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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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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Chain Slipping?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why are aero bars usually disallowed in gran fondos?
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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?
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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.
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Jul
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answered Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker
Jul
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Sticky / broken floor pump head?
Jul
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comment Chain Slipping?
Did you actually take the chain off the bike? (You'd need a tool to do this.)
Jul
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comment Chain Slipping?
what did you do when you fixed the puncture? did that coincide with the start of the problems?
Jul
27
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Jul
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comment Chain falling off inner chain ring no matter how L screw is set
front derailleur cable loose? When it slips, what kind of tension is in the cable? What happens when you put the bike on a stand? Can you shift up and down the gears? It sounds like the front derailleur might be slipping.
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answered Cycling position for commuting
Jul
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comment Cycling position for commuting
broadly, seat and handlebar height, but also the horizontal distance between them. Give us some more information - how long is your commute? how fast do you ride? how much luggage do you need to carry? I suspect comfort will be your main concern.
Jul
26
comment Choosing the correct Bottom Bracket
Also, I replaced a press-fit bb on my road bike last year. There are separate tools both for removing and for fitting, each tool cost a couple of times more than the bb itself. Unless you specifically want to do it yourself, it may be less hassle, and also cheaper, to take it to your LBS and letting them find out what is needed.
Jul
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comment Choosing the correct Bottom Bracket
What did Commencal say when you contacted them?