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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.


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comment Can I use a Shimano 105 10 speed BCD 130mm 52t chainring as a replacement in my 9 speed tiagra triple crankset?
looks like it is 5500. Found this link which might help. Don't think I ever saw 9sp 105 on sale, I reckon its pretty rare.
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comment Can I use a Shimano 105 10 speed BCD 130mm 52t chainring as a replacement in my 9 speed tiagra triple crankset?
Strictly speaking you should keep with 9-speed rings, as the teeth on a 10-speed ring will be dimensioned to fit a 10-speed chain. But the difference is very small and I reckon lots of people will be successfully running this kind of setup. Bear in mind, if you can find Ultegra 6500, this is also a valid 9-speed option (and great quality).
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comment How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?
That will probably only kill 99.9% of the bacteria ;-)
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comment Choosing hubs and rims for training road wheels
@MaxVernon - easy. It's nothing more than a crappy (ish) set which you're not too bothered about, while you keep your good set for race day. Crappy and Good being relative terms, of course ;-)
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comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
Well, Sheldon seems to think that bolts are more popular than qr purely for historical reasons in velodromes. As for the amount of force, I can only answer personally - I have always found both mechs to be "enough" to hold the wheel firmly. This is why I posted my original comment.
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comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
Interesting point, you seem to be asserting that you will get a tighter connection with a nut than you will with a qr, but is this really the case?
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comment Choosing hubs and rims for training road wheels
Is building the wheels part of the exercise? I mean, if they're just cheap training wheels you're looking for, I'd wonder whether it would be cheaper to buy than to build. If you do decide to build, might be worth talking to some shops to see if they have any end-of-line hubs or rims etc. that they can let you have cheaply, just to take the stock off their hands
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comment Quick Release on Fixed Gear Bike
For the record, the Sheldon link says that either hollow or solid axle is fine.
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comment Small Tear in Michelin Pro4 Tire, Does It Need To Be Replaced?
This is a known ploy for getting yourself home at a pinch. But that doesn't seem to be what the op is asking.
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comment Small Tear in Michelin Pro4 Tire, Does It Need To Be Replaced?
You obviously have to factor how damaged the tyre is, but whenever I'm faced with this dilemma, I ask myself the question, do I want to fix it in the comfort of my garage, or do I want to fix it on the roadside 25 miles from home?
Jul
29
comment Rear wheel rubs frame after tire change
It sounds to me like you've worked yourself up into a state of confusion. I'd recommend going to your bike shop and asking them to sort it, if only so that you have a reference point for next time. It is a trivial job so won't cost much.
Jul
28
comment Chain Splitter vs. Chain Tool vs. Chain Breaker
@DanielRHicks I've edited my answer to highlight your second point - I didn't mean to suggest that power links were a complete alternative. Was unaware of the plier-type tool but am seeing a Park CT-2 - is this the kind of thing you mean?
Jul
28
comment Can I upgrade V-brake to disk brake for Cannondale Quick Cx 5
Off the top of my head, the two problems I'd foresee would be attaching the rotors to the wheels, and attaching the callipers to the fork/frame. If you can crack these you should be sorted.
Jul
27
comment Chain Slipping?
Did you actually take the chain off the bike? (You'd need a tool to do this.)
Jul
27
comment Chain Slipping?
what did you do when you fixed the puncture? did that coincide with the start of the problems?
Jul
27
comment Chain falling off inner chain ring no matter how L screw is set
front derailleur cable loose? When it slips, what kind of tension is in the cable? What happens when you put the bike on a stand? Can you shift up and down the gears? It sounds like the front derailleur might be slipping.
Jul
26
comment Cycling position for commuting
broadly, seat and handlebar height, but also the horizontal distance between them. Give us some more information - how long is your commute? how fast do you ride? how much luggage do you need to carry? I suspect comfort will be your main concern.
Jul
26
comment Choosing the correct Bottom Bracket
Also, I replaced a press-fit bb on my road bike last year. There are separate tools both for removing and for fitting, each tool cost a couple of times more than the bb itself. Unless you specifically want to do it yourself, it may be less hassle, and also cheaper, to take it to your LBS and letting them find out what is needed.
Jul
26
comment Choosing the correct Bottom Bracket
What did Commencal say when you contacted them?
Jul
26
comment When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?
There really is an argument for a cycling-specific dating site! shaven-legs.com?