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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 Solid rubber bicycle tires
If you're dead-set on solid tyres then I'm afraid I can't help. But if you're open-minded and wondering why these tyres aren't stocked by cycling shops, there is a reason - basically Darwinian. Solid tyres have been tried time and again over the years, but never successfully enough to convince shops to stock them.
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comment Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples
Thanks. When you say "a very long time", does this imply that if I were to look at a brake from, say, 50 years ago, that I would see a pear nipple? Off whatever kind of bike?
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comment Is it ok for the trunk bike rack to rest against the glass of a hatchback?
What part of the rack is touching the windshield? I have a bike rack which is actually designed to touch the windshield, but which actually has plastic cups to make contact. When you see how these things move at speed, I would not have thought metal against glass was healthy.
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comment Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples
Thanks but I'm not interested in installing them, I'm interested in learning why there has been an evolution into two different types. (well, presumably an evolution...)
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comment What does “LL” mean on BB spindle?
It's not immediately obvious to me. Any chance you can post a photo?
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comment How dirty should the chain and the cogs be before I should consider cleaning them?
@Kentzo Looking at your photos, if that were me I certainly wouldn't be worried about degreasing just yet - right now everything looks good as new. But I would be lubing regularly. I'm guessing that your weather conditions will be heat and humidity, but off the top of my head I'm not sure what lube would be best for those conditions. Probably the best thing would be to go to an LBS and ask "what's the best lube for round here?" If they've got any business sense, they'll have some in stock.
Jul
19
comment Noticeably more Muscle on one leg than the other?
It sounds like it could be related, but you need to go to a physiotherapist. I doubt if any of us on here is qualified to advise, forthermore this type of question is off-topic pretty much by definition. Bear in mind anyone giving the wrong advise will make things worse for you.
Jul
19
comment What kind of spokes for Giant PSL0 wheelset
you might well be right, but I'd still check with Giant to be sure. My understanding is that spokes are manufactured in increments of 1mm, also that if you get the length wrong by any more than 1mm or so, it'll cause problems. Does that sound about right?
Jul
17
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
@DanielRHicks I am left-handed and all you're saying just sounds plain wrong! Are you by any chance right-handed? ;-)
Jul
17
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
@Kibbee surely you're not suggesting that a bike company has created two competing product lines, where there is no practical difference between them. That is preposterous, whoever heard of such a thing? :-) Anyway I'm going to give the Op a +1 for stating that this subject has been done to death.
Jul
17
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
The obvious difference between SPD-SL and SPD is the contact area between the shoe (and therefore the foot) and the cleat. I'd be pretty certain that this is the "advantage".
Jul
17
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
If you do decide to swap from Look to Shim (I repeat I don't think you will gain anything), your shoes will more than likely be compatible across both, but it isn't guaranteed. Very much depends on the shoe.
Jul
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comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
Is what a problem? General clipping and unclipping? It is certainly true that there is a learning curve - the more you do it the easier it becomes. Speaking personally again though, I used to ride a lot in London, and there I rode flat pedals because I never wanted unclipping issues to even be possible - not with traffic right behind me. (I rode clipless on all my other bikes - because of the benefits of clipless peadls I was willing to suffer the learning curve.)
Jul
17
comment Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?
I've ridden both and have not really noticed any difference between Shimano and Look. Certainly not clipping and unclipping. Maybe a little difference in terms of float. Correct that they are incompatible. Another option is SPD (different to SPD-SL) but (subjectively!) I think they're a load more hassle than Look or SPD-SL.
Jul
16
comment Sudden tyre deflation with no puncture
I experienced a similar (same?) phenomenon once when I hit a pothole quite hard. Some air (not all) lost immediately. Prestas. I thought I might have a puncture and debated whether to stop, but the tyre didn't seem to get lower and I was quite close to the end of my ride. Got home, pumped the tyre and observed it over the next few days. There was no puncture. I don't see how air could have been pushed out of the valve by the impact but I thinks that's what happened.
Jul
16
comment Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods?
I don't know if this will help, but any 9-speed Shimano road shifters would be compatible with your shifters. For example I've obtained 6500 parts, and also have a bike with a 9-speed 4500 Tiagra groupset, and don't seem to have problems sourcing these parts. Now I realise your asking about hoods as opposed to the full shifter, but maybe the hoods will be compatible? I don't know if they are or not but maybe it gives you another avenue down which to search.
Jul
15
comment chain getting stuck between chainrings
Where you said "cogs" I've edited it to "rings" as I think that's what you mean. Please revert if I got it wrong.
Jul
15
comment What's the best way to remove stick-on frame protectors
steam? You could see if a boiling kettle helps. Whatever else, it'll be pretty harmless
Jul
15
comment Prescription Cycling Glasses
@andy256 they're a standard frame, but prescription, transition lenses. At the price, I am hoping that the transition aspect will save me money in the long run by allowing me to use the single lenses for all riding conditions. My "normal" (pre-prescription) cycling glasses, I have a few sets of non-transition lenses which I swap according to conditions - mainly I use either clear or brown shade. My hope is basically that the new glasses will go sufficiently clear to allow me to ride in winter.
Jul
14
comment How do I train for climbing in a relatively flat area?
@user12879 also, be aware of how long the climbs are. I normally ride in the New Forest (quite flat) and got a shock when I rode in Mallorca because the 1km climbs I was used to were suddenly 6km climbs. Same kind of gradients just a lot longer.