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10-20-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 707
Posted By pdlamb

If you're 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, like a...

If you're 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, like a freight train, maybe. But you'd probably want a heavy bike to carry your massive (bicycling) engine.
10-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 185
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a Zefal gauge in one bike's saddle bag,...

I've got a Zefal gauge in one bike's saddle bag, but I hardly ever use it. Compared to digging the gauge out of the bag, taking off the cap, unscrewing the valve -- and then reversing the process --...
10-20-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 483
Posted By pdlamb

I got pulled over once for riding on a military...

I got pulled over once for riding on a military base with a "camera" on my helmet. I showed him how the headlight worked, dazzling the MP, who let me go after reminding me about the camera policy. ...
10-20-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 707
Posted By pdlamb

Once you're rolling on a flat road, heavy bikes...

Once you're rolling on a flat road, heavy bikes don't take any more energy to pedal than light bikes.

Knobby tires do take more energy, but as Pop notes, they're not as much fun to ride.

Now if...
10-19-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,080
Posted By pdlamb

$105 for leather gravel riding gloves? Last time...

$105 for leather gravel riding gloves? Last time I looked I could get some really nice (goatskin) leather gloves for half that!

Oh, I might have to take my wife out to dinner to get her to stich...
10-19-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 338
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, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By pdlamb

Same here. I guess the tread wears out before...

Same here. I guess the tread wears out before those threads cause any other problem.
10-16-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,286
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, 12:02 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 15,132
Posted By pdlamb

I think I threw out the last tube from when this...

I think I threw out the last tube from when this thread was new last year. Only nine or ten patches on it, but the new puncture was through the edge of a previous patch. :(
10-16-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 653
Posted By pdlamb

I think you're right, large number of miles and...

I think you're right, large number of miles and very low probability, I've still had something every 2-3 years. You can thank me for my contribution to keeping the average where it is when you...
10-16-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By pdlamb

I've been using the Amsoil for a half dozen...

I've been using the Amsoil for a half dozen years. I don't know how well it's doing, but all the rust on my bikes seems to be on the outside.
10-16-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 473
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...
10-16-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By pdlamb

Five year old Polar water bottle lids were coming...

Five year old Polar water bottle lids were coming loose. Email customer service, I ended up getting three new lids for postage (which cost about half the price of one replacement bottle!).
...
10-16-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 653
Posted By pdlamb

I ride almost entirely on roads, and I've had...

I ride almost entirely on roads, and I've had three road bike tires blow out on the sidewalls. One was a defective new tire -- the manufacturer replaced it with no questions beyond "Can you send us...
10-15-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By pdlamb

Yep, same here (except for the Sno Seal). It's...

Yep, same here (except for the Sno Seal). It's too much trouble to take the saddle off to reach all the parts above the rails, and then try to get it back in the exact same location. (Fenders and a...
10-15-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,454
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: Touring
10-15-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 735
Posted By pdlamb

OP, when are you thinking about this tour? It...

OP, when are you thinking about this tour? It won't be too much longer until the winter storms hit. Second worst windy day I've had was near the CA coast -- reminded me of my worst windy day ever,...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,307
Posted By pdlamb

I've bought a lot of Sidi parts over the years,...

I've bought a lot of Sidi parts over the years, but I've never seen replaceable/replacement treads. Can you supply a link?
Forum: Commuting
10-15-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 859
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, 10:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,427
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, but can you play the piano like Liberace?

Yeah, but can you play the piano like Liberace?
10-15-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 422
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.
10-15-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 653
Posted By pdlamb

I just posted the other day, to a different...

I just posted the other day, to a different thread, that I've successfully limped home twice with a booted tire and lowered tire pressure. I've also had three or four times when I tried a boot and...
10-15-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 774
Posted By pdlamb

Deal with that every week. Except the pony is a...

Deal with that every week. Except the pony is a mustang and the pistol is a shotgun mounted in the rear window of the pickup.
10-15-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 350
Posted By pdlamb

If anyone is inclined to try the beer can shim,...

If anyone is inclined to try the beer can shim, your math is a bit off. One full wrap would increase the effective diameter 0.2 mm (0.1 mm per side of the post), so 10 wraps would add 2 mm to the...
10-14-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 429
Posted By pdlamb

Years ago when I started my own tomato plants...

Years ago when I started my own tomato plants from seed, the garden places had a plug-in cord that kept seedlings warm even facing a cold window. About 10W worth of heating, IIRC. I wonder if you...
10-14-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 350
Posted By pdlamb

Well, OK, if you insist. I'm a Real Man,...

Well, OK, if you insist.

I'm a Real Man, with a beer belly to prove it. My mighty beer belly is so awesome that I just set the too-skinny seatpost 1/2" too high, and jump on the saddle. I can...
10-14-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,454
Posted By pdlamb

Like indyfabz, I don't drool. But no matter...

Like indyfabz, I don't drool.

But no matter how hot, cold, or windy, I always sweat while I'm riding a bike. So I guess what makes me sweat is a bike I can ride!
10-14-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 350
Posted By pdlamb

Supposedly you can cut a shim out of an aluminum...

Supposedly you can cut a shim out of an aluminum can (beer or coke). I tried it, and it was shredded by the time I got the saddle height right.

New seatpost was a lot less than the $50 shim you...
10-14-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
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: 88
Views: 2,427
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...
10-14-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 585
Posted By pdlamb

And to make money, whatever the customer wants. ...

And to make money, whatever the customer wants. As long as I could build it well, there's some wacky ideas out there. Some of them are in (limited) mass production already.

I'm reminded of the...
Forum: Touring
10-13-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
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...
Replies: 14
Views: 527
Posted By pdlamb

2,000-4,500 miles rear, up to 6,000 miles front,...

2,000-4,500 miles rear, up to 6,000 miles front, depending on tire and load. Replace when the outer, hard rubber is gone and it starts flatting, or when cords are visible.

I collect leaky tubes...
10-13-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
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...
10-13-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 639
Posted By pdlamb

Gee, that's why I paid the fee! ;) I end up...

Gee, that's why I paid the fee! ;)

I end up trying some new things on supported centuries. A few of them I like. And I discovered pickle juice!
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,307
Posted By pdlamb

I had hot spots with MTB/SPD shoes on rides over...

I had hot spots with MTB/SPD shoes on rides over 30 miles or so. Two fixes were suggested back then, both of which worked. First, get off the bike every couple hours and walk around a bit. Works...
10-07-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,083
Posted By pdlamb

You left out the caveat: " (e.g., through HVAC...

You left out the caveat: " (e.g., through HVAC ventilatory systems or airplane ventilation)."
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,506
Posted By pdlamb

Pure Oil Co. was the gas chain where I grew up; I...

Pure Oil Co. was the gas chain where I grew up; I think they later re-branded (or were bought out) as Amoco. Their hook was that their gas didn't have that cheap lead in it which would foul your...
10-06-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Posted By pdlamb

Thanks for the reminder, it's about time my B-17...

Thanks for the reminder, it's about time my B-17 got some TLC.

Unlike neatsfoot oil or some other treatments, I'm not sure it's possible to put too much Proofide on a leather saddle. I expect a...
10-06-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,398
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: 53
Views: 1,338
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...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,506
Posted By pdlamb

Half a century ago, white gas was simply gasoline...

Half a century ago, white gas was simply gasoline without lead, e.g., Pure (later Amoco). We made a special stop at a Pure gas station on one trip to get fuel for an even older Primus stove. (Too...
10-05-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 919
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.
10-05-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, once I've got a good route (from connect or...

FWIW, once I've got a good route (from connect or rwgps) I turn recalculate on the Garmin off. (It still pops up an annoying "Do you want to recalculate?" message if I stop at a convenience store...
10-02-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 8,655
Posted By pdlamb

In before the lock.

In before the lock.
10-01-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 932
Posted By pdlamb

Wahoo offers (used to offer?) replacement straps...

Wahoo offers (used to offer?) replacement straps for their HRM. I could have saved $20 if I'd known that before I replaced mine...

Edited to add: a very nice young lady at the Walmart watch desk...
Replies: 16
Views: 935
Posted By pdlamb

I get the feeling rides advertised as 24 hour...

I get the feeling rides advertised as 24 hour rides fall in a crack between racing (who wants to race for 24 hours straight? too long!) and randonneuring (who wants to race for 24 hours? completing...
09-30-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By pdlamb

Wahoo speed sensor battery change problem

Ran the battery down on my Wahoo speed sensor, so I replaced it. (And it looks like the people who designed this were the ones who designed the barely user replaceable battery on the Garmin HRM, but...
09-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,081
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: 2,390
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...
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