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Shimano Nexus 8 hub needs service? - SG-8R31 vs SG-8R36 redline

Books + Ideas, Technology — September 2016

I've just had my rear wheel rebuilt — with a new rim as well since that was getting worn, but largely to replace the hub. And this post is mostly about hubs, about whether getting a Shimano Nexus hub serviced is a good idea, and whether a premium "redline" Nexus hub is actually any better. more

cycling costs

Life, Technology — April 2014

I've been cycling for four years now in Oxford, so I thought I'd look at the costs involved. more

Kettler Spirit city bike - first impressions / review

Technology, Travel — July 2013

What is it? It's a Kettler Spirit, the product of a respected German company which sells online into the UK (though they do have a showroom in Redditch as well). Basically an upright city bicycle: what one might call a "Dutch bike" or a European city bike, though it's fundamentally pretty similar to my other bike, a thirty year old English three-speed roadster. more

a new bicycle?

Life, Technology — June 2013

I've been very happy with my old three-speed over the last three years and it's still a fine bike for getting around Oxford, but I'm thinking about buying a new bike. more

cycling with a baby/child

Life, Oxford — April 2013

It's early days yet, but I'm starting to look at the options for moving Helen around by bicycle. The basic choices seem to be a front-mounted child seat, a rear-mounted child seat, a trailer, or some kind of front-load cargo bicycle or tricycle (bakfiets-style or modern variants on that). more

bicycle maintenance and evolution

Oxford, Technology — October 2010

Camilla and I have just done a bicycle maintenance course with Oxford Cycle Workshop Training (a member-owned cooperative). more

a bicycle

Oxford — July 2010

I bought myself a bicycle to replace the one that was stolen, and have been cycling around for a couple of weeks now. more

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