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09-24-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 88
Posted By pdlamb

One bike, lay the bike seat down and carry it...

One bike, lay the bike seat down and carry it inside.

2-4 bikes, you can get a bolt-on hitch (don't try towing anything with it!), and then use your favorite hitch rack.
09-23-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 92
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: 12
Views: 330
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: 8
Views: 191
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: 23,639
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: 22
Views: 423
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: 99
Views: 2,097
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: 16
Views: 271
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: 17
Views: 397
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: 129
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: 529
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: 242
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: 229
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: 275
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: 165
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: 242
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: 591
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: 504
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: 385
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: 801
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: 32
Views: 860
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: 1,070
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: 176
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: 816
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: 592
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: 11
Views: 407
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: 11
Views: 407
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: 910
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: 601
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: 14
Views: 428
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: 168
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: 450
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: 281
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: 373
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: 1,228
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: 3,089
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: 504
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...
09-11-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,205
Posted By pdlamb

By the end of the second week, everybody,...

By the end of the second week, everybody, regardless of age or condition, was walking out saying, "Maybe I could have done a little bit more, but I think I'll go sit in the recliner for a few hours."
Forum: Touring
09-10-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,044
Posted By pdlamb

By mid July, when I tried the same thing, I was...

By mid July, when I tried the same thing, I was surprised how tolerable it was. Helped that the western shore has a shallow shelf that warmed the ice water up just a bit.

No soap going into the...
09-10-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 943
Posted By pdlamb

In other news, boutique bicycle parts makers want...

In other news, boutique bicycle parts makers want you to buy more of their overpriced products.
09-10-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 889
Posted By pdlamb

If the voices in my head are getting drowned out,...

If the voices in my head are getting drowned out, I can sing along with them. :)
09-10-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By pdlamb

That's like asking, "How much will an I-beam...

That's like asking, "How much will an I-beam hold?" The one on an interstate bridge will carry a lot more than the one on your cheap backyard shed roof.

I suspect either bike will be fine for...
09-10-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By pdlamb

Agree with most of this; I normally aim for...

Agree with most of this; I normally aim for 105-115 kgf, but the spokes will handle a lot more tension than the rim.

I do check NDS at the end of the build, though. I go around the wheel and see...
09-10-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,205
Posted By pdlamb

Welcome to the club. Sorry you're here. Glad...

Welcome to the club. Sorry you're here. Glad you're still here. :/



Some of this sounds familiar. My wife was convinced I'd had a stroke. Fortunately for me, one of the cardiologists she...
09-10-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By pdlamb

I think this is landing where I staked out a...

I think this is landing where I staked out a position before, just from a slightly different angle:




And part of the problem we have at BF is that so many people see the Goretex ads, drink...
09-10-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By pdlamb

Does Proofide work as well on your back side as...

Does Proofide work as well on your back side as it does on leather saddles? :D
09-09-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By pdlamb

First thing I'd do in your situation would be to...

First thing I'd do in your situation would be to re-think the August hill climb. It'd be tough to recycle in 4-5 weeks for anybody, much less when you're over 70.

Since you seem to like...
09-09-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By pdlamb

I'd suggest you don't jump into training just...

I'd suggest you don't jump into training just yet. Go ride your bike, four or five times a week, for the first month. Have fun. Then you can assess where you are and start formal training October...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 955
Posted By pdlamb

What's on sale?

What's on sale?
09-09-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 827
Posted By pdlamb

50s aren't bad, depending on humidity, wind, and...

50s aren't bad, depending on humidity, wind, and sun sometimes I'll just grab a warmer short sleeve jersey. (After you ride long enough, you may accumulate a wide variety of jerseys!) Below that...
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