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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
location New Forest, 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.


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comment Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”
yeah you're absolutely right, my comment above should have read 8 clicks (for his 9sp shifter)
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comment Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”
Hmmm....not obvious. I mean, you can check the shifter standalone, just disconnect the cable from the derailleur and you should be able to feel the shifter pull/release through 9 clicks. Best guess so far would be a bent derailleur, but that doesn't necessarily tally with everything you've said. I'm thinking if maybe the limit screws, which sound like they are positioned correctly, are preventing the shifter from reaching the ninth (or the first) gear (as far as the shifter is concerned).
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comment Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”
sorry, can you clarify? You have a 9sp cassette and when you use the shifters you can go from one extreme to the other, but somewhere in the middle you're skipping one of the sprockets? Is that what you're saying?
Dec
22
comment What difference makes to have Rear and Front Hub and Brake levers?
If you are looking to buy soon (and you live in the northern hemisphere) you may get some good deals right now on the 2014 models. Shops are busy trying to clear them out to make room for the 2015 bikes, which will be coming in Feb/Mar.
Dec
22
comment What difference makes to have Rear and Front Hub and Brake levers?
Google search yielded this site for an idea of the basic parts, including hub. You really would be better off going to a shop first time around, even if it is a Bianchi dealer who will just sell you a Via Nirone. Don't Bianchi list authorised dealers on their site?
Dec
22
comment What difference makes to have Rear and Front Hub and Brake levers?
The hub lies at the centre of the wheel, out of which come the spokes. The axle of the wheel goes through the hub. In that context, I'm afraid your question doesn't make a lot of sense. I don't want to offend, but you appear to have quite limited knowledge of bikes right now, are you sure avoiding a shop is a good idea? They will set it up and adjust it for you, would you be comfortable doing that on your own?
Dec
20
comment Can I use a mountain bike to go bike touring?
If you can fit racks to the frame, then in theory you can use it for touring. But before deciding on a specific bike you should work out what kind of volume/weight your luggage will be, and make sure your proposed bike can handle it. You'll find that some frames don't support racks, period, so that will limit the choice.
Dec
20
comment I have a 2013 Diamondback Podium 3. Is it possible to use it as a touring bike?
Fully agree. That this bike has no mounts speaks volumes in terms of what the manufacturers envisage it being used for.
Dec
15
comment Unicycling for over 60s
sorry @user2332668 but I agree with Batman. You're trying to start a debate here and that's not a good fit for for this particular site.
Dec
14
comment First time commuter needs advice
e.g. Equipping a commuter bike, Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?, Load your bag or Load your bike? etc etc There is tons of info
Dec
14
comment First time commuter needs advice
Well, I'd do the run once, just for "pleasure", maybe on a Sunday or something, to see how you handle it. As I'm sure you're aware the things that might stretch you at first are (i) the distance, (ii) the final climb, so if you're having trouble with either of these, then you'll need to work up to it. On the other hand, if you're asking about kit etc. you should search other questions on here as I'm fairly sure this is a dup.
Dec
14
comment Has anyone else had problems with a Stages power meter at high cadence?
150 is a lot though, it wouldn't surprise me if they wrote the software with some kind of failsafe which at those levels assumes the sensor is kaput. Do Stages have an online forum? When I've tried to discover the nuances of how my Garmin works, the most productive place has always been the forum.
Dec
11
comment My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard
I'm sorry to hear that @yawar, but by the same token I'm glad you found it in a managed way rather than in a crash. Good luck finding something new.
Dec
10
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
Sounds like whatever you decide you won't go too far wrong. 105 is a good groupset too. Depending upon the frame (geometry, material....cost!) of the road bike you might not find it is that much quicker than cx
Dec
10
comment Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?
Yeah, it is difficult to come up with absolutes here. I think a lot would depend on what road bike you're thinking about. One thing I would say is that if you do go down a "road" route, you're not really going to be suited to any terrain except tarmac. Does that bother you?
Dec
9
comment Why are wheels so important for racing?
I don't say this is a duplicate, but a logical extension to your question is to ask about rims and rim depth (think about when you see time trials, or track, where wheels are often solid disks). There's a good question here (among others) touches this subject.
Dec
9
comment My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard
difficult to guess from what little you say, could be the cranks themselves, could be the bottom bracket..... Treat it as potentially serious (i.e. you could damage yourself if something did break mid-ride) and have someone look at it as a matter of urgency. This is one of those situations where the web is probably not the best means of diagnosing what's wrong
Dec
8
comment Can you identify this Cateye HR Sensor E product model?
@TaiSem You do seem to end up with a collection of these things, I have 3 different ones - one to suit my Garmin, one for Polar stuff down at the gym, and a third somewhere that hooks up to the turbo head unit.
Dec
7
comment The spring in my front dérailleur is jammed
how are you trying to clean the dirt off? a (not high pressure) hose, kitchen brush and bike cleaning fluid (i.e. degreaser) generally work for me.
Dec
7
comment Excited Beginner?
Getting yourself a real bike might help, personally I find nothing more off-putting than indoor training. Then, a target could just be to cycle "to" somewhere and to time yourself.