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Forum: Commuting
07-10-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 15,653
Posted By pdlamb

Make that seven posters! I'm averaging about...

Make that seven posters!

I'm averaging about one commute per month. Telecommuting is a great way to keep the paychecks coming, but there are things I just can't do at home. Today was different. ...
07-10-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By pdlamb

You almost have to try both and see which one...

You almost have to try both and see which one works best for you.

Sunsleeves do OK for me up to mid-80s at home, perhaps 90F or so in low humidity (<25%). I've never had problems with sweat...
07-09-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 481
Posted By pdlamb

Similar to above, but using Rankine (degrees...

Similar to above, but using Rankine (degrees Fahrenheit + 460). T starts at 520R (60F + 460), heats up to 120F (= 580R). Start with P1=100 psi, P2=T2*P1/T1 = 112 psi. If that's enough to...
Forum: Touring
07-09-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,182
Posted By pdlamb

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason this...

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason this thread hasn't been moved to the Covid forum? I don't think there's been any mention of touring for a while.
07-09-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 758
Posted By pdlamb

Wait for cold weather, then ride with goose...

Wait for cold weather, then ride with goose bumps. Works for golf balls, it should work for bicyclists, right?
07-09-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 207
Posted By pdlamb

Read the fine package, what kind of fabrics does...

Read the fine package, what kind of fabrics does it say it's good for? I've only used a dye once, on mostly cotton fabric. There's a big difference between cotton (lots of functional groups for the...
07-09-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 434
Posted By pdlamb

Thinking out loud here. There's going to be some...

Thinking out loud here. There's going to be some change in sit bone geometry between riding in the drops and on a flat bar -- the rider's pelvis is going to rotate backward. It seems plausible the...
07-08-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,462
Posted By pdlamb

Worked with DEC computers back then, but same...

Worked with DEC computers back then, but same sort of thing. But remember the prices? I think each of those binders cost $150-$500. In 1980 dollars. You could buy a couple gamer laptops for that...
07-08-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By pdlamb

Doesn't this belong in the "Uglify your bike"...

Doesn't this belong in the "Uglify your bike" thread?
Replies: 16
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

Not necessarily. Sometimes I can reverse it with...

Not necessarily. Sometimes I can reverse it with salt, either pills or V-8. Getting some solid food into the stomach is also good, particularly when consumed in air conditioning (hard to do with a...
07-08-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,462
Posted By pdlamb

Not new, and not unique to Trek. 14 years ago,...

Not new, and not unique to Trek. 14 years ago, and 8 years before that, the manual that came with my new bikes we 2 pages of "Isn't this a great bike?", 5 pages of "Don't ride the bike, it could be...
07-08-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,266
Posted By pdlamb

Biggest thing wrong with that picture is that the...

Biggest thing wrong with that picture is that the owner is sitting off the path, posting to bikeforums, instead of riding that bike down that trail.
Replies: 16
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

Training and acclimatization help, but only to a...

Training and acclimatization help, but only to a point. In that process, you can figure out how fast you can sweat (I can sweat about 2 quarts/hour, for instance), and how fast you can absorb fluids...
07-07-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,975
Posted By pdlamb

True up to a point. I ran into problems this...

True up to a point. I ran into problems this past weekend, temps only in the low 90s, but bright, sunny, and a 10 mph tailwind. There were just enough hills on that route that I spent 2/3 of that...
Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,182
Posted By pdlamb

For now, most of the quarantines are imposed on...

For now, most of the quarantines are imposed on air travel (or possibly sea travel for Alaska and Hawaii). Have there been any reports lately of state troopers or sheriffs attempting to enforce...
Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,182
Posted By pdlamb

Do try to keep up! :) What we're all...

Do try to keep up! :)

What we're all suffering through is the urgency to get the best available information disseminated widely, even as the virologists, epidemiologists, et al continue to work...
07-06-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By pdlamb

Given the age of these shifters, you may have...

Given the age of these shifters, you may have some rust on various pivots. The big pivot around the shifter central shift is working (you can move the shift lever), but there's another shifter in...
07-06-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 700
Posted By pdlamb

Disinfects and really cleans touch screens. ...

Disinfects and really cleans touch screens. (Although I seem to need the latter more than the former.)
07-02-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 917
Posted By pdlamb

Are you sure your blood sugar was running low,...

Are you sure your blood sugar was running low, and not that you were behind on fluids? Three or four hours (I'm guessing, obviously) is longer than I can ride in the summer with just the fluids I...
07-02-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are...

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are great!) Worked like a charm until I found an LBS that had a selection of seatpost bolts so I could pick the right size.
07-02-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By pdlamb

What will your app offer that Strava heat maps...

What will your app offer that Strava heat maps don't offer already?
07-01-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By pdlamb

Thinking about it, I suspect what did them both...

Thinking about it, I suspect what did them both in was the bending mode. The dropout and chainstay system deformed when the wheel was installed and the quick release tightened in both instances. ...
07-01-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By pdlamb

That's a lot of trouble. As noted, you shouldn't...

That's a lot of trouble. As noted, you shouldn't have any problems with brass nipple, stainless spokes, and aluminum rim. If you're worried, go find a 2-3 mile downhill and ride your brakes as you...
07-01-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By pdlamb

I thought my steel frame could handle being...

I thought my steel frame could handle being spread from 130 to 135, and I didn't need to worry about bending the dropouts so they were vertical. Worked for about 6 years, then the frame broke.
...
07-01-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas...

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas went up to $1/gallon; 2010, when it hit $5/gallon. In those cases, gas prices eased, and almost everybody got back in their cars (and F150 pickup...
07-01-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 788
Posted By pdlamb

I think the discussion should have changed with...

I think the discussion should have changed with the advent of these alternate (butterfly and Jones) bars. Perhaps it's just inertia; there's so much that's been written in the last 50 years, adding...
07-01-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,435
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can...

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can drown in it! :)
06-30-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By pdlamb

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot,...

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot, "because of a coarser structure, graphite can even be harmful to bicycle bearings," and drive off. Kinds of neglects the fact that graphite has...
06-30-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,384
Posted By pdlamb

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me...

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me in my lane.

He gave me three feet or more, so it was a safe pass.

Why was I surprised? Because he was on a Harley, and perhaps because we...
06-30-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 601
Posted By pdlamb

Ride the bike to your local shop (if they're...

Ride the bike to your local shop (if they're still open). Ask the friendly mechanic if he can figure out why your tire keeps going flat. (You may have worn the rubber down to where it's not very...
06-30-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,288
Posted By pdlamb

And then did you wake up?

And then did you wake up?
06-30-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By pdlamb

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do...

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do look an awful lot like the polynitrile (?) O-rings I buy at my Local Hardware Store (LHS) to fix plumbing problems. (Great, now we can debate LHS vs....
06-30-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,435
Posted By pdlamb

I took enough chemistry classes that I can...

I took enough chemistry classes that I can pronounce the names of most ingredients. I guess the world's a safer place for chemistry majors?
06-30-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,288
Posted By pdlamb

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! ...

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! Please make it stop!!!
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 741
Posted By pdlamb

If I were in your shoes, I'd put on one of the...

If I were in your shoes, I'd put on one of the nine-speed cranks you list and ride off into the sunset. Or the 8-speed Acera will work, too. No glamor, just a workhorse crank. That should get your...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By pdlamb

I used "what I'm saving on gas" as an excuse to...

I used "what I'm saving on gas" as an excuse to buy parts, clothing, etc. I figure I'm still saving on maintenance (oil change twice a year instead of four times a year), tires (Yikes! have you...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By pdlamb

With the caveat that every response will be...

With the caveat that every response will be either a variation of "here's what I ride" or "here's what I want," you should look at either a sport touring bike or a gravel bike. You should be able to...
06-25-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 731
Posted By pdlamb

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or...

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or strawberries.

Or a quarter pound of baby carrots. By the time you finish chewing them, it'll be time for supper. :)
06-25-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 884
Posted By pdlamb

All you can really do is check the chain...

All you can really do is check the chain periodically with a ruler.

I normally count on wearing a chain out every 2,000 miles or so. I just checked the other day, and my 2,000 mile old chain is...
06-24-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 600
Posted By pdlamb

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL...

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL linebacker who'll stop for 20 seconds between pumping to rest and recuperate.

But I agree, it's unlikely you'll exceed 120 psi with an ordinary frame...
06-24-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By pdlamb

If you haven't started yet, you might be able to...

If you haven't started yet, you might be able to take a round stone in a drill or Dremel and just lightly touch all the spoke holes to smooth the edges off. Be sure to vacuum all the dust out after...
06-24-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,350
Posted By pdlamb

Depends on the church. Some of them have lots of...

Depends on the church. Some of them have lots of iron (as oxide) in the pipes.

The nice thing about country churches is you've got about a 30% chance of there being a spigot on the outside with...
06-23-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By pdlamb

I've left mine on the car (trailer hitch) rack,...

I've left mine on the car (trailer hitch) rack, when I was too lazy (or loaded) to roll it to the bike rack near the door. If you're worried, a U-lock to the hitch rack will deter most thieves. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By pdlamb

Rim brakes work pretty well for almost all...

Rim brakes work pretty well for almost all commuting situations.

I've found only three exceptions to that general statement. First, after a heavy rain or dew and I should have cut the grass...
06-22-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,917
Posted By pdlamb

List price, I don't disagree with you on...

List price, I don't disagree with you on "overpriced." But it's not much work to get them at a deep discount.

What do you consider better than cycling gloves for cycling, and why?
06-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,677
Posted By pdlamb

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades...

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades in the neighborhoods near my house. I've climbed most of them with ~20 gear inch low gear, usually while cursing the idiots who laid out streets...
06-22-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,754
Posted By pdlamb

Pump (Topeak Road Morph) for me. By the time I...

Pump (Topeak Road Morph) for me. By the time I figure what caused the flat, and get the Michelin wire or glass shard out, I wouldn't save much time overall with CO2.
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,446
Posted By pdlamb

It's a joke, Spock.

It's a joke, Spock.
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,446
Posted By pdlamb

indyfabz, maybe it's time to update one of the...

indyfabz, maybe it's time to update one of the perennial thread starters on bikeforums.

Instead of recommend bike shoes, recommend snowshoes for MTB pedals.

:)
Forum: Commuting
06-17-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 770
Posted By pdlamb

This. When you get to work, pull the Superman...

This. When you get to work, pull the Superman Switch. The mild mannered cyclist steps into the handicap restroom stall, and out comes Super Worker! And the jeans last as long as usual.
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