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08-11-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 118
Posted By pdlamb

290 miles, eat what you want. On brevets I...

290 miles, eat what you want. On brevets I enjoyed stopping for Subway sandwiches, french fries, ice cream, popsicles, chili, fried cherry pies, even chicken noodle soup, anything that looked good...
08-11-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 332
Posted By pdlamb

Rear drive side spokes and front spokes are tuned...

Rear drive side spokes and front spokes are tuned per the chart (assuming you're using rim brakes, I'm not sure what you do with discs). Non-drive rear spokes are as tight as they can be while...
08-11-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 332
Posted By pdlamb

Sorry about the misunderstanding. I didn't look...

Sorry about the misunderstanding. I didn't look at your location, and you didn't explain why you were avoiding a tensiometer.

With those circumstances fully explained, the tension by plucking...
08-11-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 647
Posted By pdlamb

If you're crazy rich, or at least can afford to...

If you're crazy rich, or at least can afford to drop $2,500 on a bike, do it.

If spending that much pinches, as in you'll only eat Ramen noodles for the next two years, you're crazy to even think...
08-11-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 111
Posted By pdlamb

I'm with the Grouch. Get a nice, not necessarily...

I'm with the Grouch. Get a nice, not necessarily extravagant, bike stand and truing stand Just buy any extra tools (like BB tool) as you need them. My crystal ball says come late fall tools will...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 231
Posted By pdlamb

You didn't mention whether you're carrying your...

You didn't mention whether you're carrying your lightweight kit or getting your friends to bring it for you. If you're taking it, how will you carry it?
08-11-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 182
Posted By pdlamb

Good call on getting extra spokes. OP, only...

Good call on getting extra spokes.

OP, only you can make the DIY or shop call. There's a lot of threads here, and resources across the web, on how to replace spokes, tension and true the wheel. ...
08-11-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 332
Posted By pdlamb

I've never understood the antagonism against...

I've never understood the antagonism against tensiometers. It's a tool (Tim from Tooltalk: More Power!), like a torque wrench. After someone has built a certain number of bike wheels, or tightened...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By pdlamb

What are you missing?

I'm trying to make up for my commuting non-miles while working from home. It's going pretty well, but naturally there are a few exceptions. Things I'm missing by not commuting:

1. The "forcing...
08-07-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 72,594
Posted By pdlamb

Seeing "birthday ride" in this context got me...

Seeing "birthday ride" in this context got me thinking -- always a dangerous thing! 65 miles may be a bit long for Rowan; 65 km isn't a lot better.

But the English system (not used any more by...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 441
Posted By pdlamb

Become a snowbird and move to Tucson or...

Become a snowbird and move to Tucson or Albuquerque for the winter?

OK, that might be more expensive than annual chain and cassette replacement.

If you've got a basement with a drain, you could...
08-07-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By pdlamb

Bike mechanic work spaces should be covered in...

Bike mechanic work spaces should be covered in short white carpet to catch things like that. Unfortunately, mine's concrete -- little buggers like that spherical washer can roll a looong way. ...
08-06-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 551
Posted By pdlamb

Do you have a source for that 2 mph figure? I...

Do you have a source for that 2 mph figure? I know I've been bitten riding up to about 12 mph without a perceptible wind. Some of that could have been an imperceptible breeze (maybe 2-3 mph), Some...
08-05-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 551
Posted By pdlamb

I'd try the mosquito repellent, perhaps one of...

I'd try the mosquito repellent, perhaps one of the sunscreen/bug juice combinations if you're riding in the middle of the day. (Stops typing to scratch a bite...)

It could be worse; I was...
08-05-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 274
Posted By pdlamb

You really should have picked the bike up and...

You really should have picked the bike up and carried it across the deep parts.

Everything that moves and was underwater should be cleaned, dried, and re-lubed. (Except you might get by just...
08-05-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 626
Posted By pdlamb

Meh. Now get to the important part. Did you...

Meh. Now get to the important part. Did you have a good ride? What did you see that caught your attention, good or bad?
08-05-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 791
Posted By pdlamb

I'm with Andrew and Litespud on this. You bought...

I'm with Andrew and Litespud on this. You bought it for the parts, take the parts off. The bike's almost certainly been in a wreck.



Can happen? How about the downtube shears the rest of the...
08-05-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By pdlamb

I'm guessing 3 from the armchair on the other...

I'm guessing 3 from the armchair on the other side of the internet.

You probably don't have the lock nut sufficiently snug against the bearing/bearing nut. This is what cone wrenches are for. ...
08-04-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 971
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm... Do you have a book with a clear plastic...

Hmm... Do you have a book with a clear plastic middle, like some masks I've seen, so you can maintain visual contact with those lovely bikinis while still looking like you're reading?
08-03-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 201
Posted By pdlamb

What he said. But in the "Trust, but verify"...

What he said.

But in the "Trust, but verify" mindset, you might give the spokes a quick squeeze all around the wheel when you receive it, and after a few hundred miles. The first will make sure...
08-03-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By pdlamb

Back to the original problem, that hoarseness...

Back to the original problem, that hoarseness hits me when I'm dry. Frequent sips from water, coffee, tea, both rehydrate the larger body and moisten the throat and vocal cords.
08-03-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 461
Posted By pdlamb

From the Internet Expert Chair: Sounds like...

From the Internet Expert Chair:

Sounds like your rear tire may be worn out. Move the front tire to the back and put a new one on the front. (That'll prevent problems like the one I had last...
08-03-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,832
Posted By pdlamb

When you average hundreds of millions of X-mart...

When you average hundreds of millions of X-mart bikes running 2.25" wide tires, tens of millions of hybrids running 2" wide tires, and a few million road bikes averaging 28, maybe 32, mm wide tires,...
08-03-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 422
Posted By pdlamb

A couple things you might try: First,...

A couple things you might try:

First, instead of staring straight ahead, cock your head towards the side as if you're looking 45 degrees from straight ahead to the side. Rock your head from side...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 439
Posted By pdlamb

Railroads, interesting story, WFH... Do tell!

Railroads, interesting story, WFH... Do tell!
07-30-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 647
Posted By pdlamb

What do you get at 500 miles? I normally post my...

What do you get at 500 miles? I normally post my rides "friends only" on Strava, though I opened up enough to get to 100 for the cup Not sure I want to post more than that visible to the whole...
07-30-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 903
Posted By pdlamb

This. And I'm not going to stop and pump my...

This. And I'm not going to stop and pump my tires up in the middle of a ride, so I start with the tires inflated to the worst conditions I expect on the ride.

Assuming I don't have a flat, that...
07-30-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By pdlamb

In similar weather to O.P., I'll sweat a similar...

In similar weather to O.P., I'll sweat a similar amount. However, I try not to lose the weight that quickly. It's not as much a problem on a single short 2 hour ride, but when I ride longer or do...
07-30-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 839
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect the difference is in those traffic...

I suspect the difference is in those traffic stops. Stop twice as much on the shorter ride, you have to work awful hard to get from 0-20 mph 20 times. It's like the difference between a criterion...
07-30-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By pdlamb

I believe Problem Solvers makes (made?) a metal...

I believe Problem Solvers makes (made?) a metal NDS adapter. Effectively doubled the price of the BB, though.
07-29-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 446
Posted By pdlamb

Keds. Or whatever the latest, most fashionable...

Keds. Or whatever the latest, most fashionable sneaker is.

Trouble is, you'll be miserable on anything smaller than a large platform pedal. Which is fine if that's what you want. But if you're...
07-29-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,181
Posted By pdlamb

My favorite technique is the Pactour "1-minute"...

My favorite technique is the Pactour "1-minute" bike wash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK3eCu1fPos

OK, with the chain lube, it takes closer to 5 minutes. Requirements include:
Chain lube...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,135
Posted By pdlamb

Did you ever consider you might be called an old...

Did you ever consider you might be called an old fogey for advocating touring with a GPS? :D
07-29-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 645
Posted By pdlamb

The last few chains I've installed have had...

The last few chains I've installed have had various amounts of lube. Some didn't need to be wiped, some needed to be run through a rag dampened with mineral spirits to remove the excess.
07-29-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,261
Posted By pdlamb

There are some awful pads in bike shorts...

There are some awful pads in bike shorts nowadays.

Prepare to spend money (it'll be worth it). Go to your local bike shop, look at the shorts (or bibs), see how thick the pads are, make sure...
07-29-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 557
Posted By pdlamb

If this is a Big Ride (end of the season, or one...

If this is a Big Ride (end of the season, or one you've been building up to for a month and you'll take 3-4 days off to recover), this rule of thumb is workable.

If, on the other hand, the...
07-29-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,650
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure how long ago it was that you could...

I'm not sure how long ago it was that you could buy a mass-produced bicycle made in the U.S.A. 50 years ago wasn't quite long enough for a good bike, since the ones I got in the 70's either were...
07-29-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By pdlamb

Hie thee to thine local bike shop and pick up a 5...

Hie thee to thine local bike shop and pick up a 5 mm spacer ($5?). Put that below the stem and you'll be ready to ride.
07-28-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 800
Posted By pdlamb

OP, you need to ride more. I wear out the...

OP, you need to ride more.

I wear out the pads, suspension, and/or attach points on my helmets in 6-8 years. Or they start stinking. But the polystyrene foam is shielded by the outer shell, so...
07-28-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 650
Posted By pdlamb

I think I see the cause of the confusion. You...

I think I see the cause of the confusion. You seem to be thinking tension cycling between (for instance) 100 kgf and 80 kgf will fatigue the material. But to cause metal fatigue, you have to cycle...
07-27-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 650
Posted By pdlamb

Uh, no. The overtensioned wheel cracks because...

Uh, no. The overtensioned wheel cracks because the tension exceeds yield strength on the rim. Neither a properly tensioned wheel nor an overtensioned wheel is ever unloaded during rotation.

You...
07-27-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 553
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, no, don't do that! Hop on the bike at the...

Oh, no, don't do that! Hop on the bike at the crack of dawn and you can probably get three hours of riding in before it gets too hot. Your body is thinking about adjusting to that distance -- give...
07-27-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By pdlamb

Is there a spacer or two below the stem you can...

Is there a spacer or two below the stem you can take out? I usually try to get no more than 5 mm of stem height above the steerer -- 1/2" (12 mm) sounds too high.
07-27-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By pdlamb

I can't say I've ever had that problem, with Rudy...

I can't say I've ever had that problem, with Rudy Project cycling glasses, two pairs of prescription sunglasses, or ordinary glasses.

Maybe you need to ride faster so the bees will bounce off? :)
07-27-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 728
Posted By pdlamb

I'm in the "two bottles on both tubes" camp. ...

I'm in the "two bottles on both tubes" camp.

Nobody's mentioned ease in replacing the bottle after drinking. It's easier for me to see the down tube cage if I miss on the initial approach.

But...
07-25-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 838
Posted By pdlamb

+1 to all the above. Fritos are pretty good...

+1 to all the above.

Fritos are pretty good as a snack on hot days, just make sure you've got plenty of water to wash them down. Or a V-8 from a convenience store; I think they're great when I...
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,494
Posted By pdlamb

I named the color of my 2009 Randonee "slime...

I named the color of my 2009 Randonee "slime green," though I grew to tolerate it.

This must be "bright slime green," and I can't see ever tolerating it.
07-25-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By pdlamb

Mostly a side effect of closing all their stores...

Mostly a side effect of closing all their stores for two or three months during peak season.
07-25-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 650
Posted By pdlamb

Those cracks radiating out from the spoke hole...

Those cracks radiating out from the spoke hole look like the result of overtension -- spokes are too tight.

I can't think of a way undertensioning could result in a pattern like that, outside of...
07-25-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 650
Posted By pdlamb

Just to throw another wrench into the machine... ...

Just to throw another wrench into the machine...

The picture in the OP looks more to me like the wheel was OVER tensioned than under tensioned.
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