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09-20-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By pdlamb

Beware of creeping featuritis. Cateye Strada...

Beware of creeping featuritis. Cateye Strada with cadence is a great way to go.

If you decide you want to log climbing, look into some of the GPS with barometric altimeter and a cadence sensor. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Mixed bag today. First two intrusions? on the...

Mixed bag today. First two intrusions? on the newest bike lane. A kid with a dumbness-inducing phone (how can you use smart to describe something that makes people act stupid?) started to cross the...
09-19-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 823
Posted By pdlamb

Yay! I like this study! (Is this an...

Yay! I like this study!

(Is this an instance of confirmation bias?)
09-19-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 97
Posted By pdlamb

It's got to be your phone. Strava goes to the...

It's got to be your phone. Strava goes to the phone's operating system to get its location. On my phone, the location settles pretty quickly when (a) its got a clear sky view when I turn on the...
09-19-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By pdlamb

Grade 10 and ceramic bearings make your loaded...

Grade 10 and ceramic bearings make your loaded bike lighter. They take the extra weight out of your wallet. No other benefit.
09-19-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 330
Posted By pdlamb

After riding the three bikes you've mentioned,...

After riding the three bikes you've mentioned, which one(s) make you think, I'd like to ride more on that one?
Forum: Commuting
09-19-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Today's ride was lovely. The temperature's still...

Today's ride was lovely. The temperature's still hovering around 71-73F, but the dewpoint dropped 5 degrees (so the relative humidity dropped 20%), and there's a SE wind -- first one I can remember...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By pdlamb

Which one is more fun to ride? If you don't...

Which one is more fun to ride? If you don't enjoy it, it'll end up gathering dust.
Forum: Commuting
09-17-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Nice ride this morning. Got an early start and...

Nice ride this morning. Got an early start and made it to work before the temperature hit 70F, so it was cool, and clear, and calm. I was listening to the crows so intently I missed my turn and was...
09-17-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,906
Posted By pdlamb

I've had a few; normally I'll call for a ride for...

I've had a few; normally I'll call for a ride for anything more than a couple miles or so. I had two tires blow out within a month last summer (2018) and ended up walking 4 and 6 miles to work --...
09-17-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,384
Posted By pdlamb

Could you elaborate? I can't think of a good...

Could you elaborate? I can't think of a good reason to have a beam like a laser pointer; I'd rather have the light distributed pretty evenly over 30-60 degrees.
09-17-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 938
Posted By pdlamb

I'll usually stop around 9:30-10:00 to put on...

I'll usually stop around 9:30-10:00 to put on some Bullfrog gel, SPF 30 or maybe higher. I may reapply if I'm sweating really heavily, but I'll usually just put it on once a day. Rarely do I need...
09-16-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 10,581
Posted By pdlamb

My latest charge to get an FD adjusted was $20. ...

My latest charge to get an FD adjusted was $20. Adding up all the time I spent pfutzing with it before I took the bike in, I was trying to save about half the minimum wage in my time (and I get paid...
09-13-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,630
Posted By pdlamb

I'm glad you did that on a bike. I'd hate to see...

I'm glad you did that on a bike. I'd hate to see you driving a duallie pickup truck like that!
09-13-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 632
Posted By pdlamb

That's my guess right there. More saddle time is...

That's my guess right there. More saddle time is key to getting used to being in the saddle!
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 692
Posted By pdlamb

SLC is blessed with an abundance of local bike...

SLC is blessed with an abundance of local bike shops (LBS). Go there to buy your bike.

Since you're a beginner, you'll benefit from help picking out a good bike (some bikes really aren't well...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 629
Posted By pdlamb

66F is on the cool end of enjoyable showers,...

66F is on the cool end of enjoyable showers, IMHO. But compared to sweating through a 90/90 afternoon, it'd be downright pleasant!

Rain in the 80s is free sweat.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,215
Posted By pdlamb

Some of us live close enough to a line between...

Some of us live close enough to a line between zones that we already have that problem. But it'd really be tough if every town was on their own sun time; 9:00 here would be 8:58 a few miles east,...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Good morning for a bike ride, if a little humid. ...

Good morning for a bike ride, if a little humid. There's another commuter I ride with every few months; I was running a little late, and he was running way late (for him), so we ended up riding in...
09-12-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,171
Posted By pdlamb

Kind of like asking why the nerds in high school...

Kind of like asking why the nerds in high school weren't cool. Dynamos aren't cool.

Useful, absolutely. But who want useful when you could have cool?

(Me, for one!)
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By pdlamb

Mental health hour or two every day.

Mental health hour or two every day.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

We only had a thunderstorm yesterday (kept me...

We only had a thunderstorm yesterday (kept me inside instead of hitting the bike after I got home early in the afternoon) instead of a tornado. Bad luck for Sioux City, good on them for keeping up...
09-05-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By pdlamb

I can't quite see the spoke hole for the problem...

I can't quite see the spoke hole for the problem spoke on the picture. In general, though, just worry about getting the spoke through the hole, then weave it through the other spokes after it's...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By pdlamb

+1 to YMMV. I rode Cycle Greater Yellowstone's...

+1 to YMMV. I rode Cycle Greater Yellowstone's supported tour last year, and I was floored at comments. The ride description in the handbook as well as the web would tell anyone who read either,...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Pretty good ride this morning. Our gym and...

Pretty good ride this morning. Our gym and showers are closed for now ("contract clause issue"*) so I'm back to the ride-slow-try-not-to-sweat morning ride with baby wipes for now. It's not...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By pdlamb

Definitive answer: yes, no, maybe, or maybe not. ...

Definitive answer: yes, no, maybe, or maybe not.

If the bike shop you bought it from checked tension and true, and did a good job, you don't need to do it again. If they didn't do a good job, you...
09-04-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By pdlamb

You might take a chamfer or some (rough)...

You might take a chamfer or some (rough) sandpaper and smooth the valve hole down on the rim.

If it's on the outside of the wheel (contacting the tire), look for a small cut in the tire. ...
09-04-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,761
Posted By pdlamb

You even need to get a custom horn to make it...

You even need to get a custom horn to make it quack...
09-04-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By pdlamb

Those Gatorskin meshes drive me up the wall if I...

Those Gatorskin meshes drive me up the wall if I leave them on. If nothing else, they introduce a periodic "whap - whap - whap" against the brakes and/or fenders. Fingernail clippers let me get...
Forum: Commuting
09-04-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Great ride in, until my tire blew 2 miles from...

Great ride in, until my tire blew 2 miles from work. WTH? It was less than 300 miles old.



Think of it as the beginning of July in Wisconsin all over again. That means you've got two more...
09-03-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By pdlamb

Or just bend the broken spoke (pieces) around...

Or just bend the broken spoke (pieces) around adjacent spokes so they're secure and the end is on the inside of the wheel.
09-03-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 886
Posted By pdlamb

It's not pretty, but zip ties work well.

It's not pretty, but zip ties work well.
Replies: 23
Views: 1,537
Posted By pdlamb

Couple things. First, if it's on the sit bones,...

Couple things. First, if it's on the sit bones, lots of saddle time is the only thing I've found to help. Lots of saddle time = butt calluses = no more saddle sores. At least until you've soaked...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Back to commuting after a few weeks off. Lovely...

Back to commuting after a few weeks off. Lovely cool ride today, light traffic, and I beat the school rush. Just another day in bike commuter paradise!

rhm, I don't see any blood on the critter....
Forum: Commuting
09-03-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,439
Posted By pdlamb

Long pants can get caught under the chain on the...

Long pants can get caught under the chain on the cogs in the front (unless you've got an old-fashioned chain guard and only one ring on the front). When you suddenly can't pedal, it can cause you to...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,068
Posted By pdlamb

Crossed the U.S. ten years ago on a bike equipped...

Crossed the U.S. ten years ago on a bike equipped with brifters, taking about three months. About 6-7 years ago I had to do the spray flush and re-lube routine, but that bike is still in regular...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,267
Posted By pdlamb

I concur with the "she'll be fine" responses. ...

I concur with the "she'll be fine" responses.

However, this entire thread is more about OP's emotional state than actual safety of the tourist/daughter, isn't it?

With that in mind, here's one...
Replies: 23
Views: 1,537
Posted By pdlamb

Where do you get the saddle sores? Is it right...

Where do you get the saddle sores? Is it right over your ischial tuberosities (sit bones), along the edges of the chamois, or somewhere else?
08-26-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 820
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto to all the above (except mine's not a...

Ditto to all the above (except mine's not a Colnago).
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By pdlamb

$100-200 is pretty much a default price for used...

$100-200 is pretty much a default price for used bikes. Some people will try to strip the frame and sell the parts, but they're not likely to offer more than a couple hundred (so they can make money...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,242
Posted By pdlamb

I need a stiffer sole than any Teva I've ever...

I need a stiffer sole than any Teva I've ever tried, so Keen cycling sandals for my feet.
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,165
Posted By pdlamb

In hot weather, and I think my climate is similar...

In hot weather, and I think my climate is similar to Plano, a cycling cap adds 5-10 degrees to the apparent temperature. Since I can out-sweat evaporation from the cap, I end up with sweat dripping...
08-09-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By pdlamb

If it were me, I'd be looking at replacing the...

If it were me, I'd be looking at replacing the Ultegra front derailer with a Tiagra, and put a MTB or Sugino 46-36-26 or -24 crank on. Lower gearing, simpler, cheaper...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,732
Posted By pdlamb

Wipe the chain off (I use paper towels), and...

Wipe the chain off (I use paper towels), and re-lube if necessary. Bounce the bike on its wheels to knock the worst of the water off, put it someplace it can dry.

After a few rains, I'll wash the...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

Sticky. I tried to take it easy, but the...

Sticky. I tried to take it easy, but the humidity is way up there, dewpoint 76F. Ah, summer in the south!

If you've ever seen a crystallization experiment in a chemistry class, that's what it...
08-08-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,168
Posted By pdlamb

I've left a bike unlocked on a rack overnight at...

I've left a bike unlocked on a rack overnight at a motel. In that case, I parked backing the bike-on-rack into the holly bush at the edge of the motel lot, figuring a thief would get painfully...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,165
Posted By pdlamb

Ride in the winter. OK, if you must ride...

Ride in the winter.

OK, if you must ride when there's sunlight in the summer, a couple of things. First, roll up a couple of bandanas to make headbands. When one is ready to start dripping...
08-07-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,920
Posted By pdlamb

If your Moulton isn't red, get a new red bike. ...

If your Moulton isn't red, get a new red bike. Everyone knows red bikes are faster.

If that's not the case, as others noted, it's probably the engine. :(
08-07-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,529
Posted By pdlamb

I know I'm going to regret asking, but... fire? ...

I know I'm going to regret asking, but... fire? You riding through campfires, or going so fast they just burn up?
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 1,499
Views: 44,598
Posted By pdlamb

I averaged over 15 mph for the commute home last...

I averaged over 15 mph for the commute home last night. First time this year, and it only took 20 miles averaging 18 mph to keep the average up over the last 6 miles of traffic lights. :)

Felt...
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