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Forum: Commuting
03-31-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Well, there's lights that are supposed to be...

Well, there's lights that are supposed to be activated by a loop in the pavement; there are lights that work off TV cameras; there's lights that just run off a timer. Supposedly.

Darn near every...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Not much motivation to get out today. But...

Not much motivation to get out today.

But Friday was glorious. I'd gone in to pick up a corporate laptop from the social isolation IT setup (there's a laptop over there, here's how to log in to...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 613
Posted By pdlamb

I did get the ladder in yesterday so I could...

I did get the ladder in yesterday so I could change some light bulbs in the chandelier, but that was after working hours.

If you're trying to put in an honest day's work for a day's pay, you don't...
Replies: 25
Views: 6,056
Posted By pdlamb

That's a good idea (says the guy who had to have...

That's a good idea (says the guy who had to have a bike mechanic re-stack my fork correctly)!
Forum: Commuting
03-20-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

I noted elsewhere that my daily commute now...

I noted elsewhere that my daily commute now involves riding some 20 miles from my garage to my living room office. Return trip is usually by foot. :) I think I've been more productive without MS...
03-17-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 337
Posted By pdlamb

Cateye has a couple models, I believe, that are...

Cateye has a couple models, I believe, that are wired and have a cadence sensor. Strava and Padrone, IIRC; about $40, and the battery should last a couple years (or more, depending on usage).
Forum: Commuting
03-17-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,698
Posted By pdlamb

Steely Dan, my condolences. I've pulled a couple...

Steely Dan, my condolences. I've pulled a couple of dumber stunts, and been fortunate enough not to suffer for them.
Forum: Commuting
03-17-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By pdlamb

The most popular answer to "what should I ride?"...

The most popular answer to "what should I ride?" is always "what I ride." So that's my answer. :)

My commute is similar to what yours will be (20 mile round trip, unless it's a nice day in which...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Strange ride today; so overcast and rainy, but...

Strange ride today; so overcast and rainy, but warm, that it was like early morning April showers. But traffic was so light it was like going in the week between Christmas and New Years (only...
03-17-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 817
Posted By pdlamb

Ayup. (Though I've got a while to hit 68!) I...

Ayup. (Though I've got a while to hit 68!) I can honestly say that bicycling kept me alive during my heart attack, so riding is not part of my health maintenance plan. Call my cardiologist if you...
03-17-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 773
Posted By pdlamb

I'm sure it can carry the load, but how do you...

I'm sure it can carry the load, but how do you strap a 36-pack of TP from Costco or Sams on the rack? :)
03-17-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,555
Posted By pdlamb

My workplace has decreed "telework for...

My workplace has decreed "telework for everybody." Can I still go out for my 10-mile ride morning and evening to get to [workplace at home] and back to [home]? :)
03-17-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,470
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, I'm just not sure how to travel by foot...

Yeah, I'm just not sure how to travel by foot without walking, running, or hiking. Maybe travel by hopscotch is prohibited?
03-13-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,421
Posted By pdlamb

Coming to a bike store near you on April 15:...

Coming to a bike store near you on April 15: Garmin 1040.
03-13-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 470
Posted By pdlamb

Buy a couple every year. You won't notice the...

Buy a couple every year. You won't notice the cost at that rate, but after 20 years, you'll have 45 jerseys (somebody will get you an extra for Christmas, or you'll do a supported ride that comes...
03-13-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,772
Posted By pdlamb

Look up Pactour or maybe Lon Haldeman's bike wash...

Look up Pactour or maybe Lon Haldeman's bike wash on youtube. No more than 15 minutes, half of which is finding the bucket and the right brush and then putting them away when you're done. (Second...
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By pdlamb

If you're bicycle commuting, go ahead and get a...

If you're bicycle commuting, go ahead and get a spare bike. Go get the bike and a tire's flat? Grab the other bike, pump the tires up, and go. Something breaks and it'll take a week or two to get...
03-13-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,806
Posted By pdlamb

I'm guessing the organizers haven't laid out the...

I'm guessing the organizers haven't laid out the money for police escorts, drink mixes, bottled water, port-a-potties, snacks, etc., or they can return them for refunds, by cancelling three weeks in...
03-13-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 618
Posted By pdlamb

Got three boxes of bike parts 'n' things. ...

Got three boxes of bike parts 'n' things.

But when I did the end-of-winter chain measurements this weekend, I just walked over to box #2...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Got a late start, but it worked out well since...

Got a late start, but it worked out well since the rain had pretty much stopped by the time I got out on the bike.

Had to do a lap of the complex on the bike to find where I parked the car...
03-13-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

Concur. I think Sheldon Brown said something...

Concur. I think Sheldon Brown said something like brazed on front derailers are an invention of the devil, because you can't lower the derailer to make it work with smaller rings. Curvature may be...
03-13-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,772
Posted By pdlamb

Warm rain is fun -- at 85F or so, it's free...

Warm rain is fun -- at 85F or so, it's free sweat, so you don't have to concentrate on drinking so much.

Cold rain can be miserable. But properly clothed, it's tolerable, if not pleasurable. I...
03-13-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 456
Posted By pdlamb

I always have something around my head --...

I always have something around my head -- sweatband, bandana, or cap. Put glasses on, put on band or cap and make sure it goes over the tops of my ears. At least so far that's been enough to keep...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

It's amazing how little it takes to make me happy...

It's amazing how little it takes to make me happy while I'm riding a bike. Last night there was a heavy overcast, but it wasn't raining. I took a longer way home (DST, of course!) along a...
03-10-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 496
Posted By pdlamb

LOL! For twice the price, buy 10 months' worth...

LOL! For twice the price, buy 10 months' worth off the shelf. (Although it's harder to file for flexible reimbursement.)
03-10-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 365
Posted By pdlamb

Smart-aleck answer: get some Chain-L, use it...

Smart-aleck answer: get some Chain-L, use it once, and you'll never notice the smell of Prolink ever again.

One step towards serious answer: take the lube and some paper towels and ride the bike...
03-10-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 990
Posted By pdlamb

Yabbut… What would you do if it were your bike? ...

Yabbut… What would you do if it were your bike? :)

To the OP: I understand cheap. I really do. There's a decent chance it's GERD, but cardiac issues masquerade as GERD. If it does turn out...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Last week I wimped out (twice) because of rain or...

Last week I wimped out (twice) because of rain or forecast heavy rain.

Last night was a beautiful night to be riding. A few clouds, but clear, not too chilly. Today? Rain. Small droplets, but...
03-10-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,358
Posted By pdlamb

Depends on you and your commute. As my wife...

Depends on you and your commute. As my wife says, I break out in a sweat when I look at a bike. Five miles was OK in cool weather, but not warm or hot weather. My current 10 mile commute would...
03-09-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 289
Posted By pdlamb

Some 8 or 10 years ago I bought a couple LX hubs...

Some 8 or 10 years ago I bought a couple LX hubs and built a wheel. About a month later, the hub cracked and a spoke came loose. I rebuilt the wheel with the other hub, which was supposed to be on...
03-09-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,358
Posted By pdlamb

Seconding the comment on bike bottoms. They...

Seconding the comment on bike bottoms. They avoid loose fabric that can catch on something (like a saddle when you're trying to mount it) and cause a crash, and they won't chafe like blue jeans.
03-09-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 847
Posted By pdlamb

Nine years won't wear out a rim. That raised my...

Nine years won't wear out a rim. That raised my BS flag. Rim wear, sure, but age is just a number. I'd check with another shop, mechanic, or a rider whom you trust before I swapped the rim.

Did...
03-09-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 659
Posted By pdlamb

Only thing I might do is touch up any scratches...

Only thing I might do is touch up any scratches or rubs with clear fingernail polish.
03-09-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,032
Posted By pdlamb

Johnny Carson style: get your toilet paper now...

Johnny Carson style: get your toilet paper now before the hoarders buy it all!
Forum: Commuting
03-09-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

A bit stiff this morning, so I tried to...

A bit stiff this morning, so I tried to concentrate on constant light spinning. Did it work? I'm still a bit stiff, so …

Thought I'd have a lot of "dark" this morning, but the sun was officially...
03-09-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 677
Posted By pdlamb

I'm going to stop contributing to spoke breakage...

I'm going to stop contributing to spoke breakage threads. I piped up last week on such a thread, and found a broken spoke Saturday morning. FWIW, I started keep a maintenance log some 35,000 miles...
03-06-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,386
Posted By pdlamb

One might also reasonably conclude that older...

One might also reasonably conclude that older bike racks should be inspected periodically, and worn or aged parts (like nylon straps) replaced as needed.
Forum: Commuting
03-06-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Last night was a great ride. Overcast but the...

Last night was a great ride. Overcast but the rain had stopped. I managed to hit most of the green lights for the first 10 miles, so my average was over 15 mph until I hit downtown. Whee!

This...
03-06-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By pdlamb

In increasing order of effectiveness: Brake...

In increasing order of effectiveness:

Brake a lot and wear the rim out. Replace the rim.

If you build your own wheels, turn the rim around in the wheel. Or reverse the skewer (front wheel...
03-06-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,616
Posted By pdlamb

Or you might have to carry the bike in your lap...

Or you might have to carry the bike in your lap or put it under the seat in front of you.
Forum: Touring
03-05-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,091
Posted By pdlamb

What can you expect from a UK fan? Wrong...

What can you expect from a UK fan?

Wrong color, BTW.
03-05-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 16,309
Posted By pdlamb

Someone once noted that "hot" is 10 degrees...

Someone once noted that "hot" is 10 degrees warmer than you're used to. "A lot of climbing" is then 1,000 feet (or maybe 2,000 feet) more climbing in a day than you're used to.
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By pdlamb

Same here, although I got the covers as part of...

Same here, although I got the covers as part of the S&S package with couplers and case.

Spokes, stems, and other loose things always manage to find the edges at the fork crown and dropouts, though...
Replies: 35
Views: 1,213
Posted By pdlamb

Is it worse than the expansion crevasses in...

Is it worse than the expansion crevasses in eastern Colorado? ;)
Forum: Commuting
03-04-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,043
Posted By pdlamb

Our local bike club had a special on their annual...

Our local bike club had a special on their annual century a few years back, so I picked up Cycliq front and rear cameras. I'll run them, mostly during my commute, if (a) they're charged and (b) I...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 8,709
Posted By pdlamb

Pretty nice ride in, since it wasn't raining,...

Pretty nice ride in, since it wasn't raining, although the overcast was pretty heavy. Radar looks like rain's staying just a wee bit south of us.

Has anybody ever done anything this stupid? I...
03-03-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 913
Posted By pdlamb

As Andrew said, try adjusting the tilt and...

As Andrew said, try adjusting the tilt and fore-aft position of your current saddle.

If that doesn't work, and if you have a B-17 shaped bottom, a B-17 will be wonderful to ride on. Best saddle...
03-03-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By pdlamb

Ride the bike down to your local hardware store,...

Ride the bike down to your local hardware store, and ask if you can try an M5 bolt. It'll probably fit.
03-03-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By pdlamb

Agree that 7 years isn't bad for the typical...

Agree that 7 years isn't bad for the typical machine-built wheel. What to do now?

Jobst Brandt told the story of replacing a broken spoke, re-tensioning it, and then, enraged, squeezing the...
03-03-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 496
Posted By pdlamb

I was oh so very happy to come off an...

I was oh so very happy to come off an antiplatelet. A week or two later, I bumped something as I walked by and thought, "That's NOT going to bruise!" Baby aspirin may increase bleeding a little...
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