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Forum: Commuting
03-31-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
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...
03-17-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,619
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: 1,580
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.
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
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, 09:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,813
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...
03-10-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 371
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, 07:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,451
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, 12:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,451
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.
03-06-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,432
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.
03-03-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 932
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: 403
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: 415
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...
02-13-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By pdlamb

My handlebar already resembles Captain Dashboard....

My handlebar already resembles Captain Dashboard. I can't imagine why I'd want to add something else to it.

Slightly more seriously, I do try (a) to minimize staring at electronics while riding...
02-13-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By pdlamb

I toured on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a guy...

I toured on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a guy from Florida. His training was riding the bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway -- up and over, loop around up and back across, repeated until he had...
02-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By pdlamb

Make sure when you design your screens on your...

Make sure when you design your screens on your new GPS you don't overload them Five fields is pretty readable, on the acre and a half screen you just bought. 8 or 10 fields will leave you...
02-07-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,944
Posted By pdlamb

If you really want or need to know, get your own...

If you really want or need to know, get your own luggage scale and take it with you when you wander down to the LBS for a test ride.
02-07-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,206
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, insulated Polar and Camelback bottles...

FWIW, insulated Polar and Camelback bottles filled with ice and then water (or "drink") will keep the water cool for about two hours in 80s or higher. Beyond that time, and honcho indicates, the...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,663
Posted By pdlamb

Only about 3/4 mile of my ride is on a separated...

Only about 3/4 mile of my ride is on a separated bike path, and another 3/4 mile has a marked bike lane. The rest of my route is on suburban streets, or roads with light enough traffic and...
02-04-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,829
Posted By pdlamb

I might give the experts some credit; perhaps...

I might give the experts some credit; perhaps riding the PMC is unrealistic. This year.

Next year? a lot can happen in 18 months. Trying to do more seems to be what differentiates people who...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
Posted By pdlamb

Wow, a lot happened since this time yesterday. ...

Wow, a lot happened since this time yesterday.

HardyWeinberg, welcome back!

Phil_gretz, ain't those pedal mishaps fun? I lost a pedal body (Speedplay Frog in my case) 25 miles from home a...
02-03-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,208
Posted By pdlamb

There's one road coming off a ridge I've heard...

There's one road coming off a ridge I've heard some cops talking about ticketing cyclists. I've been down it several times, but never got a ticket.

Not for a lack of trying!
01-31-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,409
Posted By pdlamb

Leave it out for the moose to come lick it? ...

Leave it out for the moose to come lick it?

OK, actually, I wait for a warm day and hit the bike with a bucket of water, dish detergent, and a brush.

But we don't have to salt here very much,...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,177
Posted By pdlamb

The answer to this thread's question is obvious...

The answer to this thread's question is obvious right now: ride in the depths of winter and you're very unlikely to get sweat in your eyes.
01-31-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 659
Posted By pdlamb

Good call. I have a hard time...

Good call.



I have a hard time threading new cables through brifters into old housings, so I normally do both when the cable needs to be replaced. By then bar tape is ripe for retirement as...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 919
Posted By pdlamb

I subscribed to Buycycling for three or four...

I subscribed to Buycycling for three or four years. Reviews, I learned to ignore them after a few months. But the problem with Bicycling seems to be the same as for most hobby/skill magazines:...
01-28-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,631
Posted By pdlamb

We've had the "do you carry a bike lock?"...

We've had the "do you carry a bike lock?" threads. Is it time for a new thread, "Do you take a bear trap with you while touring?"
Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
Posted By pdlamb

Or their solution for a squeak or rattle: turn...

Or their solution for a squeak or rattle: turn the radio up!
Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
Posted By pdlamb

I was grumpy this morning. Who schedules...

I was grumpy this morning. Who schedules meetings so early that I have to start riding while it's still dark to get there on time? My boss. Started with lid light and rear blinky going. The...
01-22-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 764
Posted By pdlamb

Relaxed, positive mental attitude. Good...

Relaxed, positive mental attitude.

Good music.

Beverage(s) of your choice.
Forum: Commuting
01-22-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
Posted By pdlamb

Clear and cold, again, without the north wind to...

Clear and cold, again, without the north wind to blow me to work I had to pedal and worked up a sweat. In 24F weather. Is that crazy, or what?
Forum: Commuting
01-21-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,287
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, 12:31 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 8,995
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...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
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: 18
Views: 741
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, 10:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,992
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: 799
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: 9
Views: 729
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...
01-10-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,670
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: Commuting
01-08-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 12,030
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,...
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,360
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: 43
Views: 3,760
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: 69,596
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...
12-19-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
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. ...
12-06-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,314
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...
12-05-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
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...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,411
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...
Forum: Commuting
11-20-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1,854
Views: 69,596
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: 1,411
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: 22
Views: 1,669
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...
11-18-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,785
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?
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