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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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comment What differs between the Cervelo S5 and S5VWD
@Kibbee in fairness, you do get a free bottle ;)
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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.
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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.
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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.
Aug
17
comment Cramps/pain in feet and toes after turbo trainer rides and cyclocross races
You should replace the shoes and it could be something else! Can you not rule in/out other causes based on when you bought the shoes and when the pain started?
Aug
17
comment Can I replace my Shimano RX 100 with a Campagnolo group?
I'm not 100% so will only enter this as a comment...I suspect if you wanted to change every part of the groupset, you'd be fine. You also need to consider the freewheel body, not normally considered part of the groupset, but which is splined differently between Shim and Campag. Trying to do a partial conversion is a recipe for disaster, these two companies are famously incompatible with each other.
Aug
16
comment Will a 9 speed crank work with 10 speed groupset?
The question isn't an exact dup but the answers should give you the low-down. Although there are incompatibilities, its worth noting that people out there do run 9/10 mixtures.
Aug
15
comment Do more expensive bib shorts make a difference when sat on a turbo trainer for hours on end?
if you do go for assos, check out www.assosfactoryoutlet.com but I still think it's expensive
Aug
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comment Do more expensive bib shorts make a difference when sat on a turbo trainer for hours on end?
Bib shorts may or not make a difference, but the chamois might.But you realise the only way you'll find out for sure is to go buy a pair? You mention Assos, which is an excellent brand but also expensive. Consider also Etxeondo, if you can obtain them. Similar quality (at least I think so) and cheaper. I speak as someone who owns a fair amount of Assos kit but who now buys Etxeondo where possible. Difficult to get hold of though.
Aug
15
comment How can I interpret the intent of and respond to cars behind me honking?
If it's any consolation, it happens to us all, probably the world over. I get it maybe twice a year. I could never rationalise it either. "It's my road, not yours" is about the best I could come up with.
Aug
14
comment How do I replace road brakes?
I'm trying to work out the timeline here. Did you pose this question then immediately answer it yourself? Just wondering why... I can understand answering your own questions if you ask the question, do some research, then post your own answer. But that implies some kind of time difference between question and answer, and I don't see one here.
Aug
14
comment Lightweight foldable shoes for road cycling
I use the covers, have done for years. Wonderful. Also handy if the bike goes bang in the middle of a ride and you need to walk. And to protect the cleats when they're not in use. Foldable shoes will be bulkier in your pocket too. Given that they cost five bucks or so I'd suggest you try them and see what you think.
Aug
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comment Tools needed to perform groupset overhaul
In one of your other questions you mention that you have Zinn. It is a good choice of manual and IIRC he lists the tools that are (a) useful in general and (b) required for a specific task. I suggest you go read that and come back if you have any problems understanding it.
Aug
14
comment How to prevent freehub body damage?
I'd share your scepticism about a higher-end cassette. It's difficult to see how "Tiagra material" would cause this and "Ultegra material" wouldn't. More precise fit maybe?
Aug
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comment How to prevent freehub body damage?
Just an observation - I find it very surprising that this could happen to a 105 cassette, there must be an awful lot of these out there. If there was an inherent problem, you wouldn't expect to be the only person with it. Presumably there was no play when you first fitted the cassette?
Aug
13
comment I'm looking for LED headlight and a bell for my bike
In previous years, Nathan Hinkle has written some excellent articles on the SE.Bicycles Blog, reviewing both headlights and taillights. This has now morphed into its own site - www.bikelightdatabase.com. Aside from that, @BPugh is absolutely right - product recs aren't a good fit for the site.
Aug
13
comment Is it possible to reattach the v-brake spring/pin arm?
This type of brake has a pin/spring which is designed to allow the calliper to sit back to the non-braking position. The pin naturally comes away from the brake body as you loosen things up. So if it "popped out" you should be ok. However if it "snapped", that's a different matter.
Aug
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comment Replacing a groupset in step purchases
Good answer. Also to note that the earlier Tiagra version was 9-speed, which would introduce further issues going to Sram Red. That upgrade would be difficult to do piecemeal.