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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 Are the country roads quieter on weekdays or weekends?
Where I am - New Forest - weekdays are far quieter but make sure you avoid rush hour.
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comment What are the pros and cons of different types of shifter cables?
What about rust? Presumably that's the worst enemy? Would you expect e.g. stainless cable to have a longer life span than galvanised cable?
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comment What is a cheap puncture-proof tire against tackweed?
Unfortunately there's no such thing as puncture-proof. There's puncture-resistant, but this generally equates to fancier materials and higher costs. As @Batman says, Kevlar belts (not Kevlar beads, that's something different and won't help you) are generally an improvement, but the problem you might have is finding something that fits your budget.
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comment How much does tire pressure affect the weight of the wheels
Once you've got your head around the eloquent and informative answers below, there's also the schools of thought that say you should inflate tyres from bottled gases rather than air. Not only will this affect the mass of the wheel it will also affect how quickly the tyre deflates. Or possibly not.
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comment What are the pros and cons of different types of shifter cables?
I think as this question stands, it is likely to be closed because you're asking for peoples' opinions on what you should buy - SE prefers a straight question/answer format. It's probably better to rework the question to ask the pros and cons of these different materials for gear cables - this way the question may have value for people in the future. It might also be good to say what type of riding you do (road, trail etc.) as this could influence peoples' answers.
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comment What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?
I'm assuming the images were for illustration only. Two other examples are the Giant Propel Advanced (standard) and the Giant TCR Advanced (compact). Both of these are mens' road bikes and could quite conceivably run alongside each other on the same ride. Last year, Team Belkin's riders had the choice of either of these bikes in the Tour de France. (Not sure how this stands with Giant-Shimano this year.)
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comment When riding with a single pannier, does it matter which side it's on?
I've always thought the reason is because of the reflectors, but I'm not sure the pannier would have been intended to block out taillights, that sounds like a design flaw somewhere. I have one bike that I can fit panniers to, but they don't obscure the light.
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comment Choosing a hybrid bike in UK
Also, if you're intent on going to Halfords, Boardman bikes always do well in bike magazine reviews. I think they always score well in terms of bang for your buck. But just looked at Halfords site and they seem to bottom out at £500. You may well be better off looking for secondhand.
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comment Choosing a hybrid bike in UK
How long can you wait? Now is a good time of year as regards selection, but not a good time of year in terms of getting a bargain. I mention this as £200 will not get you much of a bike. If you can wait that long, autumn/winter (avoiding christmas) is the time to grab a bargain.
Apr
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comment Is this bike worth $750?
I'd suggest a good edit to this question would be something like, "What are the best ways to determine the worth of a second-hand bike?" And on the face of it @Batman's answer looks ideal.
Apr
16
comment Creaking From Bottom Bracket
what's the frame made of? Have you checked that the cranks are on nice and tight? Did you buy the bike new, or could it be a case of worn parts?
Apr
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comment Is this bike worth $750?
You say the ride was insanely smooth, so presumably you think its a good bike. As for whether its overpriced, surely you can find this out by looking at bike prices either locally or online? You're asking people for their opinion but this site is mainly geared toward a more objective question/answer format.
Apr
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comment Road Bike or Hybrid Bike For Paving Stone
@Owen - yeah I think that's quite a common choice. Although I was quite impressed once when I managed to stop my road bike from 70km/h over just a few hundred metres. (After my taillight fell off!). So even road brakes are effective.
Apr
16
comment Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?
doubt you'd be laughing for long
Apr
16
comment Road Bike or Hybrid Bike For Paving Stone
@pasuedxzbl worth noting though that a Cyclocross (CX) bike is not the same as a Road bike. CX bikes are built for rougher terrain and typically have wider tyres. One reason you might want to go the CX route could be enhanced braking - road bikes have quite simple braking mechs - although frankly the road in your photo would be easily navigable by a road bike. In fact it looks positively inviting compared to some of the tarmac I ride on - on a road bike with 23mm tyres
Apr
16
comment Is it bad etiquette to ride road bike through a small residential area?
+1 for "and why would it be?"
Apr
16
comment Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?
Try Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, I think that's still cobbled. Think Hovis advert...
Apr
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comment Are these bikes real from Aliexpress?
@andy256 I think its fair to say that some bike shops are good, others will try to rip you off. Just like any other type of business wherever you happen to be in the world.
Apr
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comment Name in English of different parts and tools
Sheldon has a French-English dictionary page for a bunch of cycling parts/terms. Including cassettes (cassettes) and freehubs (moyeu-roues libres). Any use?
Apr
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comment Figures on accidents involving cyclists where motorists are using cell/mobile phones
If you come up with anything, perhaps you could write a blog post and share with us?