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05-31-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 565
Posted By pdlamb

I keep mine until the pads are worn out (and...

I keep mine until the pads are worn out (and starting to rub my skin raw), or the plastic head strap or mounts break. Oh, except for the helmet where the plastic outer shell blew off the foam...
05-28-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 278
Posted By pdlamb

At least at bike shops near me, labor to install...

At least at bike shops near me, labor to install a new BB is on the order of the price of the BB tool. And you have a good expectation that it'll be fixed right if the shop does it.
05-27-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 520
Posted By pdlamb

Reminds me of the old Peanuts strip where (IIRC)...

Reminds me of the old Peanuts strip where (IIRC) Linus is telling Charlie Brown, "It is better to light a single candle to curse the darkness."

Since I've been looking for a stock gravel bike with...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 395
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like overkill to me, even with the poor...

Sounds like overkill to me, even with the poor shape road streets are in within My Fair City. (But it's election year, so it's time for some serious road paving business!)
05-27-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 348
Posted By pdlamb

2 ounces for $10?? I've seen chain lube for...

2 ounces for $10?? I've seen chain lube for less. Much less.

Pass the Pedro's, or the Parks, or the Phil's, or ...
05-27-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 4,629
Posted By pdlamb

On the web page for every bike REI is selling,...

On the web page for every bike REI is selling, right by the price, is the disclaimer:

Bikes shipped to your home require some assembly upon delivery. Instructions included. Shipping of bike orders...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By pdlamb

There's a state park just up the ridge from my...

There's a state park just up the ridge from my house. For several years I've done a route through there, then down to the county park at the river, and called it a bike your park ride. Easy way to...
05-26-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 674
Posted By pdlamb

You moved the saddle 0.75" and call it JUST 3/4"?...

You moved the saddle 0.75" and call it JUST 3/4"? "Just" in saddle movement, in my book, is 1/8" or so!
05-26-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 656
Posted By pdlamb

Also make sure your crank fixing bolt is torqued...

Also make sure your crank fixing bolt is torqued properly.
Replies: 21
Views: 664
Posted By pdlamb

Figured out this weekend I need to pull my...

Figured out this weekend I need to pull my hydration pack out of well, out of wherever it is now. It's getting too hot to ride more than a couple hours with just a couple of water bottles, and I...
05-26-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 348
Posted By pdlamb

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be...

Maybe it's just telling you your hubs should be repacked more often.
Forum: Commuting
05-21-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, no, ANTI-oxidants with phytochemicals, and...

Oh, no, ANTI-oxidants with phytochemicals, and vegan-friendly protein enriched! :)
05-21-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 256
Posted By pdlamb

Bummer. I'd be tempted to see if a framebuilder...

Bummer. I'd be tempted to see if a framebuilder or welder in your area could fix it, but then you're out $$ and out of recourse if something does happen.

It might help if you gave us a few more...
05-21-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 238
Posted By pdlamb

Hard to beat a manufacturer's...

Hard to beat a manufacturer's recommendation/specification. Time for another BB!
05-21-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 342
Posted By pdlamb

Not every bicycle mechanic knows how to build or...

Not every bicycle mechanic knows how to build or fix wheels. Sounds like the wrench at your shop doesn't, unfortunately. So here's one more vote for "find another shop." If you've got friends who...
05-21-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, goodie, another snake thread! I just...

Oh, goodie, another snake thread!

I just missed a foot and a half rattler last weekend. Lucky for me, it was already roadkill.
05-21-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 802
Posted By pdlamb

I might scan the cover of my passport (the part...

I might scan the cover of my passport (the part that says "United States of America") and send that in... They didn't tell you which part to scan in, now did they?
05-20-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,771
Posted By pdlamb

You're right. I got caught up looking for...

You're right. I got caught up looking for familiar-looking German words and mixed up the two columns. Wonder, though, if the 1030+ will have a micro chip slot like the 1030?
05-20-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 224
Posted By pdlamb

I'd think the time and money to find scarce...

I'd think the time and money to find scarce replacement rings would still present a substantial savings over removing the old coatings and getting them professionally re-coated. Unless, of course,...
05-20-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

I let a chain go too long last year, and had to...

I let a chain go too long last year, and had to replace chain, cassette, AND chainrings.

With that background, if the Park chain checker is showing that kind of uneven wear, I'd replace it. $15...
05-20-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,531
Posted By pdlamb

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every...

Don't forget, comes to a complete stop at every stop sign and never exceeds the speed limit. :D
05-20-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,360
Posted By pdlamb

I'll wipe down the rims with a clean, dry (to...

I'll wipe down the rims with a clean, dry (to start with!) paper towel after a rainy commute, if it's not also too cold. Hard for OP to relate, from LA, I suppose.

I'll also wash the rims when I...
05-20-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,771
Posted By pdlamb

Did I read that right? They cut the internal...

Did I read that right? They cut the internal memory in half and called it "Plus"?

(No wonder I can't buy a jersey by size!)
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,535
Posted By pdlamb

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D

So many that they have their own parking lot! :D
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By pdlamb

Reminds me of fenders. After putting fenders on...

Reminds me of fenders. After putting fenders on two bikes, when I bought my daughter a bike, I had mechanic install the fenders. I thought they surely knew what they were doing, and we'd be out of...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By pdlamb

I was really glad to be westbound out of Chester...

I was really glad to be westbound out of Chester because it was mostly downhill! I suspect that bridge dates back to the WPA. Nice view from the middle of the river, but no place to stop to take a...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 464
Posted By pdlamb

You'd be wasting your breath. The whole country...

You'd be wasting your breath. The whole country has bought into the "screen for fever" theatrical trick (except for 1600 Penna. Ave., where excess tests are sent).

I'd suggest checking before you...
05-18-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,096
Posted By pdlamb

IIRC the return period is 3 years on bicycles. ...

IIRC the return period is 3 years on bicycles. Mine was just over three years old (bought under the old lifetime warranty) when the dropout broke. They replaced it without question, but the chief...
05-18-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 743
Posted By pdlamb

Monthly fee on my plan to use a mobile hotspot,...

Monthly fee on my plan to use a mobile hotspot, plus the chance of a data overage.

I'm old, set in my ways, and cheap, and I've never really needed to use the hotspot. YMMV.
Forum: Commuting
05-18-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By pdlamb

I started using it about once a month with new...

I started using it about once a month with new saddles, gradually tapering off to once or twice a year. The new leather really soaks it up.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By pdlamb

Once you've narrowed the field to tires with wide...

Once you've narrowed the field to tires with wide tires (for bad pavement), reasonably low gearing (for bridges and approaches), plenteous attachment points (for racks and fenders), and reasonably...
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By pdlamb

Don't touch that dial! You don't need to open up...

Don't touch that dial! You don't need to open up a dyno hub, and you don't want to, either! A dyno may feel a bit "notchy" when you first ride one -- mine had what felt like a resonance at 15-17...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 711
Posted By pdlamb

I've been running a Shimano dyno hub (DH3N72 or...

I've been running a Shimano dyno hub (DH3N72 or 80) for eight or nine years now, paired up with a B&M IQ-X, upgraded from an earlier B&M. I've also got a Schmidt SON (previous version) running with...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By pdlamb

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36...

In steel, no less. How do three cogs over 36 teeth each, in steel, weigh less than a 22 or 24 tooth chainring?

And at what cassette count do we need to start worrying about dinging up the...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 384
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. First off, if your workplace has toilets,...

Hmm. First off, if your workplace has toilets, especially a handicap stall, you've got a changing facility.

These covers look like they'd be a sail in any wind, and a drag if you ride at speed. ...
05-13-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 623
Posted By pdlamb

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. ...

My guess is the crank bolt is a smidgen loose. Get an 8 mm hex wrench and, if you can tighten the bolt in the middle of the left crank, do so. It takes a lot of torque to get it right.
05-13-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,100
Posted By pdlamb

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the...

Might be a scratch through the paint down to the carbon fiber underneath, but … I'd certainly take it in and have them take a look. Should be a warranty replacement if it's the crack it looks like.
05-12-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,368
Posted By pdlamb

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in...

Most of the time (excluding peak spring season in the midst of a pandemic, possibly), I think it's reasonable to ask if MSRP includes installation. I've bought a number of parts and supplies that...
05-12-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 542
Posted By pdlamb

Bullfrog gel. Less sun seems to get through than...

Bullfrog gel. Less sun seems to get through than when I use Neutrogena, Blue Lizard, XMart Cheap Brand, or anything else. It spreads well and the alcohol carrier evaporates, so after 5-10 minutes...
05-11-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By pdlamb

I'd say stomach clearance might be the #1...

I'd say stomach clearance might be the #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) problem. Don't buy a bike with bars below seat level. Wheels will take a few hundred...
05-11-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 106
Posted By pdlamb

On my rather large 2009 Randonee with brifters,...

On my rather large 2009 Randonee with brifters, the standard cable fits with an inch or two to spare. With bar-ends, I'd need a tandem cable.

I've not had much luck finding tandem cables locally,...
05-11-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,078
Posted By pdlamb

The pressures the (lite) calculator give are...

The pressures the (lite) calculator give are about the minimum before I notice the tires are squirrely. I'll take another 10-15 psi, please.

Just out of curiosity, how many people regularly stop...
05-11-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By pdlamb

I'll usually pump the tires up on January 1 to...

I'll usually pump the tires up on January 1 to get ready for the first ride of the year.

My wife puts up with bike parts boxes all year. I put up with her craft, clothes, and grandchild boxes,...
05-11-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 310
Posted By pdlamb

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames...

Not necessarily true. I've had two frames replaced, both because of welding issues around the rear dropout. Lifetime warranty was a tour-saver on the second one -- took an extra day to run to the...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 778
Posted By pdlamb

Ditto. I did take the rack off one bike 6-8...

Ditto.

I did take the rack off one bike 6-8 years ago. It was an aluminum rack that came with the bike, and the panniers had rubbed about a third of the way through the struts. New Tubus steel...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,095
Posted By pdlamb

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles...

One thing that's helped me get Brooks saddles adjusted correctly is using two-bolt seatposts. "Lots of adjustments" with a single-bolt seatpost is often a crapshoot; you loosen it enough to adjust...
05-08-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,022
Posted By pdlamb

Three bikes. The first one that came with 32...

Three bikes. The first one that came with 32 spoke wheels has Mavic A321 rims, and carried some 300 pounds across the country. (Took about 10 minutes for the shop in Missoula to touch them up!) ...
05-07-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,007
Posted By pdlamb

Also not a lady, but I bought myself a Brooks...

Also not a lady, but I bought myself a Brooks Flyer before my first tour. My daughter, who rode with me, was having trouble with her saddle, so I put it on her bike.

I never got it back. :(
Forum: Commuting
05-07-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 445
Posted By pdlamb

How many miles? Depends on you and the saddle. ...

How many miles? Depends on you and the saddle. My first B-17 took about 500 miles (a little over a month) to get really comfortable. The Team Pro took over 1,000 miles. Another B-17 took about 75...
05-06-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By pdlamb

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of...

Seeing this thread title (again) reminded me of an interview I heard with Christine Legarde, the European Central Bank head, a while back. She was a synchronized swimmer when she was younger. She...
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