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10-29-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By pdlamb

Look carefully at the hub before you do anything...

Look carefully at the hub before you do anything different. There may be some spoke tracks bedded into the hub. If so, keep the same spoke pattern so you don't end up with spokes crossing the...
10-29-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 356
Posted By pdlamb

I've got Shimano 9-speed bar ends; original was...

I've got Shimano 9-speed bar ends; original was from 2008, its replacement (after gorilla baggage mis-handler incident) is probably ca. 2015. I've never had problems with lever stiffness on either...
10-28-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By pdlamb

That's probably $15 each today after inflation. ...

That's probably $15 each today after inflation. ;) But I take your point, if you've accumulated tools for other things (household repairs, anyone?) I don't see how you'd rack up $200-300 with a...
10-28-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By pdlamb

I agree, the last few shots look much better than...

I agree, the last few shots look much better than the originals.

I'd probably put a base of Rustoleum on the bare metal, then finish with either "matching" or contrasting paint (I've never quite...
10-27-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. That's roughly what I thought it might look...

Hmm. That's roughly what I thought it might look like when you got the paint off. Keep wire brushing or sanding until you get down to shiny metal.

You might also want to get a six penny nail and...
10-27-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 612
Posted By pdlamb

The problem is that, IME, chain wear seems to...

The problem is that, IME, chain wear seems to accelerate as it happens. So if a chain has "stretched" 1/16" at 2,000 miles, it'll be at 12-1/8" at 2,500 miles, and 12-1/4" at 3,000 miles. With 1/4"...
10-27-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,354
Posted By pdlamb

Ah, it's all a matter of taste. I saw this one...

Ah, it's all a matter of taste. I saw this one in the shop and thought I'd had some bad curry for lunch, but apparently some Seahawks fans like it. (Note how the gawd-awful fender color matches the...
10-27-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 366
Posted By pdlamb

That looks like a vent hole to me, but the...

That looks like a vent hole to me, but the bubbling paint is concerning. After you've brushed or sanded the paint off you'll be able to assess it better. If the hole is pretty much circular, you...
10-27-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 612
Posted By pdlamb

When 12 links exceed 12-1/16" it's time to...

When 12 links exceed 12-1/16" it's time to replace the chain. TBH, I've got a Park checker I can drop down a few places around the chain -- I usually wait until the first one drops to squat down on...
10-27-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 385
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure it's possible to pack an ordinary...

I'm not sure it's possible to pack an ordinary bike, especially a large one, inside the 62" requirement. Bike Friday or an S&S coupled bike are made for traveling under that requirement.

Before...
Forum: Touring
10-26-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,377
Posted By pdlamb

After all the threads obsessing over all the...

After all the threads obsessing over all the minutiae of your gear, I'd thought it was possible you were trying to learn the lessons of history in order not to repeat them. Now it seems that was not...
10-26-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 774
Posted By pdlamb

Trying very hard not to draw parallels with the...

Trying very hard not to draw parallels with the princess and the pea... Oops.

I've tasted warm water from cheap bottles that tasted a lot like plastic, but I've never compared it to poop.

Two...
10-26-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 164
Posted By pdlamb

Also not familiar with the 520. However, on the...

Also not familiar with the 520. However, on the 800 and higher, you can mark sections with new laps. You'll need to find a way (good memory, maybe?) to figure out which sections were "good view"...
10-26-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,208
Posted By pdlamb

Someone pointed out, back on usenet, that most...

Someone pointed out, back on usenet, that most motor vehicle drivers will give you as much room as you take.

So, for instance, you're riding to the right of the fog line. No need for the driver...
10-26-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,108
Posted By pdlamb

Hot air, from the campaigns? ;) Don't think...

Hot air, from the campaigns? ;)

Don't think I've bought anything for the stockpile since last winter, but I may run out of tires next year if the usual vendors don't have end of the year sales.
10-26-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,354
Posted By pdlamb

What, took it to Pennsylvania? Given...

What, took it to Pennsylvania?



Given the apparent weather in the picture, pretty cool.
10-21-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,208
Posted By pdlamb

I've seen some people get freaked out every time...

I've seen some people get freaked out every time a car or truck passes them. Some folks aren't used to riding with other traffic, and I can sympathize. I recommend a course of acclimatization for...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 574
Views: 51,429
Posted By pdlamb

C'mon, it's high season for politicians. Why...

C'mon, it's high season for politicians. Why shouldn't I get to argue out of both sides of my mouth?

My normal commuting routine (when I had one) was to go to my cube, check email, then down to...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 574
Views: 51,429
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, sure, you do the ride around a normal...

Yeah, sure, you do the ride around a normal commute time, and you get the distance in.

No, no way, you don't walk around the office in your bike clothes (dripping sweat in the summer), and you've...
10-21-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By pdlamb

298 and 300 in stock....

298 and 300 in stock. (https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=16560)
10-21-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By pdlamb

I've also had good luck with Rema patches, bought...

I've also had good luck with Rema patches, bought in bulk. I've use Rema, Slime, and even Elmer's rubber cement, and can't tell the difference between them over many years and many, many patches. ...
10-21-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,844
Posted By pdlamb

The put kymikalz in the clothes they send over...

The put kymikalz in the clothes they send over here!
10-20-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,577
Posted By pdlamb

If you're 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, like a...

If you're 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, like a freight train, maybe. But you'd probably want a heavy bike to carry your massive (bicycling) engine.
10-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 517
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a Zefal gauge in one bike's saddle bag,...

I've got a Zefal gauge in one bike's saddle bag, but I hardly ever use it. Compared to digging the gauge out of the bag, taking off the cap, unscrewing the valve -- and then reversing the process --...
10-20-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,036
Posted By pdlamb

I got pulled over once for riding on a military...

I got pulled over once for riding on a military base with a "camera" on my helmet. I showed him how the headlight worked, dazzling the MP, who let me go after reminding me about the camera policy. ...
10-20-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,577
Posted By pdlamb

Once you're rolling on a flat road, heavy bikes...

Once you're rolling on a flat road, heavy bikes don't take any more energy to pedal than light bikes.

Knobby tires do take more energy, but as Pop notes, they're not as much fun to ride.

Now if...
10-19-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,634
Posted By pdlamb

$105 for leather gravel riding gloves? Last time...

$105 for leather gravel riding gloves? Last time I looked I could get some really nice (goatskin) leather gloves for half that!

Oh, I might have to take my wife out to dinner to get her to stich...
10-19-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,354
Posted By pdlamb

If you've taken an emotional dislike to...

If you've taken an emotional dislike to fenders/mudguards, you'll never like looking at them.

Except, perhaps, when you're riding down a wet street, happen to look down, and think, "Wow, if it...
10-16-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 440
Posted By pdlamb

Same here. I guess the tread wears out before...

Same here. I guess the tread wears out before those threads cause any other problem.
10-16-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 4,085
Posted By pdlamb

OK, if you're artificially limiting your diet...

OK, if you're artificially limiting your diet you'll have to make some effort to add in the nutrients you've cut out.



All those people are dead now. :)
10-16-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,562
Posted By pdlamb

I think I threw out the last tube from when this...

I think I threw out the last tube from when this thread was new last year. Only nine or ten patches on it, but the new puncture was through the edge of a previous patch. :(
10-16-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 710
Posted By pdlamb

I think you're right, large number of miles and...

I think you're right, large number of miles and very low probability, I've still had something every 2-3 years. You can thank me for my contribution to keeping the average where it is when you...
10-16-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 350
Posted By pdlamb

I've been using the Amsoil for a half dozen...

I've been using the Amsoil for a half dozen years. I don't know how well it's doing, but all the rust on my bikes seems to be on the outside.
10-16-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 774
Posted By pdlamb

Just thinking out loud, as it were. Could you...

Just thinking out loud, as it were. Could you leave the BB in for the painting, then just unscrew it when you're ready to build the bike back up?

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Brifter: a good bit of jargon...
10-16-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 583
Posted By pdlamb

Five year old Polar water bottle lids were coming...

Five year old Polar water bottle lids were coming loose. Email customer service, I ended up getting three new lids for postage (which cost about half the price of one replacement bottle!).
...
10-16-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 710
Posted By pdlamb

I ride almost entirely on roads, and I've had...

I ride almost entirely on roads, and I've had three road bike tires blow out on the sidewalls. One was a defective new tire -- the manufacturer replaced it with no questions beyond "Can you send us...
10-15-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By pdlamb

Yep, same here (except for the Sno Seal). It's...

Yep, same here (except for the Sno Seal). It's too much trouble to take the saddle off to reach all the parts above the rails, and then try to get it back in the exact same location. (Fenders and a...
10-15-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,009
Posted By pdlamb

At first glance I read that as Double Python, as...

At first glance I read that as Double Python, as in Monte Python Monte Python. At second glance it still fits.
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,267
Posted By pdlamb

OP, when are you thinking about this tour? It...

OP, when are you thinking about this tour? It won't be too much longer until the winter storms hit. Second worst windy day I've had was near the CA coast -- reminded me of my worst windy day ever,...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,781
Posted By pdlamb

I've bought a lot of Sidi parts over the years,...

I've bought a lot of Sidi parts over the years, but I've never seen replaceable/replacement treads. Can you supply a link?
Forum: Commuting
10-15-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,155
Posted By pdlamb

I doubt a Marathon is going to add 30 minutes to...

I doubt a Marathon is going to add 30 minutes to your 90 minute commute. 5 minutes, possibly.

Now if you do the math, you might think the average would be a downer. 40 extra minutes of commuting...
10-15-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,881
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, but can you play the piano like Liberace?

Yeah, but can you play the piano like Liberace?
10-15-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 540
Posted By pdlamb

IMHO hours of recovery is something Garmin put in...

IMHO hours of recovery is something Garmin put in to make up for the lack of stand-up comedians during Covid.
10-15-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 710
Posted By pdlamb

I just posted the other day, to a different...

I just posted the other day, to a different thread, that I've successfully limped home twice with a booted tire and lowered tire pressure. I've also had three or four times when I tried a boot and...
10-15-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,370
Posted By pdlamb

Deal with that every week. Except the pony is a...

Deal with that every week. Except the pony is a mustang and the pistol is a shotgun mounted in the rear window of the pickup.
10-15-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By pdlamb

If anyone is inclined to try the beer can shim,...

If anyone is inclined to try the beer can shim, your math is a bit off. One full wrap would increase the effective diameter 0.2 mm (0.1 mm per side of the post), so 10 wraps would add 2 mm to the...
10-14-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 734
Posted By pdlamb

Years ago when I started my own tomato plants...

Years ago when I started my own tomato plants from seed, the garden places had a plug-in cord that kept seedlings warm even facing a cold window. About 10W worth of heating, IIRC. I wonder if you...
10-14-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By pdlamb

Well, OK, if you insist. I'm a Real Man,...

Well, OK, if you insist.

I'm a Real Man, with a beer belly to prove it. My mighty beer belly is so awesome that I just set the too-skinny seatpost 1/2" too high, and jump on the saddle. I can...
10-14-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,009
Posted By pdlamb

Like indyfabz, I don't drool. But no matter...

Like indyfabz, I don't drool.

But no matter how hot, cold, or windy, I always sweat while I'm riding a bike. So I guess what makes me sweat is a bike I can ride!
10-14-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By pdlamb

Supposedly you can cut a shim out of an aluminum...

Supposedly you can cut a shim out of an aluminum can (beer or coke). I tried it, and it was shredded by the time I got the saddle height right.

New seatpost was a lot less than the $50 shim you...
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