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Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 478
Posted By pdlamb

That may be a regional thing in the PNW. I'd...

That may be a regional thing in the PNW. I'd guess 1/2 to 3/4 of the bikes I saw when I was riding brevets had leather saddles.
Forum: Commuting
04-15-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 344
Posted By pdlamb

My plastic fenders broke after about 18 years...

My plastic fenders broke after about 18 years (SKS predecessor company). Outraged at such a flimsy product, I bought metal fenders (from Velo Orange) to replace them. It took me about 12 hours over...
04-14-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 242
Posted By pdlamb

I bought a cheap one from Nashbar, not quite last...

I bought a cheap one from Nashbar, not quite last millenium.
04-14-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 71
Posted By pdlamb

Take a deep breath. Blow it out slowly. Now go...

Take a deep breath. Blow it out slowly. Now go outside and go for a bike ride. A bike ride is fun, right? As soon as you start pedaling you'll remember, and everything will be all right.
04-14-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 354
Posted By pdlamb

I've got toe overlap on my bikes as well, and I...

I've got toe overlap on my bikes as well, and I deal with it. But I'm willing to unclip and put a foot down at a stop sign or red light; people who insist on track standing when stopped have a...
04-14-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By pdlamb

It's not the number of gears in the back that's...

It's not the number of gears in the back that's important as much as the number of teeth (the "size") of the cassette and crank. You generally want larger cassettes and smaller cranks for climbing....
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,494
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto! I wonder what the difference was between...

Ditto! I wonder what the difference was between this one and the slide a few years back -- how'd the engineers decide this was OK to fill with riprap, and the previous slide needed a bridge? How...
04-14-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 338
Posted By pdlamb

Another "no" vote, though I don't discount it. I...

Another "no" vote, though I don't discount it. I took several years dialing in my bike (now bikes); I suspect I'd have got the fit sooner if I'd bought a pro fit. As it is, all the key measurements...
04-13-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 263
Posted By pdlamb

LisainLisbon, as you can see, there's a lot of...

LisainLisbon, as you can see, there's a lot of recommendations. Most quick knee jerk responses tend to be "Buy what I bought!" Rather than jump on the train early, perhaps you can consider...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 478
Posted By pdlamb

After 1,000 miles, I'd say Germany_chris is...

After 1,000 miles, I'd say Germany_chris is right. Send it to me. ;)
04-13-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 266
Posted By pdlamb

I've done the rim swap a couple times. IIRC I...

I've done the rim swap a couple times. IIRC I unscrewed every nipple 2-3 turns before starting to change them over. That gave me a bit of slack to make the swap easier. FWIW I replaced a couple of...
04-12-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,431
Posted By pdlamb

Passing other riders is like passing other cars...

Passing other riders is like passing other cars on cruise control -- some tender egos go nuts and have to re-pass you in either cast.

And of course, sometimes they're just sandbagging you looking...
04-12-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 242
Posted By pdlamb

A bike cover will work well to keep rain off. ...

A bike cover will work well to keep rain off.

It won't do much to prevent theft; can you also get a (heavy) chain and lock the bike to something solid?

Finally, not that she'd ever go two weeks...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By pdlamb

I also replace brake pads before they get to...

I also replace brake pads before they get to metal-on-metal contact between the brake shoes and the rim. If the brakes are adjusted correctly, that's a long time after the contours are worn down on...
04-09-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By pdlamb

Is that a commercial or a home-brew solution?

Is that a commercial or a home-brew solution?
Forum: Commuting
04-09-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By pdlamb

Just MHO: Not knowing what Melbourne...

Just MHO:

Not knowing what Melbourne temperatures are like, I'll have to share my experiences and you'll have to figure out what to do for your situation. I'm going to get wet if I'm riding in...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

1. Oil pivots (brake and derailer) 2. Make sure...

1. Oil pivots (brake and derailer)
2. Make sure shifters are well greased
3. Oil or grease brake and shifter cables periodically
4. If you've got parts that aren't stainless steel or aluminum, or...
04-08-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,155
Posted By pdlamb

Have you considered limiting your time on social...

Have you considered limiting your time on social media?
04-08-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,617
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure whether you're ignorant or trolling....

I'm not sure whether you're ignorant or trolling. Wind shifts everywhere I've ridden, sometimes in less than one day, but today's wind is rarely a harbinger of tomorrow's.
04-07-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 844
Posted By pdlamb

Boeshield Dawn bucket hot water You'll...

Boeshield
Dawn
bucket
hot water
You'll have to listen/rewind for the brand name of the brush. Other brushes will work but the brand he references won't stay clean when you clean the chain or...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,531
Posted By pdlamb

75% chance the answer's "No." 20% chance it's...

75% chance the answer's "No."
20% chance it's "If you put the tires on deflated you can get the wheel through the brakes, then pump them up."

Are you on good terms with an LBS who'll let you try...
04-06-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 893
Posted By pdlamb

... 25-70 Nm (240-610 in-lb) for bottom...

... 25-70 Nm (240-610 in-lb) for bottom brackets...
04-06-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By pdlamb

Look at the profile and the route information,...

Look at the profile and the route information, and you can start to make a good estimate. For instance, Stage 3 (2021 Haute Route Dolomites Stage Descriptions | Haute Route...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,840
Posted By pdlamb

essiemyra, what about your ride home last night? ...

essiemyra, what about your ride home last night? Did you sit up and fly home with a tailwind?
Forum: Commuting
04-06-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Get a bike cover, take it and use it when rain is...

Get a bike cover, take it and use it when rain is in the forecast. If there's a surprise pop-up shower, wipe the bike down when you get home and re-lube the chain and pivots.
04-06-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 300
Posted By pdlamb

It's probably worth checking the chain that...

It's probably worth checking the chain that started this thread with a tape measure or ruler. If the chain turns out to be "really" worn out, you need to press down hard with that checker.
04-06-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 844
Posted By pdlamb

I'm too lazy to repost: Bike Forums - View...

I'm too lazy to repost:
Bike Forums - View Single Post - Is there a quick, easy way to wash a bike?? (https://www.bikeforums.net/21613546-post33.html)
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By pdlamb

32s are as small as I'd be willing to go on the...

32s are as small as I'd be willing to go on the C&O, and I think I'd prefer something wider. There are sections that get muddy after a rain, and the mud can persist for a long time -- it takes good...
Forum: Commuting
04-05-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By pdlamb

I've done a couple round trips to the office...

I've done a couple round trips to the office without stopping. But I've found taking rides of a similar distance before work (in the summer) or around lunch time (in the winter) works pretty well...
04-05-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By pdlamb

Alex rims, while they're inexpensive, are usually...

Alex rims, while they're inexpensive, are usually built stouter than higher-priced rims. This is where a spoke tensiometer can help, or failing that, a musical tuner. Unless you've ridden over...
04-05-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,165
Posted By pdlamb

So I've heard. :/

So I've heard. :/
04-05-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By pdlamb

If you only ride when it's not raining AND the...

If you only ride when it's not raining AND the roads are dry, a dry lube might work well. Otherwise, wipe your chain off with a rag every so often.
04-05-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 540
Posted By pdlamb

Apparently not.

Apparently not.
04-05-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,165
Posted By pdlamb

Bar bag. Saddle bag (if it'll fit) Ziplock...

Bar bag.
Saddle bag (if it'll fit)
Ziplock bag in jersey pocket

Pick one.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 293
Posted By pdlamb

I've thought about going to a rack-mounted front...

I've thought about going to a rack-mounted front bag a few times, but as you've found out, the prices are pretty steep. (At least you've got the rack!)

Ortlieb bar bags have a nice offset mount...
04-02-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,530
Posted By pdlamb

Not "Blenky"? or do you just put a blinkie on...

Not "Blenky"? or do you just put a blinkie on your Binky? :)
04-02-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By pdlamb

I think "stupid" is reviving a zombie thread to...

I think "stupid" is reviving a zombie thread to call someone stupid.
04-01-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 632
Posted By pdlamb

But there may be come folks at the ACS who ask...

But there may be come folks at the ACS who ask for de-(2R,3R,4S,5S,6R)-2-[(2S,3S,4S,5R)-3,4-dihydroxy-2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)oxolan-2-yl]oxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)oxane-3,4,5-trio. (They're called organic...
03-31-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 632
Posted By pdlamb

Why do people want to use words different from a...

Why do people want to use words different from a word the overwhelming majority understand?
03-31-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By pdlamb

A quick search came up with a non-Shimano...

A quick search came up with a non-Shimano replacement:
Universal Cycles -- SunRace FCM300 Triple Ring Crankset - 7/8 Speed [FCM300.LMDD.SS0.BX]...
03-30-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 651
Posted By pdlamb

Yabbut... Don't drag your brakes down a 4...

Yabbut...

Don't drag your brakes down a 4 mile, 10% grade. Or a 6 mile, 6% grade. (I didn't, either time, but I saw the results. Pretty nifty handling by the lady who blew her front tire!)
03-30-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By pdlamb

Pretty good bet the old stem will clamp onto the...

Pretty good bet the old stem will clamp onto the steerer, 1 1/8" is pretty common. But take a caliper and measure your bars (and perhaps the bar of the bike the stem came off) to see if it's...
03-30-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,464
Posted By pdlamb

Knee jerk: No I'm not! After a moment's...

Knee jerk: No I'm not!

After a moment's thought: good summary.
03-30-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,127
Posted By pdlamb

I've learned that if I stop at the side of a...

I've learned that if I stop at the side of a rural road, I need to pull out either a camera or a bottle of sunscreen pretty quickly. If I don't, someone in the first half dozen cars to pass me will...
03-30-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By pdlamb

That looks more like dry electrodes on your HRM...

That looks more like dry electrodes on your HRM strap -- was it cool on that ride?

No pulse reading after wetting the electrodes is my tip-off. HRM says my heart's not beating, but I feel fine...
03-29-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 603
Posted By pdlamb

Get the second book, and Golden Cheetah, and...

Get the second book, and Golden Cheetah, and figure out everything GC gives you.

Just remember to take a break every day or so and go for a bike ride.
03-29-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 651
Posted By pdlamb

Tube patch failing would only reproduce the leak,...

Tube patch failing would only reproduce the leak, not cause a blowout.

Also, is there any reason heating caused by braking would be limited to 100C?
03-29-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,155
Posted By pdlamb

Price you pay for living in a quiet place with no...

Price you pay for living in a quiet place with no crime and bored cops.
03-29-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 889
Posted By pdlamb

Internal gearing and external shielding for the...

Internal gearing and external shielding for the chain?
03-29-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,530
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, I've named a couple of my bikes. The...

Yes, I've named a couple of my bikes.

The better story belongs to the replacement Novara Randonee I got 10 miles into a cross country ride. The original frame broke almost from Yorktown to...
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