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I have a few bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, also an omafiets (Dutch granny bike) - which I ride depending on mood, purpose and weather. My preference is for road riding, but I also enjoy the velodrome and infrequent offroading.

Home is the New Forest, a rural part of southern England with superb cycling. I've also worked and commuted in London. I've done some short tours, also tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away. Doing this, I've cycled quite a bit of western Europe.

I started out riding several years ago to lose weight, these days its to maintain fitness and for fun. I've been maintaining my own bikes (mostly) for years, and recently got a bike mechanic qualification. I'm also a motorist. In real life my background is computer software, I run my own company which is pretty much a part-time gig these days.


Mar
4
answered Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
Mar
3
comment Size advice needed for Revolution Country Traveller touring bike
I have the same inside leg as you but am 5cm shorter overall. When I look for a bike I'll start at 53/54cm and work from there. If this information helps you, great. If it doesn't, there's a reason...
Mar
1
comment How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?
A good LBS will certainly be adjusting things to make sure everything is "just so", but out of the factory, a bike will come with bb and cranks all set up. So expect to pay both for new parts, and time taken to install them. Just an observation, but I do find it quite surprising when someone buys a brand new bike and then starts swapping parts immediately. Can you not find a "factory" bike more suitable for your needs?
Mar
1
comment Using PTFE spray on rear derailleur springs
I realise that the question is slightly different, but in terms of the answers could this be a possible duplicate of Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?
Feb
28
revised Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
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Feb
28
comment Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
Haha, yeah these things have a nasty habit of reminding us! If taking it to a shop is an option, do it. You'll be surprised how easy they'll make it look, it's all about having the right tools.
Feb
28
answered Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
Feb
28
comment How to increase range of disc brake pistons?
Before you bleed the system, take the pads out again and try pushing the pistons back manually (head of a flat screwdriver, gently, can be effective). Sometimes the pistons get stuck and need pushing back. Could be this will make no difference and you'll need to bleed the system anyway, but if this works, it only takes a couple of minutes.
Feb
28
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
Side Cutters / Cross Cutters
Feb
27
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
@ChrisCleeland that may be the case, but different outer cables (spiral or linear) should ideally be cut with different cutters (side or cross) so as to achieve a clean cut
Feb
27
comment What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?
@jimirings yeah, my hunch also. I also agree that it is a very complex approach when all you're "gaining" is a shaped chainguard.
Feb
27
comment What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?
oh, and +1 btw, because this seems a reasonable question and did not deserve a downvote
Feb
27
comment What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?
Nope, you're not missing anything as far as I can tell. It would be good to see a pic without the chain guard - I wonder if they have done something to pull the chain in toward the frame?
Feb
27
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
no, I'd definitely shorten that. Easy enough to do, just make sure you use cutters designed for gear cable (as opposed to brake cable)
Feb
26
comment Is BMC PRO MACHINE SLC01 2009 compatible with Ultegra Di2?
Given that you have 6800 already, it might even be less work than a normal groupset replacement - you may get away with replacing just derailleurs and shifters (but you should check this). My comment above was largely based on expense - I reckon a good deal on a whole new bike would not be a lot more than buying a new DI2 group. Plus the new frame will have been designed with DI2 in mind (in terms of keeping cables out of the way)
Feb
26
comment Is BMC PRO MACHINE SLC01 2009 compatible with Ultegra Di2?
In theory, yes, although you picked an expensive way to upgrade. The fly in thei' ointment could be internal /external cable routing, might also need to compromise on where you house the battery. I've kinda decided to do this upgrade myself (one day), except when I go for it, I'll replace the whole bike.
Feb
25
comment Which bottom bracket do I need to replace crank on a Trek FX 7.1?
Hmmm, that bike is still in production but they don't mention the bb on their spec sheet. For sure it will be English - Italian threading is basically confined to Italian high-end road bikes. You might need to measure the bb that is in there to get the exact size. Shimano offer several groupsets at different levels of quality, check their web site (Tiagra is middle of the road).
Feb
23
comment Torque for front caliper bolt.
that number certainly sounds reasonable to me (I have a carbon bike myself but have never messed around with the fork). But the first tool I bought having got the bike was a torque wrench!
Feb
23
comment 9x4 spoke pattern
I can't see any technical advantage either, I'd put it down to appearance. I mean, all the normal rules wrt lacing still apply.
Feb
23
comment Air Pressure on wheels
Possibly. It would be interesting to see a graph on how the weight of a cyclist affected the area of tyre surface in contact with the road. I know that load can have an effect with cars, but car tyres generally run at far lower pressures than bicycles.