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bio website onemanandhissaddle.me.uk
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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 Can't remove lockring
I'm sorry but there are special tools to remove freewheels and cassettes and not using them is just asking for trouble. Especially when, in the next, breath, you're advocating hammering things. These things are built to be screwed and unscrewed, not to be bludgeoned.
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
good answer, good pics, I do exactly the same on my audax bike. How did I not see that question before I wrote my answer? [rhetorical]
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
I probably should also have said that the use of clipless pedals has to be learned, in particularly unclipping sufficiently quickly so you don't fall right over when you come to a halt! But maybe that's a bit beyond the scope of the question.
Oct
21
comment Bicycle shoes for road cycling
@andy256 yeah, good point, it's probably another area the Op should look into. Personally, I dislike SPD (I'd agree they're easier to walk in, but not that they're easier to ride in), but again it should be driven by how you'll ride. From a purely practical point, the shoes that you'd need to use the SPD system are different to the shoes you'd need for other systems - the soles are different.
Oct
21
comment What is the kind of bicycle nobody is building?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a survey
Oct
21
comment How long will my bike last?
So you have a 50 buck bike and you want to know how long it will be before it falls apart? Surely you could hazard a guess at the answer yourself? I think maybe your best hope is that you're not riding it when it does fall apart.
Oct
21
comment Which 6 or 8 rims fit a Cervelo P4?
You are probably looking high enough up the market place to be able to contact manufacturers directly and expect a decent response. I contacted Fast Forward a couple of years back with some queries and was quite happy with how helpful they were.
Oct
20
comment Biking gloves with finger protection
If you go for thick gloves, make sure you still have enough suppleness there to e.g. operate the brakes easily. Ski gloves, for example, might make this tricky. Certainly, if you're thinking of motorcycle gloves, be aware of this. Probably any substantial glove will protect your skin, but generally with bike crashes you're looking at either a broken wrist or collar bone (depending on whether or not you put your arms out to break the fall).
Oct
20
comment Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
I would have upvoted this answer and not bothered writing an answer myself, but I'm pretty sure the part you say the Op needs describes the standard crankset, not the compact. The part the Op needs is not the FC-5600, but the FC-5650 (or FC-5750)
Oct
20
comment Can I drop-in a compact crank set with my current 105 groupset
thanks chaps, I hadn't realised that, I will edit my answer.
Oct
19
comment Merge gpx files
well I made my suggestion and totally forgot to check back to look at the file. But that looks like a good answer @andy256, hopefully it helps the Op out
Oct
18
comment Merge gpx files
could be its not a track I suppose. Any chance you could put the files somewhere, and one of us can eyeball them?
Oct
17
comment Need to know the wrench size for 10.9 screw
Yeah. Off the top of my head its 4Nm for a typical stem, 40Nm for a typical cassette, other numbers I'd need to look up. But we're not talking 0.1Nm, and we're not talking 100Nm, that's all I really meant when I said "order of magnitude"
Oct
17
comment Need to know the wrench size for 10.9 screw
Also I've never seen any bike torques specified to that sort of precision. Certainly my torque wrenches would not allow me to set anything so specific. 10Nm would be the right order of magnitude for pedal tightness but I think, as Batman says, this is coincidence
Oct
17
comment About join a bicycle race
@Blam my assumption was that, had English been the Op's first language, the question would have been "how much speed".
Oct
16
comment Trails in the UK
I changed the word "track" to "trail" just to use common parlance, and to avoid possible confusion with track riding in velodromes. I hope this change is cool, and that it hasn't changed the meaning of the question at all. If you disagree, feel free to edit it back.
Oct
16
comment About join a bicycle race
@Johnny this is a guy is looking for an idea of the speeds of races, I've tried to give them an idea of road races. Maybe my answer will be helpful to them, maybe not. Maybe my answer will be helpful to other people, maybe not. Maybe other people will chip in with regard to other types of racing. But ask yourself, is it more helpful to suggest something constructive, or to snipe?
Oct
16
comment Legality of opening someone else's car door?
Interesting that you mention assault. My understanding is that an assault can only happen when one person assaults another, after the door had been opened. Or do you think that the act of opening the door could itself be considered an assault?
Oct
16
comment About join a bicycle race
This is a perfectly reasonable question.
Oct
16
comment Is bike fit really needed?
Well, a bike should fit you properly. The fact that you are having neck pains suggests that yours isn't fitting you very well. One way to get a fitting is to pay a professional to do it for you. But if you don't want to spend the cash on a fitting, there are a bunch of books that go into this. I'm bound to say, though, that if you're getting neck pains the odds are that you're going to have to spend some money in order to correct the existing problem.