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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.


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.
Feb
23
comment Can't shift to gear one or two
If the chain is jumping, or coming off the cassette, you could say it is dangerous in that you could unexpectedly lose traction. If not, then as you say, you're just losing some gears.
Feb
23
comment Air Pressure on wheels
Pressure does affect performance - you only need to imagine the extremes to see this. However "perfect" pressure would happen on a per-tyre basis.
Feb
23
comment Having the fork blades aligned
To the best of my knowledge, this kind of work is done using a clamp and some brute force - there's no science going on. If it were me, I'd have a go myself
Feb
22
reviewed Approve Specialized Rock Hopper (1987) - Service
Feb
22
comment Torque for front caliper bolt.
1 pound inch = 0.112 984 829 33 newton meter (if anyone is interested!)
Feb
22
comment Can't shift to gear one or two
It sounds like you have adjusted things, but not correctly. Set the limit screws first - you can just use your hand on the derailleur to do this, you don't need to faff around changing the gears. Once they're set, leave them alone and concentrate on the tension.
Feb
22
comment Torque for front caliper bolt.
Have you asked Felt?
Feb
21
comment Replacement crankset for Shimano SG B 52/39?
If you look on Shimano's (US) site, check out the FC-2300 which is an 8-speed 52/39 crankset. The only reservation is that the 2300 group is quite some way down Shimano's product range....I'm not sure how good it is, basically