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11-24-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,242
Posted By pdlamb

It's just possible that a more expensive bike...

It's just possible that a more expensive bike will be more fun, and get ridden much more, and therefore burn many more calories.

However! I'm going to plug buying from your local bike shop (LBS)....
11-23-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 385
Posted By pdlamb

Low-tech solution: put a cheap wired...

Low-tech solution: put a cheap wired cyclecomputer on each bike.
11-20-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,036
Posted By pdlamb

Try an experiment. Sitting on the edge of your...

Try an experiment. Sitting on the edge of your seat, lift a leg, pull it up toward your torso and then extend it as though you were pedaling. Watch your foot as you do this. If your foot stays...
11-19-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,036
Posted By pdlamb

1. Clipless pedals and shoes. They make a huge...

1. Clipless pedals and shoes. They make a huge difference in riding, IMHO. Suck it up and get a good pair of shoes and a good set of pedals.

2. Speed and cadence sensor -- something like the...
11-18-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 216
Posted By pdlamb

At the risk of sounding like Cassandra, are you...

At the risk of sounding like Cassandra, are you sure you've got cause and effect straight? Could you have something causing anemia which is draining the folate from your system?
11-18-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,673
Posted By pdlamb

You'd think I would have noticed the square taper...

You'd think I would have noticed the square taper wear and play in more than 60,000 miles, but I haven't.
11-16-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 987
Posted By pdlamb

This reminds me of the old quote about experience...

This reminds me of the old quote about experience (maybe from Peanuts?). Adapted for this situation, it would go something like:

You need experience using a power washer to wash your bike safely...
11-13-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,410
Posted By pdlamb

Where's he going to get the flat tire on his...

Where's he going to get the flat tire on his expensive bike fixed? Walmart??
Forum: Touring
11-13-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,122
Posted By pdlamb

But but but... Aren't three anecdotes...

But but but...

Aren't three anecdotes equivalent to five data points??

:)
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,678
Posted By pdlamb

It's OK, they'll get recycled.

It's OK, they'll get recycled.
Forum: Touring
11-09-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,634
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect the 34 would be a little bit small for...

I suspect the 34 would be a little bit small for my comfort, but only a little bit, for loaded touring. I've got big rings on the order of 44-48, but those see a lot more use unloaded (joyriding).
...
11-06-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,835
Posted By pdlamb

Perhaps I should note that it rains, on average,...

Perhaps I should note that it rains, on average, one out of every three days where I (used to) commute daily, with an average annual rainfall of about 50". With that as a background, wax came off...
11-06-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 690
Posted By pdlamb

I think the optimum is to ride as fast as you can...

I think the optimum is to ride as fast as you can without sweating. (Much.)
Forum: Commuting
11-06-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,744
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. I think of 45F as spring or fall...

Hmm. I think of 45F as spring or fall temperatures rather than winter.

Also, what's the rain rate (inches per hour) you've ridden through?
11-06-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,125
Posted By pdlamb

Like the ball bearing example, you don't want to...

Like the ball bearing example, you don't want to mix sizes up. Sounds like misplacing half of the link started you down this rat hole.

FWIW, I've been using master links for a while and never...
11-05-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 558
Posted By pdlamb

Wow. I remember stopping with wet steel rims. ...

Wow. I remember stopping with wet steel rims. Or rather, trying to stop with wet steel rims.

Although I agree with the recommendation to replace the wheel, I have to wonder: would the rust make...
11-04-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,696
Posted By pdlamb

This will raise the price a bit, but after you...

This will raise the price a bit, but after you buy an inexpensive new wheel, have a good wheel mechanic make sure they're tensioned and stress-relieved correctly.

I'm not sure how you could get...
Replies: 17
Views: 591
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, I've got fenders. Fun story: 30 miles from...

Yes, I've got fenders. Fun story: 30 miles from the end of a rainy century, a guy at a rest stop offered me $100 for my fenders. I should have taken him up on it -- they only cost $35 and it didn't...
10-29-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By pdlamb

Look carefully at the hub before you do anything...

Look carefully at the hub before you do anything different. There may be some spoke tracks bedded into the hub. If so, keep the same spoke pattern so you don't end up with spokes crossing the...
10-28-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By pdlamb

That's probably $15 each today after inflation. ...

That's probably $15 each today after inflation. ;) But I take your point, if you've accumulated tools for other things (household repairs, anyone?) I don't see how you'd rack up $200-300 with a...
10-28-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By pdlamb

I agree, the last few shots look much better than...

I agree, the last few shots look much better than the originals.

I'd probably put a base of Rustoleum on the bare metal, then finish with either "matching" or contrasting paint (I've never quite...
10-27-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,835
Posted By pdlamb

The problem is that, IME, chain wear seems to...

The problem is that, IME, chain wear seems to accelerate as it happens. So if a chain has "stretched" 1/16" at 2,000 miles, it'll be at 12-1/8" at 2,500 miles, and 12-1/4" at 3,000 miles. With 1/4"...
10-27-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,741
Posted By pdlamb

Ah, it's all a matter of taste. I saw this one...

Ah, it's all a matter of taste. I saw this one in the shop and thought I'd had some bad curry for lunch, but apparently some Seahawks fans like it. (Note how the gawd-awful fender color matches the...
10-27-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,835
Posted By pdlamb

When 12 links exceed 12-1/16" it's time to...

When 12 links exceed 12-1/16" it's time to replace the chain. TBH, I've got a Park checker I can drop down a few places around the chain -- I usually wait until the first one drops to squat down on...
10-27-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 508
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure it's possible to pack an ordinary...

I'm not sure it's possible to pack an ordinary bike, especially a large one, inside the 62" requirement. Bike Friday or an S&S coupled bike are made for traveling under that requirement.

Before...
Forum: Touring
10-26-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,215
Posted By pdlamb

After all the threads obsessing over all the...

After all the threads obsessing over all the minutiae of your gear, I'd thought it was possible you were trying to learn the lessons of history in order not to repeat them. Now it seems that was not...
10-26-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,037
Posted By pdlamb

Trying very hard not to draw parallels with the...

Trying very hard not to draw parallels with the princess and the pea... Oops.

I've tasted warm water from cheap bottles that tasted a lot like plastic, but I've never compared it to poop.

Two...
10-26-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,482
Posted By pdlamb

Someone pointed out, back on usenet, that most...

Someone pointed out, back on usenet, that most motor vehicle drivers will give you as much room as you take.

So, for instance, you're riding to the right of the fog line. No need for the driver...
10-26-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,646
Posted By pdlamb

Hot air, from the campaigns? ;) Don't think...

Hot air, from the campaigns? ;)

Don't think I've bought anything for the stockpile since last winter, but I may run out of tires next year if the usual vendors don't have end of the year sales.
10-26-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,741
Posted By pdlamb

What, took it to Pennsylvania? Given...

What, took it to Pennsylvania?



Given the apparent weather in the picture, pretty cool.
10-21-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 534
Posted By pdlamb

I've also had good luck with Rema patches, bought...

I've also had good luck with Rema patches, bought in bulk. I've use Rema, Slime, and even Elmer's rubber cement, and can't tell the difference between them over many years and many, many patches. ...
10-19-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,741
Posted By pdlamb

If you've taken an emotional dislike to...

If you've taken an emotional dislike to fenders/mudguards, you'll never like looking at them.

Except, perhaps, when you're riding down a wet street, happen to look down, and think, "Wow, if it...
10-16-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 5,128
Posted By pdlamb

OK, if you're artificially limiting your diet...

OK, if you're artificially limiting your diet you'll have to make some effort to add in the nutrients you've cut out.



All those people are dead now. :)
10-16-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 837
Posted By pdlamb

Just thinking out loud, as it were. Could you...

Just thinking out loud, as it were. Could you leave the BB in for the painting, then just unscrew it when you're ready to build the bike back up?

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Brifter: a good bit of jargon...
10-15-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,213
Posted By pdlamb

At first glance I read that as Double Python, as...

At first glance I read that as Double Python, as in Monte Python Monte Python. At second glance it still fits.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,311
Posted By pdlamb

I doubt a Marathon is going to add 30 minutes to...

I doubt a Marathon is going to add 30 minutes to your 90 minute commute. 5 minutes, possibly.

Now if you do the math, you might think the average would be a downer. 40 extra minutes of commuting...
10-15-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 866
Posted By pdlamb

IMHO hours of recovery is something Garmin put in...

IMHO hours of recovery is something Garmin put in to make up for the lack of stand-up comedians during Covid.
10-14-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 858
Posted By pdlamb

Only if you can (a) find the parts (they're not...

Only if you can (a) find the parts (they're not making them any more) and (b) you do the work yourself. I think I paid $40 for a new spring carrier last spring, and the one time I had a shop do it,...
10-14-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,125
Posted By pdlamb

Bright colors that contrast with the scenery. As...

Bright colors that contrast with the scenery. As a cyclist and a driver, I think it's foolish every time I see a cyclist wearing black or dark gray on the road.

Contrast? The high vis green...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 851
Posted By pdlamb

It's not winter here yet, but I found one cool...

It's not winter here yet, but I found one cool weather glove that worked, most of the time. Not sure which one it is right now.

Are you near a good bike shop or REI where you can take your device...
10-13-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 846
Posted By pdlamb

jppe, good job getting it done and getting off...

jppe, good job getting it done and getting off the road!

Most of the time I figure a hurricane's rain bands go 100-150 miles out from the eye. This one, though, had rain bands going to the...
10-06-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,986
Posted By pdlamb

This question comes up periodically, and it...

This question comes up periodically, and it always reminds me of the accountant's exam. Q: "What is two plus two?" A: "What do you want it to be?"

Some people claim they can get the cost down to...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,475
Posted By pdlamb

As djb says, don't rock the bike (boat) -- or at...

As djb says, don't rock the bike (boat) -- or at least, don't rock it so much. I find I rock the bike perhaps 5-10 degrees when loaded, compared to 30 degrees each way unloaded. You end up moving...
10-05-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,472
Posted By pdlamb

Congratulations! and it's probably easier now...

Congratulations! and it's probably easier now than waiting 30 years to ride your age.
10-02-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 9,883
Posted By pdlamb

In before the lock.

In before the lock.
09-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,766
Posted By pdlamb

Growing up and learning to take responsibility is...

Growing up and learning to take responsibility is hard. (So hard, some people never do it!)

I'm trying to stay healthy, which coincidentally keeps everyone else in my area a little safer, too. ...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,614
Posted By pdlamb

And my own observation is that too many states...

And my own observation is that too many states could outsource licensing drivers to the same places that sell hunting and fishing licenses -- Walmart, for instance -- with no change in knowledge of...
09-25-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,283
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think it's silly when I know of two...

I don't think it's silly when I know of two people whose liability were covered when they were at fault while cycling.
09-25-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By pdlamb

A good bike shop is like a good hardware store,...

A good bike shop is like a good hardware store, they're both worth supporting with your business.
09-25-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,283
Posted By pdlamb

If you've got auto insurance, call them first. ...

If you've got auto insurance, call them first. Most policies (excluding "don't pay for what you don't think you'll need") will cover the driver regardless of what s/he's driving.
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