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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.


Jul
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comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
Well, Sheldon seems to think that bolts are more popular than qr purely for historical reasons in velodromes. As for the amount of force, I can only answer personally - I have always found both mechs to be "enough" to hold the wheel firmly. This is why I posted my original comment.
Jul
31
comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
Interesting point, you seem to be asserting that you will get a tighter connection with a nut than you will with a qr, but is this really the case?
Jul
30
comment Choosing hubs and rims for training road wheels
Is building the wheels part of the exercise? I mean, if they're just cheap training wheels you're looking for, I'd wonder whether it would be cheaper to buy than to build. If you do decide to build, might be worth talking to some shops to see if they have any end-of-line hubs or rims etc. that they can let you have cheaply, just to take the stock off their hands
Jul
30
comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
For the record, the Sheldon link says that either hollow or solid axle is fine.
Jul
30
comment Small Tear in Michelin Pro4 Tire, Does It Need To Be Replaced?
This is a known ploy for getting yourself home at a pinch. But that doesn't seem to be what the op is asking.
Jul
30
comment Small Tear in Michelin Pro4 Tire, Does It Need To Be Replaced?
You obviously have to factor how damaged the tyre is, but whenever I'm faced with this dilemma, I ask myself the question, do I want to fix it in the comfort of my garage, or do I want to fix it on the roadside 25 miles from home?
Jul
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on 7-speed MTB cassette on 8/9-speed wheel hub, where does spacer go?
Jul
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why is it important to keep bearing sets when greasing a campagnolo hub?
Jul
29
comment Rear wheel rubs frame after tire change
It sounds to me like you've worked yourself up into a state of confusion. I'd recommend going to your bike shop and asking them to sort it, if only so that you have a reference point for next time. It is a trivial job so won't cost much.
Jul
29
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Jul
29
reviewed No Action Needed Rear wheel rubs frame after tire change
Jul
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Chain Slipping?
Jul
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why are aero bars usually disallowed in gran fondos?
Jul
28
comment Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker
@DanielRHicks I've edited my answer to highlight your second point - I didn't mean to suggest that power links were a complete alternative. Was unaware of the plier-type tool but am seeing a Park CT-2 - is this the kind of thing you mean?
Jul
28
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Jul
28
comment Can I upgrade V-brake to disk brake for Cannondale Quick Cx 5
Off the top of my head, the two problems I'd foresee would be attaching the rotors to the wheels, and attaching the callipers to the fork/frame. If you can crack these you should be sorted.
Jul
28
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Jul
28
answered Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker