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This is your chance to ask the BIG Challenge’s self proclaimed know-it-all your walking and cycling related questions.
Whether they are about safe routes, footwear, bike maintenance tips or public transport he will do his best to answer.
All questions will be answered as soon as possible and compiled below as a list of FAQ’s.

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 Some of your most recent questions

Wendy P asks:
My rear brake is making a squeeling sound, but is working fine, what do I need to do.  The brakes are hydraulic?
Wendy
 
Paul says:
OK Wendy, the most likely reason for disc brake squealing is contamination of the brake pads and/or rotor with dirt or oil. The best solution to this is to first of all clean the rotor with isopropyl alcohol (or methylated spirits if this is hard to find) which you should be able to buy at a DIY store. Wipe down both sides of the rotor as you spin the wheel and allow to dry. If you still hear squealing you will have to clean the pads which are usually held in by a split pin or a hex bolt. Remove them from the bottom of the brake calliper and make sure you don’t loose the spring sandwiched between them. Clean the pads with the same solution and then replace them.
If this all sounds like a bit of a nightmare, then bring your bike into the Hub one morning and we can have a look for you.


John B asks:
What is the best traffic free route in from Ingleby Barwick to the Stockton Business Centre?
 
Paul says:
Hi John. Starting from Ingleby, you can follow the off road cycle path that goes along Queen Elizabeth Way to Bowsfield Lane. Turn left onto Bowsfield Lane and continue on until you reach Parliament Road which leads on to Trinity Gardens. Go through the gardens, Dismount and cross over Yarm Road. Finally, continue down Brunswick Street to Stockton Business Centre.
 

Wendy M asks:
I am thinking of commuting into work from Eston (I work in Municipal Buildings). Could you advise me on the best type of bike to buy?
 
Paul says:
Hi Wendy. Assuming that your route in is mainly on roads and cycle tracks, my advice is to first look at hybrid bikes. These are basically a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike (racer). They are lightweight but sturdy with smooth tyres and an upright riding position suitable for a wide variety of terrain. The Sustrans ‘Get Cycling’ guide is a great source of information about buying the right type of bike for you.
 

Craig G asks:
My mountain bike has a crack in the frame near where the cranks are attached, can I get it repaired?
 
Paul says:
Hi Craig. Whether you can repair the frame or not will depend on what type of material the frame is made from. If it is made from steel (a magnet will tell you if this is the case) there is a good chance it is repairable, however if it is made from aluminium or magnesium it is unlikely that you will be able to get a cost effective repair. Carbon fibre and titanium frames can be repaired but you will need to send the frame away.