Time to 'fess up – not all of us on BikeRadar are expert bike mechanics. While some staffers have spent years wrenching in shops, others are less… handy. So when the opportunity came to spend the day one-on-one with Rob Weekes, workshop development manager at UK mega-retailer Halfords and formerly a technical centre manager for SRAM, I grabbed it in the hope I might learn something.Hours later, dirt grimed under the fingernails of my dainty office worker hands, I can safely say that I did.
With over a dozen people working tirelessly behind the scenes at BikeRadar to bring you all the latest bike reviews and riding advice, someone on our motley crew is always off doing something fun and/or foolish.For this new weekly feature we’ll bring you the edited highlights of our past week — don’t worry, we’ve edited out the naughty bits, for now.
When you first bite the bullet and start cycling to work there are loads of things that you aren’t sure about, so we asked BikeRadar forum users what they wish they’d known at the beginning. Here are some words of commuting wisdom from those who've been doing it for years…UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".