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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, UK
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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, and generally tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away.

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.


Nov
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comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
+1, I stand corrected. I've not come across this before
Nov
11
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
Just to clarify...the left shifter is working the front derailleur, the right working the rear? I mean, that's convention. You sometimes get brakes swapped around ("British" vs "Continental" setup) but I haven't seen that with gears.
Nov
11
comment Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?
Nope, that's not normal, they should be parallel. It's a trivial problem to solve, though, just a case of rewiring the gear cables. If the bike is new, you have a good case for taking it back to the shop and asking them to do it - they'll have cables to hand and it'll only take someone half an hour. Unless maybe the shifters have been swapped around....but that would be strange and even then, the unshielded cables shouldn't cross.
Nov
7
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
@jimirings I interpreted the question as "does something exist", not "can you recommend one". Mattsolar, you could try rephrasing the question so it is more clearly worded along these lines, though I suspect the die has already been cast
Nov
6
comment Is there a 3rd party tool to create a heat map of all activities in a specific area?
Seems a reasonable question to me
Nov
6
comment Bike chain too long?
To answer your specific question, the chain length can be calculated, and whether or not the bike is in a stand should make no difference. It would be helpful here if you knew what the repairman had tweaked in order for him to say he'd fixed the problem
Nov
6
comment Difference between 3 campy 80mm deep section wheels
Can you see what weights they are? Or maybe different hubs? Or rim material? Any of these might give a better idea of the differences. Rim depth is just one descriptor.
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5
comment Chain link jams after reassembling the rivet
That looks like a miniature tool, so yes there are other tools about. Try looking for a tool described as a "workshop" tool - these tend to be beefier but also heavier and not as portable. Ideal for sitting at home, not so good for taking on a ride.
Nov
4
comment How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?
@BenediktBauer yeah, I was thinking mainly in terms of it giving the op more time to respond to the situation. I wasn't really thinking about the animal!
Nov
4
comment How to avoid running over animals whilst cycling on a canal at night?
My main advice, especially on a towpath, is never to swerve. With this in mind, is a better light an option?
Nov
4
comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
I'd certainly hold off giving someone specific medical advice, but this question does appear to be somewhat more general in nature. I think it should be kept open.
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comment Problems with Edge 510 Cadence/Speed Sensor
Can you clarify, you're talking about the CSC-10? I must admit I've got one of these sensors on each of my bikes and never see dropouts. I have an 800. Could it maybe be your 510 unit?
Nov
4
comment Should I grease press fit attachements?
Well, one of the things that made me suppose that the grease wasn't anything I'd done, is that the grease I use is a different colour.
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