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Forum: Commuting
01-21-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 547
Posted By pdlamb

Steady as she goes: hold your line. I figure...

Steady as she goes: hold your line.

I figure people who honk are either letting me know, "Hey, I recognize you!" or "I'm an idiot!" There are far more of the latter than the former.
Forum: Commuting
01-21-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 151
Posted By pdlamb

I expect a bike lane will have something to...

I expect a bike lane will have something to delineate it from the rest of the street or sidewalk. Sharrows or BMUFL signs are for streets without a bike lane (that someone thinks need to be marked)....
Forum: Commuting
01-21-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,191
Posted By pdlamb

davei1980: "Narrow" 43s!?? Went out for a...

davei1980: "Narrow" 43s!??

Went out for a ride yesterday, about 43 snowflakes floated down so nothing serious. It was about the same temp today (22-ish), but a long base layer and short ride...
01-21-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,140
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, I'd been bothered by grinding sound coming...

FWIW, I'd been bothered by grinding sound coming from one chain, so I took it off and waxed it this weekend. I'd forgotten how stiff the chain is -- makes installation easier in some respects...
01-21-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 292
Posted By pdlamb

The 1030 comes with maps. If you go outside your...

The 1030 comes with maps. If you go outside your home country/area (USA?), you can probably get the OSM maps.

I ran my 800 for 4-5 years with nothing except OSM maps. See...
01-21-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 124
Posted By pdlamb

You could probably handle this with the cell...

You could probably handle this with the cell phone app (at least on the higher level models), by calling the bike with the trailer a different bike than when riding without. You'll probably need to...
01-21-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 292
Posted By pdlamb

You can certainly set up custom displays on the...

You can certainly set up custom displays on the 1030 with only 3-5 fields. The font size is then HUGE!
01-21-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By pdlamb

In the last few years, Heine has been pushing his...

In the last few years, Heine has been pushing his own tires, which may be a bit faster, but they're among the most expensive tires I know of (for the sizes he sells). The trade-off for the most...
Forum: Commuting
01-17-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,191
Posted By pdlamb

Back in the saddle again -- after rainy commutes...

Back in the saddle again -- after rainy commutes in the car the last week, what a relief! A few items of note:

First, they dug up the MUP and replaced the drainage tile since I last tried it. ...
01-16-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,592
Posted By pdlamb

Act like you know what you're doing (you do know,...

Act like you know what you're doing (you do know, you asked and we told you!), and roll the bike through the lobby as you check in and take it to your room. It's worked in every major motel chain...
01-16-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By pdlamb

I'm a satisfied Cycliq customer, and I'd buy one...

I'm a satisfied Cycliq customer, and I'd buy one again.

Now this is a product of a small company, headquartered in Australia (IIRC). So there's a few common-sense steps a potential consumer might...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By pdlamb

Ortliebs are pricey but reliably waterproof. ...

Ortliebs are pricey but reliably waterproof.

I like mine bright, but they also make dark colors (blue and black) if you want to blend in when you get to school.
Forum: Commuting
01-16-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By pdlamb

Have to agree with rumrunn6 re: boring videos. ...

Have to agree with rumrunn6 re: boring videos. After I got my cameras set up and checked out, I've only looked at the video once. That was to find out what happened behind me, turned out a pickup...
01-14-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 494
Posted By pdlamb

:) I took my Novara Randonnee out on the C&O...

:) I took my Novara Randonnee out on the C&O Canal trail a few years back for a day trip. After riding for a while, I thought I'd just pop over the river to Harper's Ferry. I made it up the steps,...
01-14-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 924
Posted By pdlamb

I use a bike-mounted light for all night riding,...

I use a bike-mounted light for all night riding, and supplement it with a helmet light when I get to downtown or heavily trafficked areas. The helmet light is usually flashing, and I point it at...
01-14-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 640
Posted By pdlamb

It's not clear how long it's been since OP...

It's not clear how long it's been since OP "returned to biking." If it's been less than 6 months or so, the best recommendation is probably to get used to riding for a couple hours at a time. Bar...
01-13-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By pdlamb

April is absolutely prime time for severe...

April is absolutely prime time for severe weather, but that usually only takes half a day to blow through. My advice, therefore, is to go ride and leave yourself an extra day or two to hole up in...
01-13-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 466
Posted By pdlamb

The joke may be on you. When you wrote, ...

The joke may be on you. When you wrote,



This pretty much defines the stock status of most touring bikes, at most bike shops, most of the year.

The good news is that those shops that will...
01-13-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,245
Posted By pdlamb

Commuting, I'll cuss about winds over 15 mph but...

Commuting, I'll cuss about winds over 15 mph but I'll ride unless the gusts are over 45 mph. Although I will change my route to avoid all those lovely, big, old trees which might decide to do some...
01-10-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,155
Posted By pdlamb

Luck of the draw, I guess. Two years later and...

Luck of the draw, I guess. Two years later and mine are still working fine.
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By pdlamb

Whisk broom plus 5 minutes sweeping when packing...

Whisk broom plus 5 minutes sweeping when packing up the campsite.

Even the cheapest rechargeable hand-held vacuums will suck up a nylon tent floor and clog up.
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,304
Posted By pdlamb

On the other hand... We met a couple in...

On the other hand...

We met a couple in eastern Colorado, heading eastbound, who told us a horror story about the headwinds from Lander to Rawlins, WY. They had to take a day off in Rawlins to...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,718
Posted By pdlamb

The exceptions are larger groups, like a church...

The exceptions are larger groups, like a church social (small town in Colorado), or a big family reunion on Memorial Day weekend (Council? VA). The social welcomed four of us, and the reunion...
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,577
Posted By pdlamb

I bought one before my 2009 tour. It's still...

I bought one before my 2009 tour. It's still there, in its plastic bag along with the instructions in case I ever need it.

Compared with the difficulties of doing an emergency road fix on rear DS...
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,304
Posted By pdlamb

When I rode the TransAm, we went from Glacier up...

When I rode the TransAm, we went from Glacier up to the Northern Tier (Seely Lake to Bigfork to West Glacier), then took the NT into Anacortes. It may have added a day or two compared to the TransAm...
01-08-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 134
Posted By pdlamb

The screen protector on my phone has saved it a...

The screen protector on my phone has saved it a couple times, but I don't try to use the phone with gloves on (as I do my GPS in the winter). How does the screen protector on a GPS work with gloves?
Forum: Commuting
01-08-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,338
Posted By pdlamb

Four years ago (my last bad cold), I was so...

Four years ago (my last bad cold), I was so anxious to get back on the bike that I started riding to work (in the cold and the dark) as soon as I could. That cold recurred three times.

This year,...
01-03-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,050
Posted By pdlamb

I might have said 8-9 months a year. Saying it's...

I might have said 8-9 months a year. Saying it's cooler than Phoenix mid-May through mid-September isn't saying much. :)



Of course, you could always move to Tucson! :D
Forum: Touring
01-03-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 687
Posted By pdlamb

I think it's also the weight shift that would be...

I think it's also the weight shift that would be required to meet that ratio. Most road bikes start off with a 33/67 to 40/60 front/rear weight split. Say the rider plus bike weight is 200 lbs. and...
01-03-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By pdlamb

You're watching for the right things -- lousy...

You're watching for the right things -- lousy shifting and skipping on one cog. If you change chains at 1/16" stretch, it's not unusual for a cassette to last 3-5 chains.
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By pdlamb

I think the 520 and LHT trail quoted would indeed...

I think the 520 and LHT trail quoted would indeed qualify as "high trail." "Low trail" would likely be 50 mm or lower. It's like politics today, there is no middle ground. :/
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 687
Posted By pdlamb

Rhyno Lite are more rhino than lite. It probably...

Rhyno Lite are more rhino than lite. It probably would take running into a large rock at high speed to taco a well-built wheel with one, regardless of the load.

OTOH, while a 60/40 front/rear...
01-02-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,069
Posted By pdlamb

I'd do the yoga/stretching for a week or two...

I'd do the yoga/stretching for a week or two before I started weight lifting. Get the muscles to loosen up a bit before I started tightening them back up with the lifting.

Visiting my daughter...
01-02-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,209
Posted By pdlamb

Strava generously added up all the time I spent...

Strava generously added up all the time I spent riding last year. I tend to ignore it. On a nice day, when I'm not hungry and don't need a bathroom, I get a mileage check at the end of the ride,...
01-02-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 997
Posted By pdlamb

Good stuff, almost as fussy as wax for me (but...

Good stuff, almost as fussy as wax for me (but lasts much longer). Take the chain off the bike to clean it, dry it, put it back on, lube, and wipe daily for a week to catch the seepage. Then it's...
01-02-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,050
Posted By pdlamb

Sorry if I sound suspicious, but 7 mph sounds...

Sorry if I sound suspicious, but 7 mph sounds like a very slow pace. I might hit (or even fall below it) that if I included the work day between my two commutes -- but that's not really riding time....
01-02-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,007
Posted By pdlamb

Sorry, I got hung up ad "nice wide shoulder." ...

Sorry, I got hung up ad "nice wide shoulder." All the nice wide shoulder roads I've seen are on four lane divided highways in most/all of Mississippi/Alabama/Georgia, with lots of traffic, and lots...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By pdlamb

If you'll pardon the question, why won't the...

If you'll pardon the question, why won't the Marathon Plus handle gravel? I'd have thought it would punch all the tickets except perhaps the reasonable rolling resistance.

I would have suggested...
Forum: Commuting
12-27-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,115
Posted By pdlamb

Overall, pretty good. I missed my monthly...

Overall, pretty good. I missed my monthly mileage goals in November and December for various reasons, but I usually expect that. Made my annual goal with a thousand miles to spare. Completed my...
12-27-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By pdlamb

I carry one, I've used it multiple times. ...

I carry one, I've used it multiple times. Although I agree with OP, flat tires are more common. I carry tire levers for those, as well as a spare tube AND a patch kit! -- and I've used all three.
12-27-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,939
Posted By pdlamb

I put a couple stickers from Adventure Cycling on...

I put a couple stickers from Adventure Cycling on two of my bikes. They had really pithy sayings that I appreciated. "Had" being the operative word, as the few times a year I give the bike a ride...
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,143
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect we'll get a definitive single answer to...

I suspect we'll get a definitive single answer to "What causes shimmy?" right around the time we get a definitive single answer to "What causes cramping?" There are so many things that can...
Replies: 32
Views: 1,455
Posted By pdlamb

Good point. I was going to say any bike that...

Good point. I was going to say any bike that made me feel like I was half my age would be a dream bike, but a good stoker on the bike might make that dream even better!
Forum: Commuting
12-20-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 66,024
Posted By pdlamb

Third frosty day in a row, it must be winter. ...

Third frosty day in a row, it must be winter. (At least I don't have to scrape a windshield when I ride my bike in!) Some high clouds, so it may rain this weekend.

MUP was still closed, and I...
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 793
Posted By pdlamb

Where do you ride, and what are the temperatures...

Where do you ride, and what are the temperatures there? I've got a whole mental chart that covers 10-60F. As you correctly guessed, what works in San Diego won't cut it for Alberta. Heck, even I...
12-19-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By pdlamb

As far as the rims and spokes, if it's built...

As far as the rims and spokes, if it's built right, they'll last forever.

The bigger problem is likely to be the grease in the hubs will dry out if you leave them sitting for a very long time. ...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By pdlamb

My worst tinnitus hits after a ride with strong...

My worst tinnitus hits after a ride with strong winds. I don't remember road noise causing any problems. If you're riding past a cotton field shortly after harvest, grab a few loose bolls and pick...
Replies: 36
Views: 1,349
Posted By pdlamb

Chocolate milk I can see, I had some on a too-hot...

Chocolate milk I can see, I had some on a too-hot day and it didn't settle well.

Reese's cups, obviously I need to eat more of them. I can hardly imagine a Reese's failing to appeal. Maybe I...
Forum: Commuting
12-18-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 66,024
Posted By pdlamb

Same here! I guess. I decided after a day of...

Same here! I guess. I decided after a day of joggers they'd probably have the MUP cleared. Nope, there were two barrels and a sawhorse barricade with a "road closed" sign. Funny, six feet wide...
12-18-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By pdlamb

Congratulations on your google-fu. But I'm not...

Congratulations on your google-fu. But I'm not sure that addresses OP's problem.

You or I could put on some new levers, and probably pull cables and housings out of "garage stock" to finish the...
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