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Posted By pdlamb

I'm always short of salt on longer rides, so a V8...

I'm always short of salt on longer rides, so a V8 or an order of french fries fills that need. Of course the V8 has almost zero carbs.

Most enjoyable carbs? Those prepared fruit pies, or...
06-21-19, 08:51 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

52 should be a doddle. Now that last quarter...

52 should be a doddle. Now that last quarter mile, to make it your current age, could be tough. ;)
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By pdlamb

I tried waxing a couple of chains and swapping...

I tried waxing a couple of chains and swapping them, so I didn't have to re-wax so often. Each waxing lasted about 300 miles if it was dry. Going in, my average chain life was about 2,000 miles. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1,157
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Posted By pdlamb

A very nice ride this morning. Weather was...

A very nice ride this morning. Weather was bright, cool, and calm, traffic was light and calm, and I was calm too. Pedaling along at a good clip, I guess I zoned out a few times -- wow, at the end of...
06-20-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,199
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not in favor of getting people fired either,...

I'm not in favor of getting people fired either, but if you don't give their bosses/administrators/supervisors some feedback, they can't counsel their people and correct or influence future behavior....
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By pdlamb

I smile every time I drop the car off and answer...

I smile every time I drop the car off and answer the question, "No, I don't need a shuttle, I've got a bike instead."
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 09:36 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

This morning I started a bit late, last night's...

This morning I started a bit late, last night's rain had passed so it was nice and cool. I was going to post about the cute blonde in the shiny new red Mustang I followed, but then the last mile and...
06-18-19, 03:25 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

Teenagers with zits? Big money! Big money!

Teenagers with zits? Big money! Big money!
06-18-19, 12:48 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

I've started calling my dermatologist (or even...

I've started calling my dermatologist (or even plastic surgeon if it's on my face) directly rather than go through my PCP. Even so, it's aggravating that they first available appointment...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-19, 07:23 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Light shower came in between breakfast and the...

Light shower came in between breakfast and the start of the commute, but (since it didn't cover my glasses) it was free sweat, a nice respite. Cleared up mid-commute, so I thought I'd add a few more...
06-17-19, 11:14 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

For hand washing: Wash the exterior surfaces...

For hand washing: Wash the exterior surfaces first. Add some hot, soapy water to the bottle, screw on the lid. Squirt the soap through the lid. Rinse everything off, and squirt hot rinse water...
06-17-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,199
Posted By pdlamb

If you haven't already, you're likely to get a...

If you haven't already, you're likely to get a survey to fill out Real Soon Now on how you liked your treatment. If you can remember Ms. Problem's name, calling her out and giving the hospital a low...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By pdlamb

Or in other words, not very often and not very...

Or in other words, not very often and not very well. At least after I find the wire or bit of glass.

I can't tell you how many times I've had a flat and found glass bits stuck in the visible tire...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 09:27 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Have you done a test ride of your route, on a...

Have you done a test ride of your route, on a weekend morning, for instance? How long does it take you? (Guessing about an hour...)

I'd suggest planning on drinking a quart of water per hour of...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 09:20 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Overcast and cool again this morning. So cool, I...

Overcast and cool again this morning. So cool, I started wondering if I would see the kids lined up waiting for the school bus today. Then I realized I was too early. Took a few more pedal strokes...
06-17-19, 09:09 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Agreed. Material flaw might cause one spoke...

Agreed.

Material flaw might cause one spoke to break. After the third failure (and an accelerated rate), you've probably got a cheap machine-built wheel with undertensioned spokes. The spokes...
06-17-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,789
Posted By pdlamb

Dishwasher, top rack. If they don't fit, wash in...

Dishwasher, top rack. If they don't fit, wash in the sink with dishwashing detergent of your choice as quickly as possible after use, especially with anything other than water.

As noimagination...
06-14-19, 03:14 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

At a guess -- you wore it off?

At a guess -- you wore it off?
06-14-19, 09:24 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

While I wouldn't usually suggest REI (aka "MSRP...

While I wouldn't usually suggest REI (aka "MSRP World") as a low-cost source, watch for their sales. Start with 10% off 10 or more "performance foods," get it up to $100 when they're having $20 off...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,256
Posted By pdlamb

Search for the Lon Haldeman youtube video on how...

Search for the Lon Haldeman youtube video on how to clean a bike. Bucket, hot water, Dawn, and one specific brush (that really makes a difference as it really doesn't capture and hold chain grease...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,177
Posted By pdlamb

Agree on the polyester. I suspect you'll find...

Agree on the polyester. I suspect you'll find the crotch of any dress pants wear out faster when you're cycling -- one reason I prefer to wear cycling shorts and change at work.
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 08:57 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Supposedly down into the lower 50s this morning,...

Supposedly down into the lower 50s this morning, so I dug out my heavy wool (but still short sleeve!) jersey. Didn't need it, as it was warming quickly. Nice riding with just a breeze instead of a...
06-14-19, 08:48 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Enquiring minds want to know: what scent works...

Enquiring minds want to know: what scent works best?
06-13-19, 12:28 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

I'm willing to answer any questions people have,...

I'm willing to answer any questions people have, but I generally try not to initiate a conversation.* I'm a convert, and converts are generally boring to listen to -- think of people who stopped...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,184
Posted By pdlamb

My favorite is the 24 oz Polar insulated bottle. ...

My favorite is the 24 oz Polar insulated bottle.

I use them until they wear out, or start growing mold or mildew, or lose one. Some of the older Specialized bottles would crack in the middle...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 10:05 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

It's like spring again here. Low 60s, very...

It's like spring again here. Low 60s, very welcome after a couple weeks in the 90s. I could get used to this!

Yesterday was interesting; south winds (headwind) in the morning brought moisture up...
06-12-19, 02:54 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

The paved part. Seriously, before the thread...

The paved part.

Seriously, before the thread gets moved to A&S, somebody suggested a few decades back that a car will give you as much room to the left of you as you take to the left of the fog...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 02:50 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

Same here (although I hang my socks on my...

Same here (although I hang my socks on my computer to dry all day). OP might want fresh clothes after 1.5 hours of riding in, though.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,382
Posted By pdlamb

May as well close the thread. No more topical...

May as well close the thread. No more topical discussion to be read here.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 09:27 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Rather pleasant morning; cool and overcast,...

Rather pleasant morning; cool and overcast, although a bit breezy. Traffic was no problem except for a couple long lines of cars I had to wait for, at places I almost never have to wait. Nice...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,193
Posted By pdlamb

My knee-jerk reaction is to say, "In before...

My knee-jerk reaction is to say, "In before indyfabz and the lock." I suspect spinnaker has this pegged, but just in case we're wrong, I'll try a straight answer.

In general, the best traffic'ed...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,382
Posted By pdlamb

Try a triple on what you got to climb hills, with...

Try a triple on what you got to climb hills, with or without child or groceries. Then look for a bike to see you through winter (maybe with studs?) and tackle the gravel.

What kind of carbon...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 08:35 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Last night's ride home was a workout. I looked...

Last night's ride home was a workout. I looked up the weather report when I got home; winds gusting 25-30 mph meant I was maintaining an air speed of 40 mph or so -- sounds a lot better than I...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,277
Posted By pdlamb

As others have noted, learn to read the weather...

As others have noted, learn to read the weather radar on your smart phone (assuming you're riding where there's cell phone coverage).

At least in my experience, it's pretty rare to have even one...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 02:54 PM
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Views: 1,350
Posted By pdlamb

And if you like how that works, you can put some...

And if you like how that works, you can put some chain lube on the (rusted) chain. Pedaling can be so easy!

:)
06-10-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By pdlamb

My S&S coupled bike uses indexed bar-end 9-speed...

My S&S coupled bike uses indexed bar-end 9-speed shifters; like HillRider, shifting is always spot-on when I assemble it right. (The second time I did start screwing the adjuster, which, not...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,157
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Posted By pdlamb

Back in town, back to work. The ride started out...

Back in town, back to work. The ride started out cool but was warming quickly, but it was steamy humid the entire way. (Funny, I just spent last week in a desert, and my sinuses are rejoicing for...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,359
Posted By pdlamb

[QUOTE=bertusg;20956026]I regularly go for 20 to...

[QUOTE=bertusg;20956026]I regularly go for 20 to 40 milers at 15-17mph avg, 2-4 times a week, sometimes 50 & the other day a 60 miler on my mountain bike. Mostly flat around AZ, with a few hills &...
05-31-19, 12:07 PM
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Posted By pdlamb

You might be able to find a 9 speed wheel, then...

You might be able to find a 9 speed wheel, then get a 10 mm hex wrench to swap the cassette holder with what's on the hub you have now.
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,622
Posted By pdlamb

If you're just sore as in tired of being on a...

If you're just sore as in tired of being on a bike, the best thing to do is simply ride more. A leather saddle (Brooks B17 or Pro) might relieve some local pressure after you've broken it in, but...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,103
Posted By pdlamb

Obviously I need to start paying more attention...

Obviously I need to start paying more attention to my bikes. Just this week found out I'd neglected a chain too long. New chainrings, cassette, and chain -- those add up to a lot more than 3 extra...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,157
Views: 28,495
Posted By pdlamb

I got lucky last night! I was pre-approved (by...

I got lucky last night! I was pre-approved (by She Who Must Be Obeyed) for the group ride after work, but when I was headed over to meet them, I looked up and thought it might be better to head home...
05-31-19, 08:59 AM
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Posted By pdlamb

Usually takes me 10-15 minutes to do it right,...

Usually takes me 10-15 minutes to do it right, just swapping the tube out for repair at home (when I get 5-6 that need it, so the patch kit glue doesn't dry up). The biggest problem is normally...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,157
Views: 28,495
Posted By pdlamb

The thermometer is still in the upper 70s, but a...

The thermometer is still in the upper 70s, but a nice south wind kept me so cool I won't even complain about the headwind. Long route again today as I wait for the road destruction to turn into...
05-29-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,953
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure how long the OP has been riding 20...

I'm not sure how long the OP has been riding 20 miles/day on this stuff, but with 2" tires (or there about), I'd think riding this gravel would be a case of rider skill more than equipment. I don't...
Replies: 14
Views: 2,075
Posted By pdlamb

Based on my experience in those conditions, you...

Based on my experience in those conditions, you might be low in fluids and perhaps salt (aka electrolytes).

Try to weigh yourself before you roll out in the morning, and again when you get home. ...
05-29-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,727
Posted By pdlamb

What size t-shirt do you wear? If you get a...

What size t-shirt do you wear? If you get a "club" jersey, get that size.

Unless it's a Hincapie jersey. The 3X Hincapie that was too small when I wore a 2X in everything else is only snug now...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,157
Views: 28,495
Posted By pdlamb

The first block of my commute took 35 minutes. ...

The first block of my commute took 35 minutes.

I neglected chain measurement for too long, and it started skipping on me yesterday. So when I got home, I replace the chain and went in to supper. ...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,506
Posted By pdlamb

First four work so well I didn't open the lens...

First four work so well I didn't open the lens cleaning packet for years.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,298
Posted By pdlamb

It's so much easier to point a camera out the...

It's so much easier to point a camera out the window in Atlanta than look up the Wind River Lake webcam!

Is the late snow likely to mean fewer fires later this year within 2-300 miles of...
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