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06-28-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By pdlamb

Those generic cadence/speed sensors? They cost...

Those generic cadence/speed sensors? They cost $30 for two, compared to nearly $40 each for name brand units that are either cadence or speed. At that price I can put cadence on multiple bikes and...
06-28-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,679
Posted By pdlamb

If I were designing a GPS, I'd stick to the GPS...

If I were designing a GPS, I'd stick to the GPS for distance and the barometric altimeter to calculate grade. Gyroscopes or accelerometers are ridiculously complex and expensive to get the desired...
06-28-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 218
Posted By pdlamb

As far as I can tell that recommended rest time...

As far as I can tell that recommended rest time is output from a random number generator.

After the "new toy feature" when I got my 1030 wore off, the rest time isn't one of the things Garmin...
06-28-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 161
Posted By pdlamb

Titanium if it's going to show and you care about...

Titanium if it's going to show and you care about such things. Anything but cardboard will work just as well.
06-28-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 352
Posted By pdlamb

Definitely. In the winter and cooler part of...

Definitely. In the winter and cooler part of shoulder seasons I'll ride out into the wind so it'll blow me home. On warm summer days it's the reverse -- ride out in the morning with the wind and...
06-27-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 739
Posted By pdlamb

50 miles per day is close to average for long...

50 miles per day is close to average for long distance tourists in the U.S.

Riding that much on a short loop would have me headed for the funny farm.
06-27-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 459
Posted By pdlamb

Same as it was before resuming cycling: getting...

Same as it was before resuming cycling: getting out of bed in the morning.
06-27-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 218
Posted By pdlamb

Volume and, since most physiological items are...

Volume and, since most physiological items are about the density of water, weight or mass of poop likely depend on two factors. First is how much you drink during and shortly after exercise. When I...
06-27-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By pdlamb

Don't remember the brand, but after yet another...

Don't remember the brand, but after yet another cadence sensor gave up the ghost I went to Amazon and bought a cheap one. It worked (and continues to work) just as well as the Garmin and Wahoo...
06-23-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 508
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube...

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube that's incompatible with the factory lube/preservative. It's only the high-zoot stuff racers need to minimize chain wattage losses that worry about that,.
06-23-22, 04:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By pdlamb

Linseed oil only on the NDS rear spokes for me. ...

Linseed oil only on the NDS rear spokes for me. It helps as a lubricant when building the wheel, and as it hardens turns into a thread locker. It's only useful in that location because spoke...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By pdlamb

Sometimes it seems pretty random when you feel...

Sometimes it seems pretty random when you feel the altitude and when you don't.

Going west, I had more trouble with Togwotee than I did at Hoosier Pass, despite Hoosier being some 2,000' higher....
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 614
Posted By pdlamb

I was about to suggest using mass transit (like...

I was about to suggest using mass transit (like the locals) if where you're going is too far to walk from where you're staying. Then I saw this list. Maybe you should rent a U-Haul for a day?
...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 614
Posted By pdlamb

I can only recall three places where I was asked...

I can only recall three places where I was asked to leave my bike somewhere other than in my motel/hotel room, and those were nice places with small rooms on the back side of nowhere. And two of...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 394
Posted By pdlamb

I've had good luck with both Shimano and SRAM...

I've had good luck with both Shimano and SRAM cassettes. I'm not too picky, I'll put either a 32 or a 34 on the bike with the 24 small crank, but only a 34 on the one with the 26.

I tried a...
06-16-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,297
Posted By pdlamb

That's probably the stupidest thing I've...

That's probably the stupidest thing I've experienced, as well. When someone has slowed down to holler that at me, I've been known to look very obviously at the side of the road and then, slowly,...
06-16-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 766
Posted By pdlamb

As long as you agree there are potential...

As long as you agree there are potential downsides to deal with if you decide not to use the torque wrench, I can agree to that statement.



Six or seven years ago, I was right where you are now...
06-16-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 766
Posted By pdlamb

You miss my point; I'm not claiming to be a...

You miss my point; I'm not claiming to be a reformed airline baggage handler or inexperienced.

I've been told that if you just cinch the seatpost binder down to where you can't move the saddle...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 5,148
Posted By pdlamb

Yay! The best part of commuting -- the way...

Yay! The best part of commuting -- the way you're in shape for pleasant weekend rides!
06-15-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 598
Posted By pdlamb

I was gun-shy about the Catears being too hot, so...

I was gun-shy about the Catears being too hot, so I got the fuzzy helmet strap wrap instead. Found out that, even sweating lightly, the Elvis-impersonator parts were matted down to the point of...
06-15-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,679
Posted By pdlamb

I'm going to be curious to see how you get to 45...

I'm going to be curious to see how you get to 45 hours on the solar 1040. Is this riding 9-5 multiple days in the Mojave desert without recharging, or riding nonstop sunrise until 2 a.m. day after...
06-15-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 766
Posted By pdlamb

I've overtorqued a seatpost clamp until it broke,...

I've overtorqued a seatpost clamp until it broke, and a stem until it stripped. Those cost about as much to replace as a couple of inexpensive torque wrenches.

I've also undertorqued a crank a...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 623
Posted By pdlamb

I read somewhere that acid-loving plants (think...

I read somewhere that acid-loving plants (think azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias, and blueberries) often need a trace of iron. Since I had cleaned one chain before I measured it, and it was too...
06-15-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 998
Posted By pdlamb

After a commute at 7F I decided that was too...

After a commute at 7F I decided that was too cold, I'd stick to double-digit temperatures on the low end. But I also got a pair of warm tights with a wind-block front. It hasn't equaled that low...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By pdlamb

Weatherwise, I'd expect starting the EE in June...

Weatherwise, I'd expect starting the EE in June might be roughly comparable to starting the TransAm a couple weeks earlier, since you'll be about one state further north crossing the plains.

I'm...
06-14-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 416
Posted By pdlamb

After a long, hot ride it takes me a few days to...

After a long, hot ride it takes me a few days to feel like riding hard again. But you're younger and probably in better shape than I am.

If there's a Vietnamese pho restaurant near you, it's a...
06-14-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 357
Posted By pdlamb

I would be off the bike after a long-ish ride...

I would be off the bike after a long-ish ride Wednesday, except perhaps for an easy ride of an hour or less the following two days. Your coach must think you're phenomenally fit to schedule...
06-14-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By pdlamb

Like Trakhak notes, it's often easier to do the...

Like Trakhak notes, it's often easier to do the high-torque jobs with the bike standing on the floor. Hmm, most of those center around the crank and bottom bracket: pedal removal (and to a lesser...
06-14-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 523
Posted By pdlamb

Old school, look down and see where the chain is...

Old school, look down and see where the chain is on the cassette and the crank.
06-14-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
Posted By pdlamb

This is probably another "It depends" question. ...

This is probably another "It depends" question.

If you're only mildly curious, try to figure out what the ratio is from your rides and Relative Perceived Exhaustion (RPE, and yes, I know that's...
06-14-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 676
Posted By pdlamb

I ride them all. But for some reason the oldest...

I ride them all. But for some reason the oldest and the newest seem to get the most attention.
06-14-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 532
Posted By pdlamb

140 kgf sounds pretty high to me. I'd try to...

140 kgf sounds pretty high to me. I'd try to take it down to 120 kgf tops, 110 would be better.

Non-drive side tension will be what it needs to be to get the dish straight. (That's why some...
06-14-22, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 745
Posted By pdlamb

I agree with Herzlos , just clean the bike up and...

I agree with Herzlos , just clean the bike up and sell it. If that's what you want to do...

Before you sell your current bike, though, you might want to shop around and see what's currently...
06-13-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 576
Posted By pdlamb

I'd take the experimental approach. Take a...

I'd take the experimental approach. Take a series of rides, maybe 1, 5, 10, and 20 miles, come back home and inspect the tires carefully. You'll likely wear off the hardened rubber on the tread...
06-13-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,583
Posted By pdlamb

I've fallen into the Grant Pederson "Wear...

I've fallen into the Grant Pederson "Wear something out" mindset, and kept my bikes running. To paraphrase the old poem, For want of a stem, or a seatpost, or a derailer hanger, or a bottom bracket,...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 807
Posted By pdlamb

That's a respectable commute distance, and a very...

That's a respectable commute distance, and a very respectable time at about 25 km/hr.

Honestly, it's going to be tough to better that performance level. The only thing I can think of that might...
06-13-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By pdlamb

I went with the (insurance covered) distance...

I went with the (insurance covered) distance monofocal lenses; I'd tried varifocal contacts 15 years ago, didn't care for them, and went back to glasses.

Some 6 months later I've got three pairs...
06-08-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 302
Posted By pdlamb

The tape marker is one I use as well. As a...

The tape marker is one I use as well.

As a clyde, I've had problems with seatpost slippage if I didn't have the binder bolt tight enough. I've also broken a bolt by over-tightening (took a trip...
06-08-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 194
Posted By pdlamb

It's probably worth the time to remove and...

It's probably worth the time to remove and regrease the pulleys, though I can't see how that would affect only the right stroke. My next guess would be a hassle; your bottom bracket may be wearing...
06-08-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 698
Posted By pdlamb

I'd slap two sets of Kool-Stop salmon pads on...

I'd slap two sets of Kool-Stop salmon pads on there, wash the bike, lube pivots, and call it good. If that's not enough, change the chain and cassette, replace the cables and housing, and repack the...
06-08-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,863
Posted By pdlamb

tl;dr Has anyone concerned with the question...

tl;dr

Has anyone concerned with the question (not the spelling) brought up buying a supply of brake consumables? I'd think you could get a 30 m roll of brake housing, half a dozen brake cables, a...
06-08-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 728
Posted By pdlamb

Superfeet seem to be widely available. But...

Superfeet seem to be widely available.

But I'd circle back to stiff soles. Way back when I couldn't ride more than about 25 miles without my feet hurting. Asked the bike shop for recommendation,...
06-08-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 634
Posted By pdlamb

As I read the latest research and advice, it all...

As I read the latest research and advice, it all counts. OTOH, if it takes you 4 minutes to ride to the bank, you probably only get 2 minutes of elevated heart rate, so that's half as much...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By pdlamb

The first pair of SKS fenders I put on lasted 16...

The first pair of SKS fenders I put on lasted 16 or 18 years (long enough for SKS to buy the production line).

You want my take on metal fenders? See...
06-08-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 579
Posted By pdlamb

One more vote for Black Bibs. The least...

One more vote for Black Bibs. The least expensive are pretty good, the next step up is so good I've not tried their high-end version. 2XL is a good guess at the size -- like all bike clothes, go up...
06-08-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By pdlamb

"Newish" cassette, chain "looks good"? How new...

"Newish" cassette, chain "looks good"? How new is the cassette, measure what the distance is between 12 links? This sounds like a worn (aka "stretched") chain that's worn the two middle gears of...
06-08-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By pdlamb

You could get an adapter, like ALLEN Tension Bar...

You could get an adapter, like ALLEN Tension Bar Bicycle Cross-Bar Adaptor, Black, One size : Sports & Outdoors (amazon.com) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ELSSZE/?tag=statecyclist-20&th=1). I think...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 5,148
Posted By pdlamb

Not sure how I did it, but I managed to dodge the...

Not sure how I did it, but I managed to dodge the thundershowers (and storms) both ways. Looked iffy this morning, and the clear window I aimed for this afternoon was closing down fast by the time I...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,950
Posted By pdlamb

Worth repeating. My touring bike weighs...

Worth repeating.

My touring bike weighs about 32 pounds, including racks, fenders, pump, saddle bag with spare tube, tire irons and patch kit, and bottle cages. That's about 10 pounds heavier...
06-07-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 361
Posted By pdlamb

I've walked around a moose at the porch. OK, I...

I've walked around a moose at the porch. OK, I walked around the building when the moose was licking salt off the steps, and went in the back door. I'd stay in the car if it had been a bear!

And...
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