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12-06-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By pdlamb

Start by asking your shop how much they charge to...

Start by asking your shop how much they charge to tension and stress-relieve the two wheels on the bike. (And ask to see the tensiometer in their shop!) If it sounds high, or they give you a song...
12-06-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 345
Posted By pdlamb

Just MHO, but I'd rather have Park quality than...

Just MHO, but I'd rather have Park quality than Harbor Freight. And when I really need to lean on a wrench to deal with a corroded fastener, my delicate, white collar hands surely do appreciate the...
12-06-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 601
Posted By pdlamb

I guess it was bound to happen. Road bikes never...

I guess it was bound to happen. Road bikes never used to mention rider weight until we all followed the anorexic racers into stupid-light frames so they could climb Mt. Everest (or the...
12-05-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By pdlamb

I don't normally run into problems with cold dry...

I don't normally run into problems with cold dry air above about 20F. Below that, you can try a balaclava, breathe through your mouth and leave your nose exposed.
12-05-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,751
Posted By pdlamb

:D Beat me to it.

:D Beat me to it.
12-05-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 421
Posted By pdlamb

OP, any chance you could start commuting by bike...

OP, any chance you could start commuting by bike over the winter?

And unless you're a lot sweeter than my wife tells me I am, you won't melt in the rain.
12-05-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 229
Posted By pdlamb

The first time my Garmin battery died, I took it...

The first time my Garmin battery died, I took it down to Walmart and asked the lady at the watch counter to unscrew the cover. She was able to with her screwdriver, and pointed out it was from a set...
12-04-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By pdlamb

You obviously need to take the rest of the day...

You obviously need to take the rest of the day off (or as long as the sun is visible) to go for a sunny bike ride!
Forum: Commuting
12-04-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 830
Posted By pdlamb

It's got to be pretty bad before I'll mention it...

It's got to be pretty bad before I'll mention it to my wife. When I do, it's usually couched in such a way as to tell her that I'm alert and able to avoid incidents (and injuries) because of my...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Sunny this morning, if frosty, calm wind, it all...

Sunny this morning, if frosty, calm wind, it all made for a nice ride in. I've been wearing progressively heavier gloves and jerseys the last three days, and I finally got it dialed in as I left...
12-03-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 433
Posted By pdlamb

Leisesturm, I have to ask, 110 pounds getting...

Leisesturm, I have to ask, 110 pounds getting ready for Thanksgiving? Are you hauling donated canned goods from the grocery store to a food pantry or something?
12-02-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 707
Posted By pdlamb

That's some big gravel! (But it's mired in mud.)

That's some big gravel! (But it's mired in mud.)
12-02-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 383
Posted By pdlamb

I've had an 800 for a while, and when it started...

I've had an 800 for a while, and when it started acting a bit flaky I figured it was old enough to replace with a 1030. Naturally, the 800 took offense at that and has worked flawlessly ever since. ...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Stiff if spotty NW wind this morning kept things...

Stiff if spotty NW wind this morning kept things interesting (nice riding down the 3 mile due south stretch!), but not as bad as the 30+ mph gusts yesterday. Dark and cloudy except for about three...
12-02-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,176
Posted By pdlamb

If I wanted a Paul set, I'd wait a year and buy...

If I wanted a Paul set, I'd wait a year and buy it for $300 on the bay. Half off for year old commemorative parts, anyone?
11-26-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,434
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like you need steeper, straighter, and/or...

Sounds like you need steeper, straighter, and/or longer hills.
Forum: Commuting
11-26-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

The front that came through late last week blew...

The front that came through late last week blew almost all the leaves off almost all the trees. Made for a hard weekend (so I drove the car in yesterday), but back on the bike today. It wasn't just...
11-25-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,755
Posted By pdlamb

6" of reinforced concrete reportedly survives...

6" of reinforced concrete reportedly survives pretty well.

But don't wear that in heavy rain. You remember all the old gangster movies with references to just cement overshoes, don't you?
Forum: Commuting
11-25-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 874
Posted By pdlamb

In addition to "how cold?" you also need to...

In addition to "how cold?" you also need to specify "how far?" I've got a graduated system of clothing for my current 10 mile commute. When my commute was only 5 miles each way, I usually managed...
11-25-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By pdlamb

It'll probably work just fine for a ten ...

It'll probably work just fine for a ten thousands miles, maybe a multiple of that. Don't plan on riding over curbs, or over logs or ditches, and you'll probably be fine.

But Trek's lawyers are...
11-25-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,131
Posted By pdlamb

No, not really. You're talking about driving the...

No, not really. You're talking about driving the cap brim into the densest part of the skull. Worst thing that's likely is a scrape (and maybe knocking your glasses off).
11-25-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,343
Posted By pdlamb

I'm planning to follow REI's "lead" (in quotes...

I'm planning to follow REI's "lead" (in quotes because I've been not-shopping on black Friday for years!), and get outside. Nice bike ride, or raking leaves and picking up pecans, as the yard...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 845
Posted By pdlamb

Tom, I think you're looking for Da Brim: ...

Tom, I think you're looking for Da Brim:
https://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/apparel/head-hands-feet/sp/da-brim-sporty-helmet-visor/

The two people I've seen using them seem to...
11-20-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,755
Posted By pdlamb

For a 1-3 mile commute, the Dane might be right. ...

For a 1-3 mile commute, the Dane might be right.

For even a 7 mile commute, much less longer rides, there's such a thing as bad weather. Could be 55 mph headwind, or a thunderstorm overhead with...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Yesterday morning, I was dragging. Not the brakes...

Yesterday morning, I was dragging. Not the brakes (I checked), just me. Must have been the leftover Halloween candy -- yesterday morning I was Betty White, last night, after the Snickers bar, was...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 845
Posted By pdlamb

IME, just angling my head down, and looking...

IME, just angling my head down, and looking through the tops of my glasses, will keep fog off my glasses for the better part of a 10 mile commute. In light rain, I can usually make 6-7 miles before...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 917
Posted By pdlamb

A few suggestions: 1. Don't stop in sketchy...

A few suggestions:

1. Don't stop in sketchy areas. (I know, duh.)

2. Lock your bike when you can't see it.

3. Lock your bike at work in such a way that it won't fall over.

4. Uglify that...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 845
Posted By pdlamb

But in light rain, a visor or the brim on a cap...

But in light rain, a visor or the brim on a cap can keep light rain off the lenses!
Forum: Commuting
11-19-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Back home, back on the bike. Back to wondering,...

Back home, back on the bike. Back to wondering, "Why can't my fair city pave its streets like some other places I've ridden?"

Also, it's cooler. But I skipped the 19F morning here, it was down...
11-19-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Posted By pdlamb

I read the title and thought you had turned the...

I read the title and thought you had turned the tables, and the bicyclist was chasing the dogs.

Oh, well. :(
Forum: Touring
11-18-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,952
Posted By pdlamb

Agreed, TSA is "security theater." I don't know...

Agreed, TSA is "security theater." I don't know how many times I've checked luggage with everything from rubber cement to aftershave in it with nary a squeak. (Also, never an incident in flight,...
11-18-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,439
Posted By pdlamb

My coke bottle bottoms start around $500. Why...

My coke bottle bottoms start around $500. Why not put a decent frame around them?
11-08-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 638
Posted By pdlamb

If you do get it back together, might be a good...

If you do get it back together, might be a good idea to start saving your rides to the SD card ...
11-08-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,438
Posted By pdlamb

Please don't feed the trolls.

Please don't feed the trolls.
Forum: Commuting
11-08-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By pdlamb

DiabloScott, I kind of like the "ribbons." ...

DiabloScott, I kind of like the "ribbons." They're installed at my work, and it's easy to get three bikes cross-wise on the double top; I suspect this is a little bit more dense bike parking than...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

I've done that occasionally. It's a bit more...

I've done that occasionally. It's a bit more trouble to lug the whole helmet upstairs, rather than slipping the light into a pocket. But the comments I get are worth it sometimes. "Plugging in...
11-08-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,438
Posted By pdlamb

What's under the bumps about an inch outboard of...

What's under the bumps about an inch outboard of the tape?
Forum: Commuting
11-07-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 557
Posted By pdlamb

If I'm generous, it's just another startup mail...

If I'm generous, it's just another startup mail order bike and gear site.

Less generous, and watch my credit card statement very carefully. That's the outfit that went bankrupt. Who knows if...
11-07-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By pdlamb

You might take a look at the free clyde jerseys...

You might take a look at the free clyde jerseys sticky thread.
11-07-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 790
Posted By pdlamb

From the cheap seats (I'm cheap enough to...

From the cheap seats (I'm cheap enough to qualify):

Put that tire on the back and keep riding it. Keep an eye on it, and replace it if a bulge develops at the cut. 2.5mm, less than 1/8", is...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Autumn hasn't been that much to look at here; it...

Autumn hasn't been that much to look at here; it was too dry and hot in September, and too wet in October, for much fall color.

That said, I found a corner where the oaks and maples both managed...
11-05-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,438
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, it's like the difference between store brand...

Yes, it's like the difference between store brand duct tape and Duck(TM) tape.
11-05-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By pdlamb

Mine are in a black plastic garbage bag under my...

Mine are in a black plastic garbage bag under my bed. Black: no light damage. Bag: reduces ozone exposure. Under bed: temperature excursions are minor (compared to the other possible choice, in...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By pdlamb

For two or more bikes, the wave rack (with...

For two or more bikes, the wave rack (with suitable coatings) is hard to beat:
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/292x173/bikerack1_50dfa7408bbb680d1f8756a401b9857862b9d6a5.png
...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 1,814
Views: 61,763
Posted By pdlamb

Not quite so cool this morning. Somehow the ride...

Not quite so cool this morning. Somehow the ride seemed more crisp, clear, and beautiful than the last week or so. I don't really know what was different -- caught up on my sleep, at ease with work...
11-05-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,438
Posted By pdlamb

Bar tape tape

I re-wrapped my handlebar this weekend, and didn't finish it with electrical tape -- a first!

After previous wrappings, I'd use the tape included in most bar tape boxes, and then to make sure it...
11-04-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,813
Posted By pdlamb

The point is that your BMR isn't static, and...

The point is that your BMR isn't static, and energy burned through a day is the sum of BMR (for time off the bike) and power expended on the bike.

So you want to figure out how much you burn in a...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,000
Posted By pdlamb

My commuting is better since DST ended (I liked...

My commuting is better since DST ended (I liked it better before the feral congrescritters decided to extend daylight time by a month). I far prefer morning commutes when it's light. At the end of...
11-02-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,813
Posted By pdlamb

First, thanks for validating my idea that the...

First, thanks for validating my idea that the impetus for this thread was to estimate how much more can be eaten. :)

Second, congratulations on your commuting. You must burn twice as much as I...
11-02-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,813
Posted By pdlamb

Data <> Information, despite what you might hear...

Data <> Information, despite what you might hear today. Data (e.g., I burned 700 calories riding today) is pretty meaningless. Information (e.g., my energy balance of calories consumed vs. burned...
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