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Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By pdlamb

I figure the expiration date on a helmet is like...

I figure the expiration date on a helmet is like the 18 month expiration date on canned food -- a good way for the manufacturer to sell you more. They'd probably make the helmet expire in 2 years if...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By pdlamb

Pick your route carefully. Many, if not most,...

Pick your route carefully. Many, if not most, cities will have multi-lane thoroughfares paralleled by smaller streets, perhaps with stop signs or more red lights. Those small streets can be bicycle...
10-11-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 366
Posted By pdlamb

It's not particularly light weight or portable,...

It's not particularly light weight or portable, but I think this one might work:
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Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

It's got to be miserable weather before I enjoy...

It's got to be miserable weather before I enjoy driving a car to or from work. And even then it's a mixed "blessing" because there's a mix of idiots who can't drive in the rain and the fools who...
10-11-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 210
Posted By pdlamb

Would painting the bike blue work? :)

Would painting the bike blue work? :)
10-10-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,480
Posted By pdlamb

Got to disagree with this. By the time you're...

Got to disagree with this. By the time you're finished, the one you prefer will be out of production or the formulation will have changed instead.
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

IIRC potassium permanganate was the purple stuff...

IIRC potassium permanganate was the purple stuff that used to come in gigantic capsule-shaped "pills." You put one in a bucket of warm water and soaked your athlete's foot in it to supposedly kill...
Replies: 13
Views: 1,704
Posted By pdlamb

Back about the time this thread started, I put a...

Back about the time this thread started, I put a 3N72 (I think) on. Some 30,000 miles later it's still going str - CLUNK! Karunch! grind grind grind THUD

Maybe that'll be enough to ward off...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,017
Posted By pdlamb

I've given up trying to guess why people do...

I've given up trying to guess why people do stupid stuff, except as an intellectual exercise in speculation. (So sometimes I will talk politics...)

Perhaps, this early in the season, their lights...
10-08-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,969
Posted By pdlamb

Don't think so. My wife's car needs a new...

Don't think so.

My wife's car needs a new paint job after about a dozen years sitting outside in all weather. My oldest bike, about the same vintage, is protected at least half the time (inside a...
10-08-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 424
Posted By pdlamb

I remember walking into Chapel Hill through 8" of...

I remember walking into Chapel Hill through 8" of fresh snow to try to get my brother a good calculator on closeout at the bookstore. (Missed my chance, I was #23...
10-08-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 846
Posted By pdlamb

A friend recommended some protein drinks from...

A friend recommended some protein drinks from Costco, so I got a box.

They tasted awful to me.

Chocolate milk FTW!
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By pdlamb

Wonder if the trail will have melted and cleared...

Wonder if the trail will have melted and cleared after a couple days of sunshine?
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 12,984
Posted By pdlamb

Until next time...

Until next time...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

The mile of MUP was miserable this morning. ...

The mile of MUP was miserable this morning. Yesterday's cold front and rain brought down a bunch of leaves. So even though the trees barely have any yellow-green, what came down is glued on to the...
10-08-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,753
Posted By pdlamb

Somebody a while back suggested the best place...

Somebody a while back suggested the best place for a fast century was from Leadville, CO to around Canon City. Downhill almost all the way. Throw in a tailwind, perhaps 60-75F, on a weekday with...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 377
Posted By pdlamb

As a college kid living along a main line track,...

As a college kid living along a main line track, it wasn't unusual for us to walk a couple miles into the nearest town on the tracks. I couldn't understand back then how people got run over by...
10-07-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,264
Posted By pdlamb

And for that matter make sure your shorts aren't...

And for that matter make sure your shorts aren't see-through. :D
10-07-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By pdlamb

I'd want to know what kind of bike this is going...

I'd want to know what kind of bike this is going on. $200 Wally-world special? Not worth it. Decent bike, say $750 or more new? Might be worth it if the $150 includes installation. $300 new...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

Weather Affects Bicycle Commuter I know, I...

Weather Affects Bicycle Commuter

I know, I can hear you thinking "duh!" from way over here, but maybe it's not the way you expect.

It was a wet summer, and one of the drier Septembers on...
Forum: Commuting
10-07-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,363
Posted By pdlamb

+1 The plastic cover of my previous armored...

+1

The plastic cover of my previous armored cable lock cracked and started coming off. I stopped by my LBS and asked if they had any MTB tubes they'd replaced recently. Cut off the appropriate...
10-04-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By pdlamb

I'm enough of a vehicular cyclist that I don't...

I'm enough of a vehicular cyclist that I don't want to ride so close to the edge of the pavement that I need the light on the right. I'd rather have some more visibility to oncoming traffic, so if I...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,364
Posted By pdlamb

Many modern dyno lights have a "standlight"...

Many modern dyno lights have a "standlight" feature. On the rear, it'll stay lit up for 3-5 minutes, minimum, after you've ridden a few blocks at a brisk pace.

With a good hub and light system,...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

Bicycle Repair Man (see also Python, Monte,...

Bicycle Repair Man (see also Python, Monte, youtube) needed to make an appearance yesterday, and didn't get finished until well after dark. (Off topic, I wish BRM would spend a rainy Saturday fixing...
09-27-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By pdlamb

Cheapest and easiest way is probably to install a...

Cheapest and easiest way is probably to install a wired computer.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

As it's Friday, I decided to take a bit longer...

As it's Friday, I decided to take a bit longer route in since I'll have to take the car home for the weekend. Naturally, this was the day the guy I run into and ride with once a month or so saw me...
09-26-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,333
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not quite sure if the original question was...

I'm not quite sure if the original question was specific to the web app, or to the tensiometer that you need to feed the app.

My experience is that the wheels I build stay round, true, and...
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By pdlamb

Let me take a slightly different approach to...

Let me take a slightly different approach to answering OP's question(s).

Bona fides: I've got a touring bike and a spare touring bike, 20 and 12 years old, with about 40,000 and 25,000 miles,...
Forum: Touring
09-25-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By pdlamb

But we did such a great job designing that horse!...

But we did such a great job designing that horse!
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Forum: Commuting
09-25-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

Very nice cagers this morning. I pulled out in...

Very nice cagers this morning. I pulled out in front of a sheriff's truck stopped at a traffic light (yeah, a little nervous about that!), and the minivan in the left lane left me about 50' to cross...
09-25-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By pdlamb

Took me just under 8 hours, clock time. That's...

Took me just under 8 hours, clock time. That's about 6:45 for riding around 15 mph average, 20 minutes extra for the hills, and the rest of the time eating and refilling water bottles. Tailwind...
09-24-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 550
Posted By pdlamb

BADS is a good name for the affliction. I knew I...

BADS is a good name for the affliction. I knew I had it bad one summer. After a spring of my wife griping about being a bicycle widow, work, bad weather, etc. meant I hadn't been riding for over a...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,064
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like fun, I wouldn't mind having that...

Sounds like fun, I wouldn't mind having that "problem!"
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, a few times a year there's something going...

Yes, a few times a year there's something going on downtown that makes traffic heavy, slow, and erratic -- much like your description. Usually it's a day-long conference (instead of the usual...
09-24-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 636
Posted By pdlamb

After a drive like that, I'll do more than most...

After a drive like that, I'll do more than most here.

Lube the chain is a no-brainer. Also wipe down and re-lube your derailer pivots and brake pivots. Give the cable adjusters a drop of oil, both...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

A glorious morning, and it was really tempting to...

A glorious morning, and it was really tempting to take another hour or two to go for a ride. But my legs told me otherwise, so I tried to keep the ride in a recovery ride. Felt really good, and...
09-23-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By pdlamb

I don't see any mention of replacing the cable...

I don't see any mention of replacing the cable housing above. It's a good idea to replace that when you R&R the cable. Make sure the housing is cut square and doesn't have any sharp edges, and if...
09-23-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,326
Posted By pdlamb

Two come to mind. Shortly after getting home...

Two come to mind. Shortly after getting home from a tour, I knew I needed to rebuild my pedals (Speedplay Frogs), but I hadn't gotten a round tuit. 25 miles from home, the last of the bearings gave...
09-23-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By pdlamb

First century in 4.5 years!

Did my first century since 2015 this weekend, and it was a beaut! Also first ride of 100 miles or more since I turned 60, and the first one since my heart attack, so I'm celebrating! Cool morning,...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto to all of the above, including the...

Ditto to all of the above, including the recommendation. Also more reflective area than many sashes and vests!

I think I saw SP was discontinuing this model last spring, so get one pronto if you...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,594
Views: 48,601
Posted By pdlamb

Beautiful day for a ride down here as well. ...

Beautiful day for a ride down here as well. Clear, calm (weather and traffic!), and cool enough that I zipped my (short sleeve) jersey partway up.
09-20-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
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: 1,594
Views: 48,601
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: 49
Views: 3,875
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: 184
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: 277
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: 536
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: 1,594
Views: 48,601
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: 485
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: 1,594
Views: 48,601
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...
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