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Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 59
Posted By pdlamb

There's a state park just up the ridge from my...

There's a state park just up the ridge from my house. For several years I've done a route through there, then down to the county park at the river, and called it a bike your park ride. Easy way to...
05-26-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 80
Posted By pdlamb

You moved the saddle 0.75" and call it JUST 3/4"?...

You moved the saddle 0.75" and call it JUST 3/4"? "Just" in saddle movement, in my book, is 1/8" or so!
05-26-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 368
Posted By pdlamb

Also make sure your crank fixing bolt is torqued...

Also make sure your crank fixing bolt is torqued properly.
Replies: 15
Views: 211
Posted By pdlamb

Figured out this weekend I need to pull my...

Figured out this weekend I need to pull my hydration pack out of well, out of wherever it is now. It's getting too hot to ride more than a couple hours with just a couple of water bottles, and I...
05-26-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 121
Posted By pdlamb

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be...

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be repacked more often.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 407
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, no, ANTI-oxidants with phytochemicals, and...

Oh, no, ANTI-oxidants with phytochemicals, and vegan-friendly protein enriched! :)
05-21-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By pdlamb

Bummer. I'd be tempted to see if a framebuilder...

Bummer. I'd be tempted to see if a framebuilder or welder in your area could fix it, but then you're out $$ and out of recourse if something does happen.

It might help if you gave us a few more...
05-21-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 206
Posted By pdlamb

Hard to beat a manufacturer's...

Hard to beat a manufacturer's recommendation/specification. Time for another BB!
05-21-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 328
Posted By pdlamb

Not every bicycle mechanic knows how to build or...

Not every bicycle mechanic knows how to build or fix wheels. Sounds like the wrench at your shop doesn't, unfortunately. So here's one more vote for "find another shop." If you've got friends who...
05-21-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, goodie, another snake thread! I just...

Oh, goodie, another snake thread!

I just missed a foot and a half rattler last weekend. Lucky for me, it was already roadkill.
05-21-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 783
Posted By pdlamb

I might scan the cover of my passport (the part...

I might scan the cover of my passport (the part that says "United States of America") and send that in... They didn't tell you which part to scan in, now did they?
05-20-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,460
Posted By pdlamb

You're right. I got caught up looking for...

You're right. I got caught up looking for familiar-looking German words and mixed up the two columns. Wonder, though, if the 1030+ will have a micro chip slot like the 1030?
05-20-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 211
Posted By pdlamb

I'd think the time and money to find scarce...

I'd think the time and money to find scarce replacement rings would still present a substantial savings over removing the old coatings and getting them professionally re-coated. Unless, of course,...
05-20-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 359
Posted By pdlamb

I let a chain go too long last year, and had to...

I let a chain go too long last year, and had to replace chain, cassette, AND chainrings.

With that background, if the Park chain checker is showing that kind of uneven wear, I'd replace it. $15...
05-20-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,465
Posted By pdlamb

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every...

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every stop sign and never exceeds the speed limit. :D
05-20-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 860
Posted By pdlamb

I'll wipe down the rims with a clean, dry (to...

I'll wipe down the rims with a clean, dry (to start with!) paper towel after a rainy commute, if it's not also too cold. Hard for OP to relate, from LA, I suppose.

I'll also wash the rims when I...
05-20-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,460
Posted By pdlamb

Did I read that right? They cut the internal...

Did I read that right? They cut the internal memory in half and called it "Plus"?

(No wonder I can't buy a jersey by size!)
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,306
Posted By pdlamb

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By pdlamb

Reminds me of fenders. After putting fenders on...

Reminds me of fenders. After putting fenders on two bikes, when I bought my daughter a bike, I had mechanic install the fenders. I thought they surely knew what they were doing, and we'd be out of...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,115
Posted By pdlamb

I was really glad to be westbound out of Chester...

I was really glad to be westbound out of Chester because it was mostly downhill! I suspect that bridge dates back to the WPA. Nice view from the middle of the river, but no place to stop to take a...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By pdlamb

You'd be wasting your breath. The whole country...

You'd be wasting your breath. The whole country has bought into the "screen for fever" theatrical trick (except for 1600 Penna. Ave., where excess tests are sent).

I'd suggest checking before you...
05-18-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,011
Posted By pdlamb

IIRC the return period is 3 years on bicycles. ...

IIRC the return period is 3 years on bicycles. Mine was just over three years old (bought under the old lifetime warranty) when the dropout broke. They replaced it without question, but the chief...
05-18-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 679
Posted By pdlamb

Monthly fee on my plan to use a mobile hotspot,...

Monthly fee on my plan to use a mobile hotspot, plus the chance of a data overage.

I'm old, set in my ways, and cheap, and I've never really needed to use the hotspot. YMMV.
Forum: Commuting
05-18-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 407
Posted By pdlamb

I started using it about once a month with new...

I started using it about once a month with new saddles, gradually tapering off to once or twice a year. The new leather really soaks it up.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

Once you've narrowed the field to tires with wide...

Once you've narrowed the field to tires with wide tires (for bad pavement), reasonably low gearing (for bridges and approaches), plenteous attachment points (for racks and fenders), and reasonably...
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 601
Posted By pdlamb

Don't touch that dial! You don't need to open up...

Don't touch that dial! You don't need to open up a dyno hub, and you don't want to, either! A dyno may feel a bit "notchy" when you first ride one -- mine had what felt like a resonance at 15-17...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 601
Posted By pdlamb

I've been running a Shimano dyno hub (DH3N72 or...

I've been running a Shimano dyno hub (DH3N72 or 80) for eight or nine years now, paired up with a B&M IQ-X, upgraded from an earlier B&M. I've also got a Schmidt SON (previous version) running with...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 660
Posted By pdlamb

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36...

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36 teeth each, in steel, weigh less than a 22 or 24 tooth chainring?

And at what cassette count do we need to start worrying about dinging up the...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. First off, if your workplace has toilets,...

Hmm. First off, if your workplace has toilets, especially a handicap stall, you've got a changing facility.

These covers look like they'd be a sail in any wind, and a drag if you ride at speed. ...
05-13-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 595
Posted By pdlamb

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. ...

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. Get an 8 mm hex wrench and, if you can tighten the bolt in the middle of the left crank, do so. It takes a lot of torque to get it right.
05-13-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,046
Posted By pdlamb

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the...

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the carbon fiber underneath, but … I'd certainly take it in and have them take a look. Should be a warranty replacement if it's the crack it looks like.
05-12-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,308
Posted By pdlamb

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in...

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in the midst of a pandemic, possibly), I think it's reasonable to ask if MSRP includes installation. I've bought a number of parts and supplies that...
05-12-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 534
Posted By pdlamb

Bullfrog gel. Less sun seems to get through than...

Bullfrog gel. Less sun seems to get through than when I use Neutrogena, Blue Lizard, XMart Cheap Brand, or anything else. It spreads well and the alcohol carrier evaporates, so after 5-10 minutes...
05-11-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 547
Posted By pdlamb

I'd say stomach clearance might be the #1...

I'd say stomach clearance might be the #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) problem. Don't buy a bike with bars below seat level. Wheels will take a few hundred...
05-11-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By pdlamb

On my rather large 2009 Randonee with brifters,...

On my rather large 2009 Randonee with brifters, the standard cable fits with an inch or two to spare. With bar-ends, I'd need a tandem cable.

I've not had much luck finding tandem cables locally,...
05-11-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,055
Posted By pdlamb

The pressures the (lite) calculator give are...

The pressures the (lite) calculator give are about the minimum before I notice the tires are squirrely. I'll take another 10-15 psi, please.

Just out of curiosity, how many people regularly stop...
05-11-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By pdlamb

I'll usually pump the tires up on January 1 to...

I'll usually pump the tires up on January 1 to get ready for the first ride of the year.

My wife puts up with bike parts boxes all year. I put up with her craft, clothes, and grandchild boxes,...
05-11-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By pdlamb

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames...

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames replaced, both because of welding issues around the rear dropout. Lifetime warranty was a tour-saver on the second one -- took an extra day to run to the...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 592
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto. I did take the rack off one bike 6-8...

Ditto.

I did take the rack off one bike 6-8 years ago. It was an aluminum rack that came with the bike, and the panniers had rubbed about a third of the way through the struts. New Tubus steel...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 979
Posted By pdlamb

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles...

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles adjusted correctly is using two-bolt seatposts. "Lots of adjustments" with a single-bolt seatpost is often a crapshoot; you loosen it enough to adjust...
05-08-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 904
Posted By pdlamb

Three bikes. The first one that came with 32...

Three bikes. The first one that came with 32 spoke wheels has Mavic A321 rims, and carried some 300 pounds across the country. (Took about 10 minutes for the shop in Missoula to touch them up!) ...
05-07-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 873
Posted By pdlamb

Also not a lady, but I bought myself a Brooks...

Also not a lady, but I bought myself a Brooks Flyer before my first tour. My daughter, who rode with me, was having trouble with her saddle, so I put it on her bike.

I never got it back. :(
Forum: Commuting
05-07-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By pdlamb

How many miles? Depends on you and the saddle. ...

How many miles? Depends on you and the saddle. My first B-17 took about 500 miles (a little over a month) to get really comfortable. The Team Pro took over 1,000 miles. Another B-17 took about 75...
05-06-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By pdlamb

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of...

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of an interview I heard with Christine Legarde, the European Central Bank head, a while back. She was a synchronized swimmer when she was younger. She...
Replies: 23
Views: 1,061
Posted By pdlamb

Back before the airlines decided they wanted to...

Back before the airlines decided they wanted to court bicycle riders, I bought a very nice custom bike with S&S couplers so I could fly inexpensively with it. It's a lovely bike; tricked out with...
05-06-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By pdlamb

The Cateye Padrone may be a little bit more, but...

The Cateye Padrone may be a little bit more, but they have noticeably larger displays than anything else in the low end market.

You could get a Garmin 1030 and run it with just three items. It's...
05-06-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,451
Posted By pdlamb

dedhed hit the nail on the head. (Sorry, I...

dedhed hit the nail on the head. (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Most inexpensive wheels are built by machines which get them kinda round and quit. A good wheel builder will tension the spokes...
05-06-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 599
Posted By pdlamb

Hate to tell you, but a taller gear isn't going...

Hate to tell you, but a taller gear isn't going to make you go faster.

You need to work on pedaling faster, instead. Figure out how to count how many times you push the pedals around in a minute;...
05-06-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 949
Posted By pdlamb

That sequence looks like garbage. ...

That sequence looks like garbage. Gasoline/petrol will cut the grease (and, as noted, it's dangerous). Degreaser cuts the grease, too, but usually needs water to get the degreaser off. Ethanol to...
05-06-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By pdlamb

I'm batting about .500 using an easy-out. I'm...

I'm batting about .500 using an easy-out. I'm worse than an American League pitcher trying to drill a screw out.

If you're not confident in your tool and machine skills, wait and let the bike...
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