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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.


Jun
26
comment What are the most important accessories for a new biker to get?
Good answer. Only comment is on point 4, you forgot the tyre lever. I carry both a spare and a kit - on the road I much prefer just swapping out the tube, but if I have multiple punctures I'm going to have to start fixing them.
Jun
26
comment Is it worth it to get a bike computer with cadence?
but the "need" could simply be "out of interest" rather than anything tangible
Jun
26
answered Is it worth it to get a bike computer with cadence?
Jun
25
comment I need help to identify this bike
If I were you I'd start with trying to clean up the frame and the forks, because I think ultimately that'll determine whether it flies or not. I suspect even if someone recognised it, you're probably going to be measuring things like the bottom bracket for size, and finding and fitting something compatible. And I never realised we had a "rust" tag on here before, so +1 for that! Good luck.
Jun
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
comment Does the National Bike Registry work?
Another point, semi related to the first, is that ideally there can only be one of these schemes. Your last sentence - the last thing a bike shop is going to want to do is to check through five or six databases with this query. Exactly the same goes for a cop. I mention this because in the UK there are a few such schemes, seemingly in competition.
Jun
25
revised Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics
changed wording slightly to incorporate Moz's comment
Jun
25
comment Does the National Bike Registry work?
I think these schemes need a critical mass to be effective. Possibly the ideal (from a registration perspective) would be to have the same kind of thing as a central automobile database, but for bikes. But that brings its own issues...
Jun
24
comment Asking for Feedback about my Bike Lock Invention
@BenediktBauer we have a "close" button for dup questions, but what about dup inventions?
Jun
24
revised Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics
added a couple of pics to demonstrate different geometries
Jun
24
answered Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics
Jun
24
comment Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics
@Nikhil it was quite difficult to read your question so I took the liberty of making a few edits to hopefully make the meaning more clear. Please review it and check that my wording is consistent with your original question.
Jun
24
revised Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics
Tried to clean up as best I could, but not overly clear in some places
Jun
23
comment Can you help identify this bike?
which country are you in? does it look like its been repainted? do you see a serial number (normally found under the bottom bracket)?
Jun
23
revised Can you help identify this bike?
added tags
Jun
23
comment Exchange FSA K-Force Light chainset with a SRAM RED
star-shaped = splined. But unfortunately that's my limit! Sorry.
Jun
23
awarded  Civic Duty
Jun
23
comment Rear wheel at edge of dropouts on a Surly Cross Check
I wouldn't be happy if my wheel were right at the edge of my dropout, especially if it were a bike shop that put it there! There are several questions on here regarding chain length - for example - so much so I was almost tempted to mark this as a duplicate. Incidentally, one of the roles of the rear derailleur is to take care of tension. If the chain is the right length, and the derailleur adjusted correctly, the tension will always be correct.
Jun
23
comment Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?
Most probably it doesn't really matter, punctures have a nasty habit of just happening. Even puncture-resistant tyres will wear out naturally sooner or later, so will need to be replaced. I'd base your purchasing decision on other factors.
Jun
23
comment Exchange FSA K-Force Light chainset with a SRAM RED
You might want to double-check since I'm not 100% but I think maybe your current bb will be ok. I have a Shimano press-fit bb and am happily running Hollowtech 2 cranks. I'd make sure on the sram site. Note that press fit bb's are a pita - special tool to remove, another special tool to insert. Each tool costs more than the bb itself.