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bio website pureandapplied.com.au
location Melbourne Australia
age 46
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Aug 18 at 14:02

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Aug
18
comment Making my children's bike trailer more comfortable
I did exactly this to our bike trailer, that had the same sling style seat. I presume you've added a bit of padding for the seat on top of the wood. It's funny, my kids just couldn't stay awake in the trailer. I'd put 'em in after kindy and they'd be out cold by the time I was out of the driveway.
May
31
comment Can you take apart rear derailleurs, and how do you put them back together again?
@Batman: "Its spelled deraileur. Park Tool has a derailleur service guide…". Ok, now I'm really confused. How many Ls are there?
May
29
comment Why would I need a torque wrench for a bicycle?
Well, which is cheaper: the cost of a torque wrench, or the cost of an expensive component you accidentally destroy by over/under tightening something plus the cost of a torque wrench so you don't do it again? This is from someone who took the second option.
Feb
24
comment New commuting road bike. Wishlist: discs & electronic gears
2 or 3 months really? I go through a chain in about 5000-8000km. Do you ride to work along the beach or something?
Jan
28
comment What to do when there's no more adjustment room on disk brakes
@Ӎσᶎ yep, I ended up finding a washer from an old axle and putting it on axle on the side with the rotor - the disk was rubbing on the outside of the caliper. That fixed it, but the axle bolt on that side doesn't stick out the full width of the drop out now, which concerns me. When I've got the energy I'll loosen off the lock nuts and put it next to the cone, and then wind the axle through so it's even, but that's going to be a whole evenings work with adjusting the cones again.
Jan
24
comment Runny nose while biking
What I hate is when you go to spit and realise you're being drafted by someone. Then what do you do?
Oct
9
comment mountain bike switching tyres I get a puncture, why, am i doing something wrong?
You know that you can repair inner tubes don't you? Get some patches next time you're down at the bike shop.
Oct
9
comment When Should I replace the rotors on disk brakes?
@trailmax, a reasonably priced caliper (as in a vernier caliper or dial version, not a brake caliper) can reliably measure 0.05mm
Oct
9
comment When Should I replace the rotors on disk brakes?
Since I can feel grooves on these, and as they're eating pads maybe I should start thinking about new ones (I'll take better care of the next ones). Good to know they're not going to collapse on me though.
Oct
8
comment Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?
problem is that by the time they're ready to throw out they're going to look pretty scruffy as a belt.
Jul
25
comment Are Merino cycling boxers/cycling pants worth the cost?
Those merino boxers you linked to aren't cycling nicks, they're just underwear. You'd still have to wear somethign over the top of them. If you're spending any time in the saddle I'd suggest a proper pair of cycling nicks - with a chamois. That said, I got some cheap merino thermals at Aldi, and they're great. Warm in the wet, but not sweaty like lycra. You can even machine wash them.
Mar
1
comment Bicycle innovations in the pipeline?
They're better, but they're hardly new. Think Sturmey-Archer.
Jan
27
comment I keep breaking my road frames - why?
Thanks for that explanation. Very clear.
Dec
20
comment I keep breaking my road frames - why?
I was thinking about a bike with the same specs, but was worried that it might be worse than steel, with aluminium and carbon having the tendency to catastrophically fail instead of tearing like steel.
Dec
20
comment I keep breaking my road frames - why?
I'm in a temperate region, it never even gets frost here. Blazing hot in the summer though (48 degrees C or more some times). Thanks for the links about the saddle. I think I'm in the ballpark as far as adjustment goes. And as for make they were three different manufacturers, one a local frame builder with a pretty good reputation, one KHS korean made in a factory and one from a LBS in Sydney whose origins I don't know. I weigh ~90kg
Dec
20
comment I keep breaking my road frames - why?
Hey, I'm an ex-rower. Maybe I need to learn to spin a bit higher.
Dec
15
comment How to keep the pants from getting dirty
matter of fact, I'm doing it now.
Dec
15
comment Why ride a fixed-gear bike?
I can trackstand downhill without a fixed hub (even with a kiddie trailer on the back). You basically have to synchronise pushing forward and squeezing your front brakes to bounce off the flex in the wheel. Helps to be in the right gear though. Oh, wait..
Dec
15
comment How to clean up at work after a commute?
Sounds a bit odd, but I always make sure I have a spare set of undies and socks at work - for the days I'm rushing the kids off to school and don't remember to pack a pair.