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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, 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
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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
answered Can a 7 speed Derailleur work on a 8 speed cassette
Feb
18
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revised Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
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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
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Feb
15
reviewed Reject What kind of Huffy is it?
Feb
14
comment Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?
Assuming flat roadway, for 9 miles I'd guess at 45 mins +/- 15 mins, depending on how fast a rider you are. So if you put yourself at the slow end of that scale, do you think you're fit enough to ride for an hour? Obviously these are ballpark numbers, but for 9 miles you're not talking 10 minutes and you're not talking 2 or 3 hours (hope not anyway!). But look, if it scares you try and think of ways you can make it easier for yourself. Cycling is a sure fire way to get yourself fit, good luck.
Feb
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comment Could I bike 9 mile a day home from work starting with no current exercise?
9 miles is not a lot for an experienced/fit rider but might prove to be a challenge for a noob. You say it is flat but don't mention what surface - roadway? You say you're thinking of getting a bike...any chance you could borrow one and try the ride out, before you commit to buying one? Just to see how comfortable you are?
Feb
14
comment San Francisco Bay Trail: current map of completed/proposed routes
There are several web sites (e.g. Strava, RideWithGPS, Garmin Connect, MapMyRide) which allow people to publish routes that they have planned/ridden. It is probably worth looking at these sites to see if there is anything "off the shelf" that you can use.
Feb
14
comment Is it legal to ride on sidewalks in Georgia?
Yeah,obviously where I was coming from with my comment was to see if there could be some kind of canonical answer to the question. That site looks interesting @DanielRHicks but the couple of states In looked at only seemed to be current up to 2012. But I guess that just exemplifies the problem.