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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 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.


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answered Difference between wet and dry chain lube
Aug
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revised Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?
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Aug
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answered Is it best to put oil on the inner or outer of the chain?
Aug
23
comment Bike rear wheel assembly
well, I've told you the correct way. But hey, it's not me that will ride on it. Good luck.
Aug
23
comment Bike rear wheel assembly
Er...let me see. You've tried building a wheel, it won't go into dish, you've come on here and asked if you've built it wrong, you don't like the answer, so you're going to continue building it anyway? Go for it! Seriously, look again at that diagram and imagine what's going to happen.
Aug
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revised Bike rear wheel assembly
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Aug
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comment Bike rear wheel assembly
Yes that can be a problem. There is a special tool (a spoke ruler) which can help you measure. Alternatively maybe its time for new spokes?
Aug
23
revised Bike rear wheel assembly
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Aug
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revised Bike rear wheel assembly
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Aug
23
answered Bike rear wheel assembly
Aug
23
comment Risks/problems of a short chain
@Jahaziel fear of doing anything is overrated, if you're going to do it properly. By and large, my reluctance to mess with chains increases with number of gears.
Aug
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Which public transport networks allow you to transport a bike?
Aug
22
comment Is it acceptable to cycle towards the centre of the lane on blind corners?
Actually, it is for your safety. Faced with an either/or situation of hitting a car travelling in the opposite direction, or hitting a bicycle travelling slowly in the same direction, I suspect most motorists would opt to hit the bike. It sounds like you're riding perfectly sensibly to try and discourage them from getting themselves into this situation in the first place.
Aug
21
comment What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD
@Kibbee in fairness, you do get a free bottle ;)
Aug
21
comment What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD
@Kibbee yep, you've only got to look at carbon pedals to see that. The bike manufacturers will charge whatever they can get away with in the marketplace. Sad but true. Cervelo in particular has a very good name.
Aug
20
answered Where to buy (carbon) framesets?
Aug
20
comment Where to buy (carbon) framesets?
I've been told that most carbon frames come from just a couple of factories, and furthermore that only the largest bike companies even use their own moulds. This doesn't necessarily help you but it might go some way to explaining why your problem exists. I agree with @Batman but to try and help you....I think people in the UK like Ribble Cycles and PlanetX take generic frames and brand them. They might be able to help you.
Aug
19
comment Lock ring won't reattach on bottom bracket
It was like that when you bought it? I'd guess that what might have happened is that the guy who sold it might have tried to change the bottom bracket, but bought an Italian-threaded bb when an English-threaded bb was required. Best case, you might just need the correct bb. Worst case, they might have tried to force everything and stuffed up the threading in the shell. Really, if you're unsure, take it to a shop and have them look at it.
Aug
18
comment Use a lock nut on a presta valve?
+1 - it's just there!
Aug
17
comment Cramps/pain in feet and toes after turbo trainer rides and cyclocross races
Is there any chance you could summarise that link and submit it as an answer? It's just that I can't see the solution without registering on the Quora site, which I don't really want to have to do. It'll make the question a bit more complete if someone else on here has the same problem. There's no problem on here if you answer your own questions. Cheers.