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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.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, 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
21
comment Replacement crankset for Shimano SG B 52/39?
By standard, I mean that your requirements can probably be satisfied by a number of parts. If the cranks don't exist in the Sora range, try looking up the ranges - Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace. The only thing you need to be aware of is that cranks are built for a certain speed (e.g. 10-speed) and the manufacturers recommend matching this speed with the number of gears on your cassette. The trouble with this question is that it sounds very much like you're looking for a product rec, and such questions are off-topic on this site.
Feb
21
comment Replacement crankset for Shimano SG B 52/39?
Your bike sounds pretty standard to be honest. Your best bet is to look at the Shimano web site, I would be surprised if you can't find everything listed on there in the USA. Certainly 52/39 is a standard combination.
Feb
20
comment Help for wind noise
Surely the problem with this is that if you block the noise of the wind, you also block the noise of traffic? Or are you in a traffic-free environment?
Feb
20
comment SRAM xx1 1 x 11 drive train very noisey
My first guess would be that the derailleur isn't adjusted properly.
Feb
19
comment Can a 7 speed Derailleur work on a 8 speed cassette
That's a good link @FredtheMagicWonderDog.
Feb
19
comment Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains
bear in mind that it is quite difficult to pin down the differences between a hybrid and a mtb, in a general sense. It is often down to suspension and wheels/tyres, but you find exceptions to any rules of thumb.
Feb
18
comment I sit real far back on my saddle
Regardless of whether you have a big ass, or a long torso, these factors should have all been made irrelevant when the shop helped you with the fit. You can adjust the saddle, as you say there are safety limits on the saddle that you shouldn't ignore. It might also be possible to get a longer stem (can be done quite cheaply). Worst case, your frame might be too small.
Feb
18
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Feb
18
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Feb
18
revised Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
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18
answered Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
Feb
18
comment Retrofit lockout for a suspension fork?
Yes it is possible but it will probably work out more expensive than buying a bike with the appropriate spec. The cost of parts bought separately is generally quite a lot more than when they're bought as part of the "bike package"
Feb
18
comment Hydraulic disk brakes starts braking after pulling the half of the lever, how can I solve this problem with the brakes?
they need bleeding to get the air out of the system. Type the model number of your brakes into YouTube, along with the word "bleed" and you will likely find a video on how to do it
Feb
16
comment Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?
+1 for suggesting a fag break halfway. Classic.
Feb
15
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Feb
15
reviewed Reject What kind of Huffy is it?