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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.


Sep
24
answered Why is it important to keep equal number of turns when building a wheel?
Sep
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In which orientation should a front wheel be installed?
Sep
23
comment Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?
@tedder42 I have a choice around here, but overall not brilliant - few km @ 6%, 500m @ 8%, 1km @ 12%, 200m @ 25%. Apart from the last, I can get up them all. 25% is atypical - it is just a brute force ramp and I don't enjoy doing it. But I don't consider myself at all a good climber.
Sep
22
comment Gearing on drivetrains
@Blam was assuming a crank change too.
Sep
22
comment Gearing on drivetrains
I see a 32T@110 bcd on a single speed site, but I totally agree with you - this is a <10% gain, you could spend your time and money and find that it doesn't feel a whole lot different.
Sep
22
comment Gearing on drivetrains
For example, on my favourite single speed site (Velosolo), I can see some 32T rings which might help you. Also there must exist 30T rings which are used on triples. But whether they could fit onto your double, and importantly whether you'd still be able to shift effectively, I don't know.
Sep
22
comment Gearing on drivetrains
I think you are pretty much at the limit as regards vanilla Shimano options. But really, all this means is that you need to start thinking "outside the box". For example you can get smaller chain rings, its just that you'll need to do some research as to the number of teeth, the bcd etc - they won't be conveniently labelled "Tiagra" or "Sora". It might help to check out some single speed chainrings, then to look at how you could fit them together into a double chainring.
Sep
21
comment Is there a way to merge tracks within a GPX file?
Also, this does not answer your question, but you could probably recreate these courses from scratch, on a site that shows off-road trails. One site I hsve found useful in the past is GPSies - the front page shows an interactive map (including cycle paths), but it also contains utilities to convert between different formats.
Sep
21
comment Is there a way to merge tracks within a GPX file?
I'm not sure this question is a dup of that other one, so will refrain from voting to close. However I think the answer to this question might also be a "no", unfortunately. But as @JamesBradbury notes in the other question, these files are essentially xml files so some hacking may be possible in a text editor. How patient a man are you? ;-)
Sep
20
comment Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?
If it has just come back from the shop, I think you have a right to take it back and ask them to take another look. It's correct to say that this gear shouldn't be used when cycling, but equally it shouldn't slip. That looks like its only a 9sp cassette so should not be beyond their ability.
Sep
20
comment Buying mudguard and pannier together vs separately
No, I've never seen combi panniers/fenders. The only thing that springs to mind is the faff of fitting them (might be easier to fit a single piece of kit than to get two bits of kit to boogie) but even this goes out of the window if you're planning on using your lbs
Sep
20
answered Can I change my 7-speed rear derailleur to an 8-speed?
Sep
19
comment Hill riding: What gears are usually the most comfortable?
I can only speak from personal experience so will leave this as a comment, but I find that 28T, with a standard double chainset - not compact - is enough to get me up any hills I climb. Sure, 32T will make life easier, but also slower - if you're worried about KOM times then speed will be relevant to you too.
Sep
18
comment New wheelset, spokes losing tension
I went on a course a short while ago that included wheelbuilding. Based on that, I think it would be a difficult thing to teach yourself - we spent something like 2 days on this one subject, compared to a couple of hours on things like drivetrains. Even with SE and resources like YouTube. Sounds like you already have the gear, I would recommend going on a course to learn how to use it. If you are in the UK, I may be able to recommend someone.
Sep
18
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What type of brakes is least subject to failure in the winter?
Sep
17
awarded  Pundit
Sep
16
comment Should I use lights in foggy conditions?
I think one close shave will be enough to convince yourself of the answer here. Battery life is cheap and it is amazing the number of drivers who will say "Sorry mate, I didn't see you" (google SMIDSY) even in good light. Give yourself every possible advantage.
Sep
12
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
12
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
11
comment Are there any permanent solutions for holes smaller than 1cm on outer tyre?
good answer, I wasn't aware this type of product existed. Ever used them in anger?