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04-20-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,932
Posted By pdlamb

When I had my stress echo, it was only...

When I had my stress echo, it was only coincidence I saw a doctor -- in the hall on my way in. It was just techs and aides in the room with me. I suspect the formulaic approach is something that's...
04-20-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 140
Posted By pdlamb

Just make sure the wheel is secure (tight enough)...

Just make sure the wheel is secure (tight enough) in the dropout, and you've got two sides of the nut tight against the dropout. You don't want the nut or QR hanging off the front of the dropout!
Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,238
Posted By pdlamb

Just to reset, the picture that kicked off the...

Just to reset, the picture that kicked off the discussion was this one:



This would have me taking the lane. Riding right down the middle of the lane. And while I listen to all the virtual...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 868
Posted By pdlamb

I think Chicago is blown clean every couple days....

I think Chicago is blown clean every couple days. ;)
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,238
Posted By pdlamb

I realize I'm getting into a religious discussion...

I realize I'm getting into a religious discussion here. But if you were on this road, where would you ride? Traffic coming up from behind you really doesn't look like it has room to pass you within...
04-19-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By pdlamb

No-name user here, it's worked fine for trips up...

No-name user here, it's worked fine for trips up to about 1,000 miles.

One note: it may be best if you attach it to the seat tube under the seat stays. No sense reverse stressing the saddle by...
04-16-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,873
Posted By pdlamb

Nope.

Nope.
04-16-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,143
Posted By pdlamb

You're almost right; my crystal ball says each of...

You're almost right; my crystal ball says each of those will be marketed about 2-3 years apart. That way the tame magazine reviewers can persuade large numbers of people to ditch their old "plain...
04-16-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 589
Posted By pdlamb

AFAIK, the leading contenders for insulated...

AFAIK, the leading contenders for insulated bottles that fit into a standard bottle cage are still the 21 and 24 oz. Polar and Camelback. Either works well. In 85-90F temperatures, an uninsulated...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 763
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: 20
Views: 553
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: 20
Views: 415
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: 3
Views: 200
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: 518
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: 479
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: 39
Views: 2,893
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: 47
Views: 1,298
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: 311
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: 33
Views: 763
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: 308
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: 125
Views: 4,127
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: 20
Views: 415
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: 323
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: 345
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: 19
Views: 686
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: 536
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: 35
Views: 1,417
Posted By pdlamb

Have you considered limiting your time on social...

Have you considered limiting your time on social media?
04-07-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 890
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: 84
Views: 5,161
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: 35
Views: 1,068
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: 372
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: 93
Views: 4,050
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: 536
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: 326
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: 890
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: 8
Views: 527
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: 9
Views: 492
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: 7
Views: 401
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: 3,451
Posted By pdlamb

So I've heard. :/

So I've heard. :/
04-05-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
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: 585
Posted By pdlamb

Apparently not.

Apparently not.
04-05-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,451
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: 350
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: 1,606
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: 1,155
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: 690
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: 690
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: 247
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: 699
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: 208
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...
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