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Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By pdlamb

$100-200 is pretty much a default price for used...

$100-200 is pretty much a default price for used bikes. Some people will try to strip the frame and sell the parts, but they're not likely to offer more than a couple hundred (so they can make money...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 787
Posted By pdlamb

I need a stiffer sole than any Teva I've ever...

I need a stiffer sole than any Teva I've ever tried, so Keen cycling sandals for my feet.
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,560
Posted By pdlamb

In hot weather, and I think my climate is similar...

In hot weather, and I think my climate is similar to Plano, a cycling cap adds 5-10 degrees to the apparent temperature. Since I can out-sweat evaporation from the cap, I end up with sweat dripping...
08-09-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By pdlamb

If it were me, I'd be looking at replacing the...

If it were me, I'd be looking at replacing the Ultegra front derailer with a Tiagra, and put a MTB or Sugino 46-36-26 or -24 crank on. Lower gearing, simpler, cheaper...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,907
Posted By pdlamb

Wipe the chain off (I use paper towels), and...

Wipe the chain off (I use paper towels), and re-lube if necessary. Bounce the bike on its wheels to knock the worst of the water off, put it someplace it can dry.

After a few rains, I'll wash the...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Sticky. I tried to take it easy, but the...

Sticky. I tried to take it easy, but the humidity is way up there, dewpoint 76F. Ah, summer in the south!

If you've ever seen a crystallization experiment in a chemistry class, that's what it...
08-08-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,148
Posted By pdlamb

I've left a bike unlocked on a rack overnight at...

I've left a bike unlocked on a rack overnight at a motel. In that case, I parked backing the bike-on-rack into the holly bush at the edge of the motel lot, figuring a thief would get painfully...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,560
Posted By pdlamb

Ride in the winter. OK, if you must ride...

Ride in the winter.

OK, if you must ride when there's sunlight in the summer, a couple of things. First, roll up a couple of bandanas to make headbands. When one is ready to start dripping...
08-07-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,119
Posted By pdlamb

If your Moulton isn't red, get a new red bike. ...

If your Moulton isn't red, get a new red bike. Everyone knows red bikes are faster.

If that's not the case, as others noted, it's probably the engine. :(
08-07-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,056
Posted By pdlamb

I know I'm going to regret asking, but... fire? ...

I know I'm going to regret asking, but... fire? You riding through campfires, or going so fast they just burn up?
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

I averaged over 15 mph for the commute home last...

I averaged over 15 mph for the commute home last night. First time this year, and it only took 20 miles averaging 18 mph to keep the average up over the last 6 miles of traffic lights. :)

Felt...
08-05-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,737
Posted By pdlamb

I don't know why Jim from Boston quoted me...

I don't know why Jim from Boston quoted me either. The "conversation" is what I'd call a "fabrication" instead. The "responses" to my post were not responding to my post, and there wasn't a clear...
08-05-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,236
Posted By pdlamb

That sounds like a ride from heck, wouldn't you...

That sounds like a ride from heck, wouldn't you rather ride rollers all day?

Or it that what it takes to ride out of downtown Seattle? ;)
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,323
Posted By pdlamb

We used to call it "Post Opera Depression" when I...

We used to call it "Post Opera Depression" when I was doing community opera performances. (POD for short, Post Tour Depression doesn't make a catchy acronym.) After "hell week" (named after...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,199
Posted By pdlamb

Way OT. The worst dogs I've seen were out in the...

Way OT. The worst dogs I've seen were out in the country in Kentucky. Of course, one of the best parts was outrunning six hound dogs from at least three houses. Helped I had 60 pounds in panniers...
08-05-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,265
Posted By pdlamb

I'm too proud to show a picture of my dyno wiring...

I'm too proud to show a picture of my dyno wiring installations.

FWIW, imagine a wire very visible winding around the fork up to the headlight, looping a bit (for slack while turning) to a zip tie...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,199
Posted By pdlamb

On a commute ride?? I thought dogs were supposed...

On a commute ride?? I thought dogs were supposed to be worse down here than Canada, but the dog I easily outran (after shouting at it) this morning was the first I've had chase me in town for a...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Had to leave early this morning, so I don't know...

Had to leave early this morning, so I don't know what school traffic looks like for one more day. (Hurray!) Do any school systems still give kids close to three months for summer vacation like they...
08-05-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure if the proper response is "ouch" or...

I'm not sure if the proper response is "ouch" or "screw them."

I don't understand some of these business models. Grainger here won't sell to an individual, but I've bought <$10 of goods from them...
08-02-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,892
Posted By pdlamb

I think it's far more reasonable for a newbie to...

I think it's far more reasonable for a newbie to ask around and find out which is(are) the better shop(s) in the area, than to expect that newbie to know how to fit a bike on craigslist. If the shop...
08-02-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 702
Posted By pdlamb

My local Ace Hardware has a very good selection...

My local Ace Hardware has a very good selection of black and plain bolts (metric or English). The local Fastenal has stainless, and seems to welcome walk-in retail shoppers, although I've been to...
08-02-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,892
Posted By pdlamb

This is why I started with the recommendation to...

This is why I started with the recommendation to go to a bike shop you trust for your test rides. If it's not a good bike shop, they won't go to the trouble of switching the stem. And if a bike...
08-02-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 17,737
Posted By pdlamb

I still have people tell me, "Be careful out...

I still have people tell me, "Be careful out there, it's a zoo," or "I'd be afraid somebody on their cell phone would kill me." Now I have a perfect comeback. "According to my cardiologist, I'd be...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,782
Posted By pdlamb

Thanks, indyfabz, that was the point I was trying...

Thanks, indyfabz, that was the point I was trying to make.
08-01-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,268
Posted By pdlamb

Another daily commuter, with occasional...

Another daily commuter, with occasional exceptions (lightning, snow and ice, or I need the car at home), 19-20 mile minimum round trip. I started bike commuting a few years before Hurricane Katrina...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By pdlamb

I guess those of us of a certain age can remember...

I guess those of us of a certain age can remember the original Compaq "portable" (sewing machine)!
08-01-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 618
Posted By pdlamb

It can preserve the wheel if something happens --...

It can preserve the wheel if something happens -- for instance, the derailer gets out of adjustment or a stick throws the chain. OTOH after a few years the spoke mounts can break and it'll rattle. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Yesterday I left late to let the third shower of...

Yesterday I left late to let the third shower of the afternoon blow through. (Still made it home dry!)

So I left the house a bit late this morning, and found as bad a traffic jam as "downtown"...
08-01-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,892
Posted By pdlamb

Metric, English. At least you didn't crash a...

Metric, English. At least you didn't crash a billion dollar spacecraft!
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,308
Posted By pdlamb

I'll keep it if I might use it. I'll return it...

I'll keep it if I might use it. I'll return it if there's contact information (like a billfold with a driver's license I took to the police station once). If it might cause me a flat, I'll take it...
07-31-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,857
Posted By pdlamb

I can't agree with this TM-1 assessment. Using...

I can't agree with this TM-1 assessment. Using the TM-1 on wheels I build/rebuild has meant going from monthly truing checks to annual touch-ups for me over the last ten years. I broke a spoke last...
07-31-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By pdlamb

That's a brilliant idea! :thumb:

That's a brilliant idea! :thumb:
Forum: Touring
07-31-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,782
Posted By pdlamb

Agree with everything indyfabz says about...

Agree with everything indyfabz says about situational awareness.

I'm typically more worried about the bike in towns and convenience stores, lunch, grocery shopping, or just buying snacks and...
07-31-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,377
Posted By pdlamb

That's all I expect. I may wear it out a time or...

That's all I expect. I may wear it out a time or two, then it'll probably be relegated to fence-painting or chain-lubing wear.

Trek please note: I'm more likely to wear it riding around town so...
07-31-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 818
Posted By pdlamb

I'd be leery of that little clearance if I took...

I'd be leery of that little clearance if I took it on gravel, since gravel around here tends to also be muddy. Gravel sticks to mud sticks to tire and instead of riding you're at the side of the...
07-31-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,538
Posted By pdlamb

+1 on the steel ruler. Replace at 12-1/16" per 12...

+1 on the steel ruler. Replace at 12-1/16" per 12 full links, or 12-3/64" if you've got a week-long ride coming up.
07-31-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 658
Posted By pdlamb

I think the only time I take a derailer apart,...

I think the only time I take a derailer apart, the jockey wheel and nut stay on the table while I'm greasing the bearing. (Ditto Campy shifter parts during a rebuild.) Bottom line, I don't have...
07-31-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,857
Posted By pdlamb

I'd call or email the place you're ordering from...

I'd call or email the place you're ordering from and ask about the spoke wrench that fits the Sapim nipple you want.

FWIW, the Park Master spoke wrench (SW-20.2 or 22.2) is much nicer than the...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

You need to talk to Darth Lefty about Thomas. :)...

You need to talk to Darth Lefty about Thomas. :)

Nice ride in again today. Rain that was threatening yesterday hit about 10:00 last night and was gone long before dawn, so another lightly...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,288
Posted By pdlamb

Since we're in the commuting forum, and most of...

Since we're in the commuting forum, and most of my flats have occurred during a commute, how does the time to get a wheel off a through axle setup and replace it after the flat's fixed compare to...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Ah. Yeah. Is the feeling everyone's staring at...

Ah. Yeah. Is the feeling everyone's staring at your athletic socks all day worse than walking around in damp sweaty socks?
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Nice early morning ride, felt like another...

Nice early morning ride, felt like another recovery ride (I needed one of those). Cool but overcast. How come the light in all those fancy pictures of famous places looks golden, but overcast light...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,981
Posted By pdlamb

Color me confused. You're going to play with...

Color me confused. You're going to play with google and youtube for "many hours as I spend reading online, communicating, education, researching, planning, etc." You're going to be touring "for a...
07-29-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,191
Posted By pdlamb

I'll second Biker395 on the "getting monitored"...

I'll second Biker395 on the "getting monitored" benefits. Frequency depends on the study, of course. My regimen post-MI was one month, 90 days later, six months, and then annually on or around the...
07-29-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,155
Posted By pdlamb

Not on the 800, I certainly hope they didn't...

Not on the 800, I certainly hope they didn't regress since then.
Forum: Commuting
07-29-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,199
Posted By pdlamb

In rough order of importance: Open eyes...

In rough order of importance:

Open eyes (with glasses)
Alert mind
Working ears
Bike in (reasonably) good mechanical condition, including:
- Good fit to rider
- Good brakes
- Good lights...
07-29-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By pdlamb

You can simply replace the light, and get up to...

You can simply replace the light, and get up to 100 lux.

You'll want to be aware that a lumen is not equal to a lux. The Busch und Muller lights put more light on the road than battery powered...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 1,402
Views: 39,576
Posted By pdlamb

Mornings are still nice here, but the afternoons...

Mornings are still nice here, but the afternoons are reminding us it's still summer. I left a little bit late for an early meeting, but focused on keeping pressure on the pedals. Minor thing, but...
07-26-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,743
Posted By pdlamb

No confirmation bias there! :) Just...

No confirmation bias there! :)

Just thinking now. Wonder how many forks Cannondale tested and couldn't find anything? Did they really thoroughly screen 1,000? (That would give them about a 63%...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,288
Posted By pdlamb

Must be tough being the product manager and...

Must be tough being the product manager and looking for fringe-about-to-become-cool concepts all the time.

I wonder how much market share the Cross Check has lost to gravel, "all road," and...
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