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09-25-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 80
Posted By pdlamb

I haven't stripped the aluminum threads at the...

I haven't stripped the aluminum threads at the pedal interface, probably because I always put plenty of grease on the pedal before I thread it it. Plenty means as much as the threads will hold. If...
09-25-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 857
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think it's silly when I know of two...

I don't think it's silly when I know of two people whose liability were covered when they were at fault while cycling.
Forum: Touring
09-25-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By pdlamb

Your LBS probably has something like this...

Your LBS probably has something like this (https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=99902&category=269). It's just enough for a spare tube and small multi-tool, mine hasn't...
09-25-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

A good bike shop is like a good hardware store,...

A good bike shop is like a good hardware store, they're both worth supporting with your business.
09-25-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 857
Posted By pdlamb

If you've got auto insurance, call them first. ...

If you've got auto insurance, call them first. Most policies (excluding "don't pay for what you don't think you'll need") will cover the driver regardless of what s/he's driving.
09-25-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By pdlamb

Depends on your weight and the roads you ride,...

Depends on your weight and the roads you ride, and the pressure you'd need in each size (not to mention which tire, which is a hole 'nuther thread).

I find 28 a bit rougher on rough roads, but...
09-25-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 926
Posted By pdlamb

Maybe a few dozen can ride more than a quarter...

Maybe a few dozen can ride more than a quarter mile at less than 2.5 mph. Or can you name even 100?
09-25-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

Stuart (@cyccommute), that is one clever hack! ...

Stuart (@cyccommute), that is one clever hack! What kind of tubing goes in the middle?
09-25-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, Jagwire makes Campy cables too. They're...

FWIW, Jagwire makes Campy cables too. They're harder to find, but if you have multiple bikes, they seem to work just fine in Shimano shifters too.
09-25-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 140
Posted By pdlamb

Yep, Ace is the place. I'm trying to keep my LHS...

Yep, Ace is the place. I'm trying to keep my LHS (hardware store) in business within 6 miles of two Home Depots and two Lowes. So far it's working.
09-25-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

Re: unscrewing the valve. A lot of people say...

Re: unscrewing the valve. A lot of people say good things about the Lezyne pumps. Sometimes when I read these glowing reports, especially when I haven't bought anything lately, I'll go look up the...
09-25-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 394
Posted By pdlamb

Color me confused. The picture looks like you're...

Color me confused. The picture looks like you're showing us a cup. If that's the case, as long as you can screw it in without boogering it up, I'd think it would run for a long time (or until you...
09-25-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 926
Posted By pdlamb

Oookay. Did I mention I know from experience the...

Oookay. Did I mention I know from experience the speed at which my cyclometer stops registering movement while slowly climbing? When I'm going that slow, getting off and walking a few hundred yards...
09-25-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 728
Posted By pdlamb

As it was explained to me: If you lube your...

As it was explained to me:

If you lube your chain after washing the bike, you'll have water under the rollers in the chain. The new oil won't get in there, and the water (if there's no oil...
09-23-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By pdlamb

As Mark Twain said, the man with one watch always...

As Mark Twain said, the man with one watch always knows precisely what time it is. The man with two watches is never quite certain.

Pick one and stick with it.
09-23-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 926
Posted By pdlamb

Somewhere below 20 gear inches it's better to...

Somewhere below 20 gear inches it's better to walk -- easier than trying to stay balanced, and uses different muscles.

Less that 1:1? Oh heck yeah. What you don't have in your legs you need to...
09-23-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 330
Posted By pdlamb

Light's always there (dyno system), but I'm going...

Light's always there (dyno system), but I'm going to have to put on a new fender. Cheap SKS thing only lasted 20 years. :)

While replacing the broken fender, I did notice that I've only got a...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 536
Views: 25,645
Posted By pdlamb

Nice pre-work ride this morning (can I pretend...

Nice pre-work ride this morning (can I pretend it's a commute, since I left home and started work after the ride?), if a bit chilly around 60F. The thing I noticed this morning is that autumn is...
09-23-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 655
Posted By pdlamb

Most of us who ride throughout the year end up...

Most of us who ride throughout the year end up with a pick-an-outfit collection of cold weather gear. Start with knee warmers, a jacket, long finger gloves*, and ear warmers. Down below 40F,...
09-23-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 3,745
Posted By pdlamb

One day on tour we stopped for a second...

One day on tour we stopped for a second breakfast. I cheerily ate my gas station muffin, washed down with chocolate milk, and then looked at the nutrition panels on the packages. !,000 calories! ...
09-22-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

I thought the whole point of flat pedals was to...

I thought the whole point of flat pedals was to ride with any shoe?!
Forum: Touring
09-22-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 796
Posted By pdlamb

I might take one to check the weather forecast if...

I might take one to check the weather forecast if I were touring in tornado or hurricane season, or perhaps fire season out west. But since I can get that on my cell phone, a radio would be more...
09-22-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By pdlamb

You may end up having to do the full rebuild, but...

You may end up having to do the full rebuild, but try the easy fix first.

Put some oil on the thumb pivot and manually rotate it back and forth. A little corrosion on that sheet metal will slow...
09-22-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 562
Posted By pdlamb

I'm going to play dumb, so bear with me. ...

I'm going to play dumb, so bear with me.

What do you mean when you ask about fitness improvement? If you expect to drop commute time to 30 minutes each way, good luck! I think of my 10 mile...
09-21-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By pdlamb

I'd think they'd work just as well as the older,...

I'd think they'd work just as well as the older, upper end models. They're all supposed to have the same pull to operate similar derailers across similar 9-speed cassettes.
09-21-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By pdlamb

Huh. Here I was thinking all the scratches on my...

Huh. Here I was thinking all the scratches on my bike -- you know the ones on the outside of the fork, or the top tube, or the chainstays -- were caused by leaning the bike up against a wall, or a...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By pdlamb

If you're wearing long pants, I doubt you'll need...

If you're wearing long pants, I doubt you'll need long underwear. Down to 40F, one (thin) layer on my legs is enough. Though I usually go with polypro tights over bike shorts.
09-21-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By pdlamb

No joke. If you try to pull the chain away...

No joke.

If you try to pull the chain away from the chainring it's on, towards the front of the bike, and you see air below the chain, then the ring is worn out.
09-21-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By pdlamb

I'm running Campy 10 brifters on a triple, but...

I'm running Campy 10 brifters on a triple, but the rear derailer is also long cage Campy. I could never get it to work with a Shimano rder; even when I put on a Shiftmate, shifting wasn't very good....
09-21-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 609
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect OP is looking for something like...

I suspect OP is looking for something like randonneur bars (https://www.modernbike.com/nitto-randonneur-handlebars) except looking for forward, rather than upward, sweep. 80 mm is about two inches...
09-18-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 508
Posted By pdlamb

An ordinary patch has worked for me with a ~1 mm...

An ordinary patch has worked for me with a ~1 mm cut. For something closer to 3 mm, a Tyvek patch (cut from a old FedEx envelope in my case) and glued in with patch kit glue let me ride that tire...
09-17-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto. You can probably come out ahead on the...

Ditto. You can probably come out ahead on the exchange if you buy an inexpensive new stem.
09-17-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 812
Posted By pdlamb

I've ridden across these bridges on 28-35. No...

I've ridden across these bridges on 28-35. No matter what size I'm riding, I always wish for the next size up.

Did you try to do a post-mortem on the tire that blew out? Was there a sharp edge...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,256
Posted By pdlamb

Sure, I care about how I'm doing my part to...

Sure, I care about how I'm doing my part to reduce pollution. It's near the top of my list, right below: cycling to work is fun; cycling to work is good for me; I save money cycling to work; and I...
09-16-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,111
Posted By pdlamb

IIRC the doctor doing anesthesia for my...

IIRC the doctor doing anesthesia for my colonoscopy said he wouldn't worry as long as the resting rate was 45 or more. I conveniently forgot ever seeing a lower pulse at that point.

But I talk...
09-16-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Posted By pdlamb

I couldn't find the answer on line when I ran...

I couldn't find the answer on line when I ran into this problem. So I tried it both ways. In one orientation (don't remember now and there's rain between the computer and the garage) the middle...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 893
Posted By pdlamb

I'm a Topeak Road Morph fan. I mounted one on...

I'm a Topeak Road Morph fan. I mounted one on the top tube for a while, until I took the pump off to mount the bike on a bike carrier and drove off leaving the pump somewhere along the way. Its...
09-16-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By pdlamb

Or import your routes into ridewithgps (if...

Or import your routes into ridewithgps (if they're not already there), and print out some cue sheets. Ziplock bags + clothespins or binder clips to hole the bags to your shifter or brake cables, and...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By pdlamb

Eh well, no big deal. A sizeable minority of...

Eh well, no big deal. A sizeable minority of non-cycling motorists don't know it's legal for a cyclist to ride on the streets and roads.
Forum: Commuting
09-15-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 654
Posted By pdlamb

Another state, after only 38 years! Pretty soon*...

Another state, after only 38 years! Pretty soon* we'll have a (Alice's Restaurant kind of) Movement!

*Pretty soon on a geological time scale. Why an eminently sensible idea hasn't already...
09-15-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 919
Posted By pdlamb

It's made life simpler over the long haul to have...

It's made life simpler over the long haul to have most things cross-compatible between bikes. Flat tire and it's time to ride? Swap in a spare wheel. Forgot to fix the flat when that one came off...
09-14-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 634
Posted By pdlamb

They're both American companies that design...

They're both American companies that design frames and specify parts, practically all of which are produced and assembled in the far east. It's like buying a GE appliance at Xmart, although neither...
09-14-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By pdlamb

Fresh fig bars are great, like the ones from...

Fresh fig bars are great, like the ones from convenience stores in 4-bar packs. They're not as dry, and seem to have more flavor. Candy bars or fruit pies are great if you can stop to buy them.
...
09-14-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By pdlamb

I might try that new tire on the rear, if I...

I might try that new tire on the rear, if I couldn't return it. That could be the beginning of a blowout -- the threads may start spreading without support, you might get a bubble that grows until...
09-14-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By pdlamb

Speedplay might sue you for using the wrong...

Speedplay might sue you for using the wrong grease, but the pedals won't care.
09-14-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 285
Posted By pdlamb

I get the "who dies with the most toys wins," but...

I get the "who dies with the most toys wins," but $5-10 for LBS shop labor is surely the least expensive option?
09-14-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By pdlamb

Check with clothes alteration places near you. ...

Check with clothes alteration places near you. One (or more) of them may know how to block knitted wool garments. As I recall, Mom used to pin newly knitted sweaters to the bed and hit them through...
09-14-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,240
Posted By pdlamb

I think I recall reading that greasing the...

I think I recall reading that greasing the seatpost (lightly, please!) also helps prevent binding when you're tightening the bolt. There's supposedly a possibility that with a dry seatpost, it'll...
09-14-20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,117
Posted By pdlamb

You're supposed to wash them in ice water?? :)

You're supposed to wash them in ice water?? :)
Forum: Commuting
09-11-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By pdlamb

My workplace is heated. Between locking up the...

My workplace is heated. Between locking up the bike, lifting panniers off the racks, and carrying everything inside, I don't get cold there.

Long (2 minute) stop light is my biggest problem. If...
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