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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, UK
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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.


Jul
16
comment Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods?
I don't know if this will help, but any 9-speed Shimano road shifters would be compatible with your shifters. For example I've obtained 6500 parts, and also have a bike with a 9-speed 4500 Tiagra groupset, and don't seem to have problems sourcing these parts. Now I realise your asking about hoods as opposed to the full shifter, but maybe the hoods will be compatible? I don't know if they are or not but maybe it gives you another avenue down which to search.
Jul
15
comment chain getting stuck between chainrings
Where you said "cogs" I've edited it to "rings" as I think that's what you mean. Please revert if I got it wrong.
Jul
15
revised chain getting stuck between chainrings
"cogs" to "rings", I'm guessing that's what the op means
Jul
15
comment What's the best way to remove stick-on frame protectors
steam? You could see if a boiling kettle helps. Whatever else, it'll be pretty harmless
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on My key jammed in my U-lock. How can I unlock/break it?
Jul
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on chain getting stuck between chainrings
Jul
15
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
@andy256 they're a standard frame, but prescription, transition lenses. At the price, I am hoping that the transition aspect will save me money in the long run by allowing me to use the single lenses for all riding conditions. My "normal" (pre-prescription) cycling glasses, I have a few sets of non-transition lenses which I swap according to conditions - mainly I use either clear or brown shade. My hope is basically that the new glasses will go sufficiently clear to allow me to ride in winter.
Jul
15
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Jul
14
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
@user12879 also, be aware of how long the climbs are. I normally ride in the New Forest (quite flat) and got a shock when I rode in Mallorca because the 1km climbs I was used to were suddenly 6km climbs. Same kind of gradients just a lot longer.
Jul
13
revised How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
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Jul
13
comment What U-lock has a reasonable weight to safety ratio?
Heavier locks are in general more difficult to break. I have a few Fahgeddaboutit locks which are very heavy but also pretty good. You're suggesting that you're willing to compromise on the quality to save weight. What makes this question difficult to answer is that the rest of us have no idea how far you are prepared to compromise. None of us know what your definition of "reasonable" is.
Jul
13
revised How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
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Jul
13
revised How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
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Jul
13
answered How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
Jul
13
comment Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring
+1, top 2 points here are key when buying.
Jul
13
comment Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring
wow, 52 is a lot, no wonder you want to swap down. As a guide, my fixie came out of the factory with just 44 teeth up front, I swapped it to 48.
Jul
13
comment Do I have all needed for flip flop swap
I agree with Mσᶎ, but just to chip in that I've found the quality of freewheels to vary enormously, so deciding which one to go for may need some thought. In particular cheap ones off eBay didn't impress me. In the end I shelled out for a White Industries Eno freewheel, but this was about the fourth one I tried and was far more expensive than the other three.
Jul
12
comment Suitability of Giant Aero RS2 for occaisonal on-road mountain trips
@Halfgaar we tend not to get into specific products on here, as they can get obsolete quickly. Also if three of use responded, one would say Giant, one would say Koga and one would say Canondale, and you'd be none the wiser! I think Batman's answer is very much along the right lines. Broadly speaking you'll get what you pay for, and if you're looking at spending €1000 or more, you should end up with something decent.
Jul
12
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
@whatsisname nothing wrong with that, except I specifically wanted to explore options with cycling glasses
Jul
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Replace crankset or cassette for better road performance on an MTB?