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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.


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revised Should I grease press fit attachements?
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comment Key Stuck in bike lock!
if it proves too easy to break the lock, you might want to replace it with a different one!
Nov
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answered Should I grease press fit attachements?
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revised what make and model is this bike please?
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Nov
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comment Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?
I think,. as it stands, this answer is too subjective to be particularly useful. It would help if you could explain why you say what you say. I must admit I agree with @Batman, in that it depends on factors that the op hasn't even discussed, yet your answer reads as if it is a no-brainer
Nov
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comment Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?
This sounds to me like a "project". It will probably cost more than you think in terms of money and time (e.g. tools), so I'd suggest that you only embark on it if its something you're going to find interesting along the way. If not, I'd get a quote from a shop to restore the bike, and stack that against the costs of a new or secondhand bikes
Oct
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comment Can I use Edge 510 as an indoor trainer computer
@GriffinEvo That sounds about right to me. Also, I have access to an online manual for my 800 through my.garmin.com - it would surprise me if you couldn't see a 510 manual there
Oct
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answered Carbon fibre vs aluminium for racing
Oct
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comment Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?
Before you go out and buy anything, when you next go out for a ride, make a note of exactly how much time you spend in top gear. I don't want to damp your enthusiasm, but everything here is screaming "not worth it" = especially when in the same breath you're wanting 30T for climbing.
Oct
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comment will increasing cadence ability hurt my climbing strength?
What you have been told is true, and the secret to climbing quickly is maintaining a high cadence. (I just wish I could!) But the trick is to spin with the right level of resistance such that you don't lose your strength. There isn't really any magic bullet here.
Oct
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revised upgrading components on replacement?
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answered upgrading components on replacement?
Oct
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comment Can't remove lockring
I'm sorry but there are special tools to remove freewheels and cassettes and not using them is just asking for trouble. Especially when, in the next, breath, you're advocating hammering things. These things are built to be screwed and unscrewed, not to be bludgeoned.
Oct
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reviewed Reject How should I negotiate price with bicycle salespeople?
Oct
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comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
good answer, good pics, I do exactly the same on my audax bike. How did I not see that question before I wrote my answer? [rhetorical]
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
I probably should also have said that the use of clipless pedals has to be learned, in particularly unclipping sufficiently quickly so you don't fall right over when you come to a halt! But maybe that's a bit beyond the scope of the question.
Oct
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comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
@andy256 yeah, good point, it's probably another area the Op should look into. Personally, I dislike SPD (I'd agree they're easier to walk in, but not that they're easier to ride in), but again it should be driven by how you'll ride. From a purely practical point, the shoes that you'd need to use the SPD system are different to the shoes you'd need for other systems - the soles are different.
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