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bio website recumbent.co.uk
location Consett, United Kingdom
age 50
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Sep
5
answered Are there any recumbent tricycles that can be transported with a normal car?
Sep
5
answered What's your most useful cycle accessory?
Aug
30
comment Can I use a gas station pump on a bike tire?
Several bicycle pumps - ideally you need a track pump or similar to keep where you store your bike, check the pressures regularly (when I was commuting by bike I did it once a week when I got home) and a pump you carry with on the bike because, if one is not racing, then its just sensible to carry a pump and a few other bits with you at all times
Aug
28
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
@Tim he didn't ask how to go faster he asked how to make the bike faster.
Aug
26
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
Of course training matters. But that doesn't answer the question - I'd suggest that the site will struggle to work if every time someone asks a valid question the response is don't bother, train... and worse its not entirely true as some bikes are faster than others - gearing aside, lighter and better kit may make a difference. Absolutely improve the engine - that will usually make the most difference - but that doesn't mean that other things won't
Aug
26
comment How can you speed a road-bike up?
We should aim early to stop with the "get fitter" answers. Its a given that the engine is the most important thing but after that it is a simple fact that changes to a bike can make it faster - a simple roll down test with knobblies and with smooth tyres will demonstrate this. Aerodynamics are not to be sneezed at. Heck, most people will see a progression from platforms -> toe-clips -> clipless pedals. If you don't like the question add a comment but if you're going to answer then address the question
Aug
25
awarded  Teacher
Aug
25
awarded  Critic
Aug
25
answered Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?
Aug
25
comment Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?
With SPDs its the cleat that's significant (although there are now road specific pedal/cleat setups which are different to my originalish spuds)
Aug
25
comment Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?
erm, no - I could use a road shoe on the MTB pedals on my bikes and similarly I could use off-road shoes on the road variations of the same (SPD) pedals.
Aug
25
comment What is the easiest way to fix a loose chain?
To amplify the frist part a bit, if it was once fine and is now slack/loose then replace it - there's no reason why it has to be a particularly expensive for a upright (slightly different for the 2.something chains needed for my recumbents) and its an easy job to do - even more so with contemporary chains with clever links. When doing the replacement compare the old and the new and you'll see how wear has caused it to "stretch". In theory you're supposed to replace other stuff too... but that does get expensive.
Aug
25
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
25
awarded  Supporter