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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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answered Bicycles riding in pedestrian crosswalks — Houston
Jan
31
comment What type of shoes should I get with regular pedals
So you want to keep the same (flat) pedals, but possibly use different shoes if they can of transfer more power to the pedal than you do now? What do you ride in right now?
Jan
31
comment Bicycles riding in pedestrian crosswalks — Houston
I can't find anything in the Help section saying that questions combining cycling and the law are by definition "off topic". The topic was discussed in 2012 in Meta but with no conclusion. That said, a question asking about something in a single, specific location.....it just strikes me as far too localized to be of any benefit to a wider audience.
Jan
31
comment Clicking noise coming from cog on fixed gear
OK, but noise is inherently made by two things rubbing that shouldn't. Which is why I suggested that the chain might be rubbing on a bent tooth. When you took the wheel off, was it to change either the sprocket or the chain?
Jan
31
comment Clicking noise coming from cog on fixed gear
The only other thing I can think of, which would change if you took the wheel off and put it back on, is the actual tension of the chain. Do you have horizontal dropouts? With the bike in a stand, if you remove the chain altogether and just spin the wheel, do you still get the noise?
Jan
31
comment Clicking noise coming from cog on fixed gear
When you say chain appears to bounce, do you mean it could be sticking slightly to the sprocket? This might indicate that one of the teeth is bent. I managed to do this on my chainring once. I'd certainly suggest you take things apart such that you can get a closer look.
Jan
29
comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
@Blam a Trek Madone frame is made of 7 pieces, which are moulded individually then glued together. However it is far too simplistic to think of these pieces as "tubes" in the steel sense. So it depends what you mean by "good" I suppose - I suspect there are several different manufacturing techniques going on, there's some really interesting stuff on the web about this, the Op should probably google this if he's sufficiently interested to ask questions on here.
Jan
29
comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
I'd be as concerned as much about the stress on the carbon joints (I think they are bonded by epoxy resin) as the tubes themselves.
Jan
29
revised How to align a chain on a single speed
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Jan
29
revised How to align a chain on a single speed
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Jan
29
answered How to align a chain on a single speed
Jan
28
comment Unlock cleat from clipless pedal
On the bright side at least you didn't have your foot in the shoe at the time
Jan
28
comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
Yeah. The other thing, putting aside the "difficult to service" comment, is that the actual problem right now is just some worn pads. In itself, that problem is easy to sort - swapping pads should only take a couple of minutes.
Jan
26
reviewed Approve Brake pads and removing the wheels
Jan
26
comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
Thanks @Claus. Actually it was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rolr6fsZJtk, but YouTube is littered with them. It was mainly to try and give some ideas over and above the ubiquitous gels and bars
Jan
25
comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
This vid might be helpful - The Musette - What Do Pro Cyclists Eat?. It has all the usual bars and gels, but also interesting "fresh" concoctions that are prepared each day from "real" ingredients. I think it would be useful to plan some proper meal stops, though, if you are able.
Jan
25
comment Garmin edge 510
Going from memory I think Garmin say that the sensor needs to be within 5mm of the magnet. That sort of ballpark anyway. But it would be strange for the device to drop both speed and cadence data - normally if you knock the sensor it will end up further away from one magnet (so you lose that data) but closer to the other magnet (so you still get that data). Battery life should be in the order of a year.
Jan
25
comment Garmin edge 510
Yeah, the manual for this device steps through how to pair them, what you should see on the sensor re LEDs etc. How much of that have you tried and what were the results? It would be strange indeed if, having paid a lot of money for the device, you hadn't read the User Manual along the way.
Jan
23
revised Which CARRERA model is this one?
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Jan
22
answered Is there a difference between the durability of the chains with 1/8 and 3/32 inch?