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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 Stuck and stiff sora front derailleur
well, the possibilities are the derailleur, the cable or the shifter - there's not a whole lot going on here. If you've already tested that the shifter is able to pull the cable smoothly, then I agree it sounds like it is the derailleur. Definitely worth taking it apart and (believe it or not) it is possible to attach the cable incorrectly to the derailleur (although its pretty obvious).
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comment Is the frame material of Specialized AWOL Comp and Elite the same?
what did Specialized say when you asked them?
18h
comment 38mm Front 60mm Rear Clinchers Pros and Cons
I'd go along with most of this, but I would say that crosswinds can play significant part, even with <60mm rims.
18h
comment 38mm Front 60mm Rear Clinchers Pros and Cons
That sounds like a good set up, for all the reasons you've stated. On my road bike I ride 6cm rims front and rear usually, but I also bought a 4cm front wheel for windy conditions. I think you need to bear in mind that this is the high-end of the market you're talking about, and wheels are often sold singly rather that as a pair, so I reckon the manufacturers just expect people to buy the front and rear rims separately. My 6cm rims I bought as a pair, but it wasn't a lot cheaper than buying 2 wheels.
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comment Software for time-trial race
All well and good, but buying a commercial package at least gives you someone to moan to when you find a bug.
1d
comment Halfords just replaced my chainset and it is a 10 speed one, but my cassette is 8 speed. Am I ok?
possible duplicate of What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?. Not an exact dup, but will give an idea of how the widths vary with number of gears.
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comment Halfords just replaced my chainset and it is a 10 speed one, but my cassette is 8 speed. Am I ok?
no you're not. Regarding the width of the chain, 8 speed is different to 9-speed is different to 10-speed is different to 11-speed. People will say you can get away with mismatches, but coming straight out of a shop, you shouldn't have to "get away" with anything. There has to be a question on here that covers this, U'll have a quick look.
Aug
30
comment Realign the cassette gears after removing the rear wheel
possible duplicate of How do I adjust my rear derailleur (Shimano SIS) when it is only slightly out?
Aug
30
comment Realign the cassette gears after removing the rear wheel
You should not need to adjust your gears after simply removing and replacing the wheel. I would check that the wheel is installed correctly with regard to the chain (i.e. that the chain is moving cleanly through the mech). If it is, you need to tell us what else you've done to the bike.
Aug
29
comment New Tire Recommendations
The other problem is that you'll probably get a half dozen answers recommending a half dozen different tyres. Effectively leaving the Op no better off than before they asked the question.
Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
I'm ashamed to admit that I've forgotten how to check that the dropouts are aligned, I saw it done on a mechanics course but..... However I found this article on Park's web site
Aug
29
comment Reoccurring Bent Axles, any reasons or upgrades?
frame out of true?
Aug
28
comment phantom leak that fixed itself?
I once had a sudden loss of air when I rode over a pothole, whick proved not to be a puncture. I'm convinced the force made the valve fail for a very short amount of time. Any chance that could have happened? (twice?)
Aug
28
comment Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?
The only "control" on them is the screw to adjust tension, which you've already found. Is there any play between cleat and shoe?
Aug
27
comment Bike wheel Assembly
How tightly are you screwing these spokes in? First time around, you should only be screwing the spokes into the nipples a couple of turns - just enough to grip. Once all the spokes are attached, it's only then that you start tightening. And for dishing purposes it is easier to tighten the non drive side first, then the drive side, then tweak things to get the wheel true.
Aug
26
comment Is it preferable to pedal downhill?
possible duplicate of What's the purpose of soft pedaling?
Aug
26
comment New chain snaps after shop service
I'd echo @Batman's comment that none of the jobs you mention necessitate removing the chain. Even if they did remove it, you'd expect the mechanic to find the quicklink and split it there. I think therein lies your problem - what do you say when the shop says "we didn't touch the chain"? You may have to take the hit here.
Aug
25
comment Difference between wet and dry chain lube
Well I swear by Frontline and I tell you what, I've never yet found a flea on my bike
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.