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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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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.


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revised My Gears Are not Shifting Well
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Sep
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comment brand new fixie, different sized dropouts - send back?
I think you have a case for saying it is "not as described". The seller is saying this is new, but is that rust I see on your close-ups? Forget the issue with the forks, new bikes should not have rust - period. I hope you paid by Paypal, you should have a guarantee. The serious issue here is that you get what you pay for, and you won't get a decent bike new for that price. My advice is to look at some of the questions on here regarding buying second hand. Use the search box, top right.
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revised brand new fixie, different sized dropouts - send back?
looks like the Op has written extended information on the question, but in an answer. So I'm copying the photos from the answer into the question, and will put a note on their "answer"
Sep
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on how to translate MTB wheel specifications?
Sep
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Looking for advice on upgrading
Sep
25
comment how to translate MTB wheel specifications?
good link, good site, +1
Sep
25
comment protecting your man part while cycling
With the exception of the "man parts" nonsense, this is actually a reasonable question. It highlights that saddles are very much a personal choice, and that what might be a great fit for someone may be a poor fit for someone else. As regards the "infinity seat", could be there is something in it. If it is comfortable for you, then great. But I'd suggest that this will likely be determined by your sit bones rather than your manhood!
Sep
25
comment Looking for advice on upgrading
I don't have first-hand experience, but I've heard it said that you could also fit aero bars to try and improve your position and get some more speed. But this again feels like square peg/round hole
Sep
25
comment How to select a cyclocross bike at around £800
@Emyr I gave the op the benefit of the doubt here, since he doesn't actually say "what bike should I get", rather seems to be asking whether he will be able to get a bike for his budget. But yes, in that respect I thought it was an odd question, I can't see how he'll gain a lot by asking what he has asked.
Sep
25
comment How to select a cyclocross bike at around £800
In fact a quick look on Wiggle puts you slap in the low-to-middle of their range. But as I say you will probably start to see better deals on bikes as you look around.
Sep
25
comment How to select a cyclocross bike at around £800
Hi, welcome to Bicycles SE. £800 sounds very feasible for an intermediate CX bike. Obviously you can go into the thousands if you put your mind to it, but for your price mark you should find something ridable. On the assumption that you are in the UK, you might even get some good deals at this time of year and for the next few months - the main selling time (summer) is over, and bike shops will want to make room for 2015 stock (which will arrive in about February). Just make sure to avoid the Christmas "blip".
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Sep
24
comment Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?
sorry @Vorac I don't understand that question...wrapped? Do you mean warped?
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Sep
24
comment Front wheel bent
getting it repaired - may or may not be possible, may or may not be cost effective. If it's a cheap bike, I'd be tempted just to look on eBay to get an idea of how much a new wheel will cost. Would you know what you're looking for?
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answered Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?