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08-07-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 72,499
Posted By pdlamb

Seeing "birthday ride" in this context got me...

Seeing "birthday ride" in this context got me thinking -- always a dangerous thing! 65 miles may be a bit long for Rowan; 65 km isn't a lot better.

But the English system (not used any more by...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 324
Posted By pdlamb

Become a snowbird and move to Tucson or...

Become a snowbird and move to Tucson or Albuquerque for the winter?

OK, that might be more expensive than annual chain and cassette replacement.

If you've got a basement with a drain, you could...
08-07-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 503
Posted By pdlamb

Bike mechanic work spaces should be covered in...

Bike mechanic work spaces should be covered in short white carpet to catch things like that. Unfortunately, mine's concrete -- little buggers like that spherical washer can roll a looong way. ...
08-06-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

Do you have a source for that 2 mph figure? I...

Do you have a source for that 2 mph figure? I know I've been bitten riding up to about 12 mph without a perceptible wind. Some of that could have been an imperceptible breeze (maybe 2-3 mph), Some...
08-05-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

I'd try the mosquito repellent, perhaps one of...

I'd try the mosquito repellent, perhaps one of the sunscreen/bug juice combinations if you're riding in the middle of the day. (Stops typing to scratch a bite...)

It could be worse; I was...
08-05-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By pdlamb

You really should have picked the bike up and...

You really should have picked the bike up and carried it across the deep parts.

Everything that moves and was underwater should be cleaned, dried, and re-lubed. (Except you might get by just...
08-05-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 519
Posted By pdlamb

Meh. Now get to the important part. Did you...

Meh. Now get to the important part. Did you have a good ride? What did you see that caught your attention, good or bad?
08-05-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 764
Posted By pdlamb

I'm with Andrew and Litespud on this. You bought...

I'm with Andrew and Litespud on this. You bought it for the parts, take the parts off. The bike's almost certainly been in a wreck.



Can happen? How about the downtube shears the rest of the...
08-05-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 200
Posted By pdlamb

I'm guessing 3 from the armchair on the other...

I'm guessing 3 from the armchair on the other side of the internet.

You probably don't have the lock nut sufficiently snug against the bearing/bearing nut. This is what cone wrenches are for. ...
08-04-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 809
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm... Do you have a book with a clear plastic...

Hmm... Do you have a book with a clear plastic middle, like some masks I've seen, so you can maintain visual contact with those lovely bikinis while still looking like you're reading?
08-03-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By pdlamb

What he said. But in the "Trust, but verify"...

What he said.

But in the "Trust, but verify" mindset, you might give the spokes a quick squeeze all around the wheel when you receive it, and after a few hundred miles. The first will make sure...
08-03-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 572
Posted By pdlamb

Back to the original problem, that hoarseness...

Back to the original problem, that hoarseness hits me when I'm dry. Frequent sips from water, coffee, tea, both rehydrate the larger body and moisten the throat and vocal cords.
08-03-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 451
Posted By pdlamb

From the Internet Expert Chair: Sounds like...

From the Internet Expert Chair:

Sounds like your rear tire may be worn out. Move the front tire to the back and put a new one on the front. (That'll prevent problems like the one I had last...
08-03-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,702
Posted By pdlamb

When you average hundreds of millions of X-mart...

When you average hundreds of millions of X-mart bikes running 2.25" wide tires, tens of millions of hybrids running 2" wide tires, and a few million road bikes averaging 28, maybe 32, mm wide tires,...
08-03-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 417
Posted By pdlamb

A couple things you might try: First,...

A couple things you might try:

First, instead of staring straight ahead, cock your head towards the side as if you're looking 45 degrees from straight ahead to the side. Rock your head from side...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

Railroads, interesting story, WFH... Do tell!

Railroads, interesting story, WFH... Do tell!
07-30-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

What do you get at 500 miles? I normally post my...

What do you get at 500 miles? I normally post my rides "friends only" on Strava, though I opened up enough to get to 100 for the cup Not sure I want to post more than that visible to the whole...
07-30-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 883
Posted By pdlamb

This. And I'm not going to stop and pump my...

This. And I'm not going to stop and pump my tires up in the middle of a ride, so I start with the tires inflated to the worst conditions I expect on the ride.

Assuming I don't have a flat, that...
07-30-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 553
Posted By pdlamb

In similar weather to O.P., I'll sweat a similar...

In similar weather to O.P., I'll sweat a similar amount. However, I try not to lose the weight that quickly. It's not as much a problem on a single short 2 hour ride, but when I ride longer or do...
07-30-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 724
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect the difference is in those traffic...

I suspect the difference is in those traffic stops. Stop twice as much on the shorter ride, you have to work awful hard to get from 0-20 mph 20 times. It's like the difference between a criterion...
07-30-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 616
Posted By pdlamb

I believe Problem Solvers makes (made?) a metal...

I believe Problem Solvers makes (made?) a metal NDS adapter. Effectively doubled the price of the BB, though.
07-29-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 431
Posted By pdlamb

Keds. Or whatever the latest, most fashionable...

Keds. Or whatever the latest, most fashionable sneaker is.

Trouble is, you'll be miserable on anything smaller than a large platform pedal. Which is fine if that's what you want. But if you're...
07-29-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,129
Posted By pdlamb

My favorite technique is the Pactour "1-minute"...

My favorite technique is the Pactour "1-minute" bike wash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK3eCu1fPos

OK, with the chain lube, it takes closer to 5 minutes. Requirements include:
Chain lube...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,972
Posted By pdlamb

Did you ever consider you might be called an old...

Did you ever consider you might be called an old fogey for advocating touring with a GPS? :D
07-29-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By pdlamb

The last few chains I've installed have had...

The last few chains I've installed have had various amounts of lube. Some didn't need to be wiped, some needed to be run through a rag dampened with mineral spirits to remove the excess.
07-29-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,019
Posted By pdlamb

There are some awful pads in bike shorts...

There are some awful pads in bike shorts nowadays.

Prepare to spend money (it'll be worth it). Go to your local bike shop, look at the shorts (or bibs), see how thick the pads are, make sure...
07-29-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By pdlamb

If this is a Big Ride (end of the season, or one...

If this is a Big Ride (end of the season, or one you've been building up to for a month and you'll take 3-4 days off to recover), this rule of thumb is workable.

If, on the other hand, the...
07-29-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,417
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure how long ago it was that you could...

I'm not sure how long ago it was that you could buy a mass-produced bicycle made in the U.S.A. 50 years ago wasn't quite long enough for a good bike, since the ones I got in the 70's either were...
07-29-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 654
Posted By pdlamb

Hie thee to thine local bike shop and pick up a 5...

Hie thee to thine local bike shop and pick up a 5 mm spacer ($5?). Put that below the stem and you'll be ready to ride.
07-28-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 756
Posted By pdlamb

OP, you need to ride more. I wear out the...

OP, you need to ride more.

I wear out the pads, suspension, and/or attach points on my helmets in 6-8 years. Or they start stinking. But the polystyrene foam is shielded by the outer shell, so...
07-28-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 629
Posted By pdlamb

I think I see the cause of the confusion. You...

I think I see the cause of the confusion. You seem to be thinking tension cycling between (for instance) 100 kgf and 80 kgf will fatigue the material. But to cause metal fatigue, you have to cycle...
07-27-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 629
Posted By pdlamb

Uh, no. The overtensioned wheel cracks because...

Uh, no. The overtensioned wheel cracks because the tension exceeds yield strength on the rim. Neither a properly tensioned wheel nor an overtensioned wheel is ever unloaded during rotation.

You...
07-27-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, no, don't do that! Hop on the bike at the...

Oh, no, don't do that! Hop on the bike at the crack of dawn and you can probably get three hours of riding in before it gets too hot. Your body is thinking about adjusting to that distance -- give...
07-27-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 654
Posted By pdlamb

Is there a spacer or two below the stem you can...

Is there a spacer or two below the stem you can take out? I usually try to get no more than 5 mm of stem height above the steerer -- 1/2" (12 mm) sounds too high.
07-27-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 500
Posted By pdlamb

I can't say I've ever had that problem, with Rudy...

I can't say I've ever had that problem, with Rudy Project cycling glasses, two pairs of prescription sunglasses, or ordinary glasses.

Maybe you need to ride faster so the bees will bounce off? :)
07-27-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 706
Posted By pdlamb

I'm in the "two bottles on both tubes" camp. ...

I'm in the "two bottles on both tubes" camp.

Nobody's mentioned ease in replacing the bottle after drinking. It's easier for me to see the down tube cage if I miss on the initial approach.

But...
07-25-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 773
Posted By pdlamb

+1 to all the above. Fritos are pretty good...

+1 to all the above.

Fritos are pretty good as a snack on hot days, just make sure you've got plenty of water to wash them down. Or a V-8 from a convenience store; I think they're great when I...
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,389
Posted By pdlamb

I named the color of my 2009 Randonee "slime...

I named the color of my 2009 Randonee "slime green," though I grew to tolerate it.

This must be "bright slime green," and I can't see ever tolerating it.
07-25-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,285
Posted By pdlamb

Mostly a side effect of closing all their stores...

Mostly a side effect of closing all their stores for two or three months during peak season.
07-25-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 629
Posted By pdlamb

Those cracks radiating out from the spoke hole...

Those cracks radiating out from the spoke hole look like the result of overtension -- spokes are too tight.

I can't think of a way undertensioning could result in a pattern like that, outside of...
07-25-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 629
Posted By pdlamb

Just to throw another wrench into the machine... ...

Just to throw another wrench into the machine...

The picture in the OP looks more to me like the wheel was OVER tensioned than under tensioned.
07-25-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 595
Posted By pdlamb

Golden Cheetah has more bells and whistles than I...

Golden Cheetah has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with; it's on your computer, so you don't have to worry about a web site going down; and it's free.

Of course, since you've got...
07-25-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By pdlamb

I think the answer to your shiny new bike desire...

I think the answer to your shiny new bike desire is to polish what you've got with Pledge. That week-old or 6-month-old bike will polish right up.
07-24-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,702
Posted By pdlamb

OTOH I have ridden on roads that had pieces of...

OTOH I have ridden on roads that had pieces of steel drums littered all over them.



Good point. I'm looking forward to seeing how the GP5000 lasts in MY real world tests -- puncture resistance...
07-23-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,317
Posted By pdlamb

Isn't there a UCI rule that bikes ridden in their...

Isn't there a UCI rule that bikes ridden in their events have to be available to the public? OK, so that's sort of like NASCAR is racing stock cars straight off the dealer's lot, but it tends to...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 737
Posted By pdlamb

I regularly commuted on a bike for 15 years...

I regularly commuted on a bike for 15 years before Covid, and hope to get back to commuting soon. My two cents:

I joke that I break out in a sweat when I look at a bike; my wife nods vigorously...
07-23-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 767
Posted By pdlamb

It may possible to have a problem with cloth rim...

It may possible to have a problem with cloth rim tape, but I've never had such a problem. Elastomeric strip is a whole 'nother story -- I don't trust them any more.
07-23-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By pdlamb

Yep. Buy whatever you need to get a working...

Yep. Buy whatever you need to get a working bike, and then go ride that bike.
07-23-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,293
Posted By pdlamb

The first year I did it was when I turned 50, and...

The first year I did it was when I turned 50, and I took the day off to ride. Incidentally messed up my sisters' and my wife's plans to embarrass me with 50 plastic "old crows" on my office lawn. ...
07-23-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,702
Posted By pdlamb

Every so often when I read one of Heine's...

Every so often when I read one of Heine's articles I'm reminded of the excellent Wikipedia article on chauvinism (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauvinism), especially the second and third...
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