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Forum: Commuting
02-14-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

I could have ridden yesterday, but making the...

I could have ridden yesterday, but making the early rehearsal would have been tough. I drove the car, met my wife for an early (day early and early evening) supper, and the traffic cleared out...
02-13-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 480
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...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 562
Posted By pdlamb

Longest riding, most flat resistant tire I ever...

Longest riding, most flat resistant tire I ever rode was a Continental Contact (now available with multiple postscripts). It was also the most miserable to unmount and remount when it did flat. ...
02-13-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 413
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...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

Aggravating when the electronics don't work...

Aggravating when the electronics don't work right, but it'd have been a lot worse if the swing was the other way -- dressing for 53F and it's 43 and windy can get painful in the extremities!
02-13-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

I normally ride a touring bike, because they're...

I normally ride a touring bike, because they're built to carry a load -- and I AM a load! :) But with the change in the REI warranty a few years back, make sure you're going to tour within 3 years...
02-13-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 246
Posted By pdlamb

I've been using Shimergo (or Campagnono? - the...

I've been using Shimergo (or Campagnono? - the front 2/3 is Campa, after all!) for nearly 20 years. I've had success using Campy shifters and Campy derailers.

I tried the Hubbub cable clamping,...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By pdlamb

I'm a fan of Ortlieb panniers. Kept everything...

I'm a fan of Ortlieb panniers. Kept everything dry yesterday while riding through the showers.
02-11-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 368
Posted By pdlamb

I bought a Park CT-3 a while back and haven't...

I bought a Park CT-3 a while back and haven't regretted the cost.

I see they have a 3.2 and a 3.3 now. Buy the cheaper one if you're working on older bikes.
02-11-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 404
Posted By pdlamb

To quote Mark Twain, "A man with one watch knows...

To quote Mark Twain, "A man with one watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."...
02-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 480
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...
02-11-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 895
Posted By pdlamb

On whether to buy a new wheel -- yes. Dyno hubs...

On whether to buy a new wheel -- yes. Dyno hubs are solid, but their dimensions probably don't match your existing hub. So you'll have to buy new spokes, a new hub, and either pay someone (or DIY)...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

Chickened out yesterday and took the car. Today...

Chickened out yesterday and took the car. Today showed that, while the creeks aren't all that high, there's standing water in almost every flat field and yard I passed.

Today I felt brave (and...
02-11-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,587
Posted By pdlamb

+1 more on bike commute. Base miles add up,...

+1 more on bike commute. Base miles add up, saves on gas (even if you keep the car), you get your exercise for a minimal delta in travel time.

Ride with the kids. I started riding down to the...
02-11-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,936
Posted By pdlamb

I try to repack my wheel bearings every year,...

I try to repack my wheel bearings every year, maybe 2-4,000 miles depending on which bike. In your case, between the salt spray and dusty gravel, I think I'd shoot for every six months.
02-10-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,426
Posted By pdlamb

I missed something. Your bike shop won't let you...

I missed something. Your bike shop won't let you weigh a bike before you buy it? Maybe you should go to another bike shop.
02-07-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,426
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, 09:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,020
Posted By pdlamb

Amazon doesn't deliver Park Tools to where you...

Amazon doesn't deliver Park Tools to where you live??

Have you considered offering the bike shop $5 to pull the crank for you?
02-07-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,066
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: 1,022
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...
Forum: Commuting
02-07-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

I've been known to change my route after winds...

I've been known to change my route after winds like that -- especially since that day a few years back when I climbed and lifted the bike over a blowdown on the MUP, only to find out two days later...
02-06-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 659
Posted By pdlamb

Let me guess, is it a lovely pale green? :)

Let me guess, is it a lovely pale green? :)
02-06-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 659
Posted By pdlamb

When I'm not desperate, I like to go browse...

When I'm not desperate, I like to go browse shops. (I've done this several times on business trips where I'm likely to be back in the neighborhood, and hopefully I'll be able to arrange a nice ride...
02-06-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 920
Posted By pdlamb

I'd suggest ride with it as is for a week or two....

I'd suggest ride with it as is for a week or two. I've got a similar setup. It was a change, coming from a circular beam on mounted on handlebars, and pointed down to minimize lighting up the sky,...
02-06-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 844
Posted By pdlamb

I've got enough rags from worn-out clothes that...

I've got enough rags from worn-out clothes that I'm happy to throw them away when they're filthy.

I do wonder how the environmental impacts of whatever's needed to clean greasy rags compares to...
02-04-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,126
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, 11:51 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

Look at the bright side, you get free medical...

Look at the bright side, you get free medical coverage for the rest of the year! :)
Replies: 22
Views: 991
Posted By pdlamb

So many wrong answers. What do you guys get...

So many wrong answers.

What do you guys get when you do an official audax event? A new Audax bike!
Forum: Commuting
02-04-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
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...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,071
Posted By pdlamb

Off the shelf bikes are pretty good these days,...

Off the shelf bikes are pretty good these days, with the possible exception of some "touring" bikes being overgeared for hills. I remember Kentucky has some of those...

So my response is similar...
02-03-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, my old 800 takes a while to get a satellite...

FWIW, my old 800 takes a while to get a satellite lock when I haven't used it for a couple weeks (or more). However, if it senses it's moving and I start recording, it usually manages to record the...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

One last nice ride today before NOAA (or is it...

One last nice ride today before NOAA (or is it Noah) sends more rain our way. And it was a nice ride in (leaving out the part where I have to work once I get here!). Clear, cool, calm -- I managed...
02-03-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,941
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: 1,467
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,...
01-31-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By pdlamb

You may be 65 in calendar years, but you're only...

You may be 65 in calendar years, but you're only 45 in cyclist years?
Forum: Commuting
01-31-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,412
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: 535
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...
01-31-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By pdlamb

Too much worrying about too little significance...

Too much worrying about too little significance for me. As long as the spoke heads are seated in the hub, I don't worry which way they go.
01-31-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 738
Posted By pdlamb

Turn left! No, no, the OTHER left!

Turn left! No, no, the OTHER left!
01-30-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto for me. It's a double whammy when...

Ditto for me. It's a double whammy when bronchitis or sinusitis keeps me off the bike. First I have to get well enough to ride the bike (which takes longer because of all the chest and head...
01-30-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 886
Posted By pdlamb

Add $100 or so for the HRM strap (I prefer Wahoo...

Add $100 or so for the HRM strap (I prefer Wahoo straps because I can actually change the blinking user-serviceable battery!) and cadence sensor.
01-30-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,423
Posted By pdlamb

Last time I bought a bike (touring bike), the...

Last time I bought a bike (touring bike), the sales folks were amazed at how long I was riding each bike. It was only 2-3 miles, but the shop was near a nice residential area with hills, flats,...
01-29-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,905
Posted By pdlamb

I don't worry about it in town. I figure there's...

I don't worry about it in town. I figure there's enough people around, someone will eventually call 911 and they'll call my wife when they find my cell phone or ID.

I normally run Strava or...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
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:...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

If they think the water costs less than a service...

If they think the water costs less than a service call to turn the water off, wait until a good freeze cracks the pipes. And heads.

Just enough water falling out of the sky this morning to get me...
01-29-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,787
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds probable. Every month or two I buy a...

Sounds probable. Every month or two I buy a bakers dozen bagels on the way to work. When I get everything bagels, I can smell the dried onion on that pannier for a couple days afterwards.
01-28-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,787
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?"
01-28-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,042
Posted By pdlamb

I did a five hour road trip from my Dad's house...

I did a five hour road trip from my Dad's house to find a touring bike that worked for me. That was 12 years ago, and the travel time turned out to be a great investment. Go to a decent bike shop...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 690
Posted By pdlamb

Disclaimer: I'm not an insurance agent, and I...

Disclaimer: I'm not an insurance agent, and I certainly don't know the specifics of any policy you have or might look at.

That being said, you're liable for damage to a car if you're at fault...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 5,313
Posted By pdlamb

After all the warmth and rain this month (except...

After all the warmth and rain this month (except for last week's frigid temperatures), perhaps we're back to average temps -- 30 to 50F? Without the cloud cover, the temperature can swing a bit...
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