20ultra%20sport.shtml. 120psi. Lazy question!
Oct
13
comment Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
Two things. First, the whole shifting thing can easily be self-maintained, I think it is definitely worthwhile learning how to check and adjust this yourself. Second, I have knowledge of Decathlon, admittedly from a while back, but found them pretty good. I'm just making the point that it's the individual mechanic, not the shop. I generally view Decathlon goods as not top-notch, but nevertheless great value for money,
Oct
13
comment Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw
Also worth noting that manufacturers (e.g. SRAM) are starting to advertise groupsets where cross-chaining doesn't come into play. But I'm just mentioning this as a general point, I don't know whether it applies to the Op's group or not
Oct
10
comment 26 X 1.75 front and 26 X 2.0 rear tyre?
agreed, seems like a good choice to me
Oct
8
comment I want to start riding a road Bike. Is it a big difference if I buy a generic one?
This is a question on market economics rather than cycling. As a cyclist, you just need to understand that these forces apply to your hobby just as much as to anything else in the world. You know, why does a Porsche cost more than a Toyota? It boils down to peoples' perceptions of value, worth, etc. and is not necessarily tangible
Oct
6
comment Kenda cyclo cross 27 x 1 3/8 fit on 27 x 1 1/4 rim?
I'd have thought you'll be fine with the tyre fitting the rim, there's usually some leeway there, but also make sure about brake clearance.
Oct
5
comment Choosing New Rims/Hubs & Assessing Size
okay, on the assumption that you have the 2004 model with Sram cassette, when you spec the wheel you'll need it with a Shimano freehub (which is compatible with Sram). You'll also need to buy a cassette for it (because wheels don't come with cassettes), and probably a tool to fit it also. But any 8-speed Shimano or Sram cassette should be fine, and will allow you to interchange the two wheels. If you don't understand this now don't worry, you will when you start shopping.
Oct
5
comment Choosing New Rims/Hubs & Assessing Size
Ian the good news is that Trek are one of the best manufacturers for keeping an online archive of their old models - see www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/2004/archive/. So depending on the exact year (you might be able to tell this by paint job) you can see exactly what components were used on your bike. If it is the 2004 model, they are 700s - I doubt that would change tbh but you now have the means to check.
Oct
5
comment Valve Extender for Kids Bike
+1 Useful answer, I was unaware that extenders existed for Schrader valves
Oct
5
comment Valve Extender for Kids Bike
I have deep-ish rims on my road bike, so use screw-on valve extenders all the time. But the question is, can you obtain presta tubes for your son's bike?
Oct
5
comment Shimano 105 brifters - rear shift jumps multiple gears
In that case you only really have a few variables. My gut feel is that either the derailleur got bent, or you haven't adjusted it properly, or you haven't fitted the new cable properly. (But I don't want to criticise your workmanship!) You can test the shifter standalone, but you'll have to disconnect the cable first - simply check that it is pulling and releasing cable as you click through the gears. But there's not a whole lot more going on.
Oct
4
comment Shimano 105 brifters - rear shift jumps multiple gears
has this happened suddenly or do you think something might have just worn out?
Oct
1
comment The best way to deal with/prevent punctures on tubular tyres
Daniel is right. In the days when everyone rode on tubs, if you got a puncture you would use your spare. A coffee stop was the ideal opportunity to fix punctures. You just need to be able to open and close the outer casing (which I think involves picking the thread then sewing), the innertube could be repaired with the usual patches/glue/whatever your preference.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
30
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Disc brake lines quite long
Sep
30
comment Garmin 510 lost data
There is a utility called the Fit File Repair Tool, which I think you can try for free. That sucks your data into an Access database so you can see exactly what data you captured. But if the device didn't capture it....it's gone