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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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I have a variety of bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a fast Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, even a Dutch granny bike (omafiets) - which I ride depending on mood, route and weather. I ride mostly on the road, although I also like the velodrome. I've done some offroading but definitely prefer tarmac.

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 try to lose weight, but I've now trimmed down quite a bit so these days its mainly because I enjoy it. I do my own bike maintenance, where possible, and am also a motorist.


Jul
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comment What U-lock has a reasonable weight to safety ratio?
Heavier locks are in general more difficult to break. I have a few Fahgeddaboutit locks which are very heavy but also pretty good. You're suggesting that you're willing to compromise on the quality to save weight. What makes this question difficult to answer is that the rest of us have no idea how far you are prepared to compromise. None of us know what your definition of "reasonable" is.
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revised How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
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Jul
13
comment Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring
+1, top 2 points here are key when buying.
Jul
13
comment Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring
wow, 52 is a lot, no wonder you want to swap down. As a guide, my fixie came out of the factory with just 44 teeth up front, I swapped it to 48.
Jul
13
comment Do I have all needed for flip flop swap
I agree with Mσᶎ, but just to chip in that I've found the quality of freewheels to vary enormously, so deciding which one to go for may need some thought. In particular cheap ones off eBay didn't impress me. In the end I shelled out for a White Industries Eno freewheel, but this was about the fourth one I tried and was far more expensive than the other three.
Jul
12
comment Suitability of Giant Aero RS2 for occaisonal on-road mountain trips
@Halfgaar we tend not to get into specific products on here, as they can get obsolete quickly. Also if three of use responded, one would say Giant, one would say Koga and one would say Canondale, and you'd be none the wiser! I think Batman's answer is very much along the right lines. Broadly speaking you'll get what you pay for, and if you're looking at spending €1000 or more, you should end up with something decent.
Jul
12
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
@whatsisname nothing wrong with that, except I specifically wanted to explore options with cycling glasses
Jul
12
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Jul
11
answered Prescription Cycling Glasses
Jul
11
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
If the site allowed me to accept two answers, I would have accepted this as one of them. With some further research I found an optician only around 10 miles away who was able to help. Not with Oakleys but with Bollé Tempests - the same kind of transition glasses though. (I've been wearing non-prescription Bollé eyewear for cycling for many years, but had no idea of the prescription side of things until I started digging.) Thanks once again.
Jul
11
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
I've marked this as "accepted" simply because this answer enlightened me the most. As it happens I had the discussion with the optician and we agreed that while contacts would not be impossible, I'd end up just putting a lens in one of my eyes (for distance, my close up vision is still very good). He made it sound like something of a faff. Even the glasses I got, I have to take them off for close up stuff like computers. So, for now, I've gone down the glasses route. Prescription, transition Bolle Tempest cycling glasses cost GBP300 (USD400ish?)
Jul
11
comment What are some good films about cycling?
I'm afraid @Vorac's correct - in fact I remember a very similar question got closed about 6 months ago. Closure reason would either have been because it was too broad (i.e. too many possible answers) or because it was looking for opinion-based answers - hint, you could pre-empt the latter with a slight reword of the question. But that having been said, I think this question will serve as a useful resource, so I'm not going to vote to close it.
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comment “Quick Fix” Tyre Repair Spray Cans
Out of interest, how tall is that can?
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comment Armadillo's or Kevlar Inserts?
I think this is a valid question, but you might get more responses if you edited it to get rid of some of the irrelevancies.
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