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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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I have a few bikes - Charge Plug fixie, Dawes audax, a Giant TCR Advanced, Boardman hardtail, also an omafiets (Dutch granny bike) - which I ride depending on mood, purpose and weather. My preference is for road riding, but I also enjoy the velodrome and infrequent offroading.

Home is the New Forest, a rural part of southern England with superb cycling. I've also worked and commuted in London. I've done some short tours, and generally tend to plonk the bike on the car rack when I go away.

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.


6h
comment looking for an inexpensive steel hardtail frame or singlespeed
Nah, the thinking goes that anything that gets recommended now will go out of date quite quickly and so will be of no long-term benefit for the quality of the site. It's contentious but it just seems accepted nowadays that questions looking for products are off-topic.
6h
comment looking for an inexpensive steel hardtail frame or singlespeed
Sorry, voting to close. This question is looking for a product rec and as such is considered off-topic for this site.
6h
comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
@Blam a Trek Madone frame is made of 7 pieces, which are moulded individually then glued together. However it is far too simplistic to think of these pieces as "tubes" in the steel sense. So it depends what you mean by "good" I suppose - I suspect there are several different manufacturing techniques going on, there's some really interesting stuff on the web about this, the Op should probably google this if he's sufficiently interested to ask questions on here.
9h
comment Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?
I'd be as concerned as much about the stress on the carbon joints (I think they are bonded by epoxy resin) as the tubes themselves.
1d
comment Unlock cleat from clipless pedal
On the bright side at least you didn't have your foot in the shoe at the time
1d
comment Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?
Yeah. The other thing, putting aside the "difficult to service" comment, is that the actual problem right now is just some worn pads. In itself, that problem is easy to sort - swapping pads should only take a couple of minutes.
1d
comment Xt disc brakes problem
Take the bike to a shop
1d
comment Xt disc brakes problem
for starters, try bleeding them. Get yourself a kit and have a look on YouTube.
Jan
26
comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
Thanks @Claus. Actually it was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rolr6fsZJtk, but YouTube is littered with them. It was mainly to try and give some ideas over and above the ubiquitous gels and bars
Jan
25
comment Food for 400+km ride? (in single session)
This vid might be helpful - The Musette - What Do Pro Cyclists Eat?. It has all the usual bars and gels, but also interesting "fresh" concoctions that are prepared each day from "real" ingredients. I think it would be useful to plan some proper meal stops, though, if you are able.
Jan
25
comment Garmin edge 510
Going from memory I think Garmin say that the sensor needs to be within 5mm of the magnet. That sort of ballpark anyway. But it would be strange for the device to drop both speed and cadence data - normally if you knock the sensor it will end up further away from one magnet (so you lose that data) but closer to the other magnet (so you still get that data). Battery life should be in the order of a year.
Jan
25
comment Garmin edge 510
Yeah, the manual for this device steps through how to pair them, what you should see on the sensor re LEDs etc. How much of that have you tried and what were the results? It would be strange indeed if, having paid a lot of money for the device, you hadn't read the User Manual along the way.
Jan
22
comment What does chain worn indicators 75% mean?
There's a couple of vids on YouTube which should help enlighten you as regards this tool. Try Googlong "how to use a chain wear indicator"
Jan
21
comment My back brakes don't lock the wheel (skid): feature or a bug?
is the bike brand new, or just new to you? Any possibility that parts could be worn?
Jan
16
comment Old STI 105 shift lever fell off
worst case, the other lever will be identical, so if you carefully took the other brake apart you should be able to learn how it hangs together
Jan
15
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
Milton Keynes most famous sight - the Concrete cow!
Jan
14
comment Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?
also, road bikes come in many different geometries. An audax bike will have more relaxed geometry than a Tour de France bike, but each has their purpose and each is undoubtedly a road bike. Do you think he maybe had a particular road bike in mind that he wanted to sell you? Don't forget at this time of year the guy is looking to shift his 2014 stock to make way for the 2015 models...
Jan
14
comment Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?
Yes the bike shop guy's comments surprise me also. However as I'm sure you're aware cx is big in Belgium so why not check out some of the race distances. I'd bet they are > 25km, so that should reassure you that it is possible to ride such a bike (comfortably, safely) over such a distance. It would be interesting if you knew why he said that... Maybe if you said to him "I'm only going to ride on the road but an thinking of buying a cx bike", he might find that weird and try to convince you otherwise.
Jan
14
comment How long does it take to be ready for a multi day ride as a newbie?
selfies? Milton Keynes? +1 for making me laugh!
Jan
12
comment What is the meaning of 11-32 cassette and 12-25 cassette?
@mattnz agreed. 53x11 sounds like a wonderfully fast gear but the amount of time you actually spend in it is negligible. But it is such an individual choice - personally I've never had compact cranks and have always been happy with 53/39. I have experimented with cassettes a bit and am happy that a 28-tooth cassette will take me up most everything I want to climb up locally.