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07-29-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 107
Posted By pdlamb

Campagnolo 9 speed, as you've doubtless noticed,...

Campagnolo 9 speed, as you've doubtless noticed, isn't in production any more and hasn't been for a while. That means you're going to be looking for NOS replacement parts, for which ebay is probably...
07-28-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 154
Posted By pdlamb

5-10 minutes of stretching after a ride prevents...

5-10 minutes of stretching after a ride prevents a lot of aches and pains for me.

YMMV, of course.
07-28-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,226
Posted By pdlamb

You're missing my point, so I probably didn't...

You're missing my point, so I probably didn't explain myself clearly.

If your path is built up, say, 20 feet above the lake, it's possible a GPS track is going to give you a 15' drop on the...
07-28-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 432
Posted By pdlamb

When I found out I was old enough, I'd get the...

When I found out I was old enough, I'd get the stink eye for ordering a "senior coffee." Now when I order coffee at the counter they'll ask me if I want the senior coffee. Is this progress?
07-28-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,226
Posted By pdlamb

Isn't this focus on the fractal nature of a...

Isn't this focus on the fractal nature of a measurement based on sums of ever-more-microscopic measurements is a bit misleading?

Maybe we should turn the question around. Is there a measurement...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 377
Posted By pdlamb

Remember the luggage commercial where the Atlanta...

Remember the luggage commercial where the Atlanta Zoo gorillas were moonlighting as Delta baggage handlers? Their offspring work for the TSA now.

While it may be tempting to pack a sleeping bag...
07-27-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 432
Posted By pdlamb

So your acceptance of advancing age was purchased...

So your acceptance of advancing age was purchased for a handful of change (presumably less than $1)?
07-27-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 240
Posted By pdlamb

With the Garmin sale on the 530 through the end...

With the Garmin sale on the 530 through the end of the month, if the 830 touchscreen was worth an extra $100, is it now worth an extra $150?
07-27-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 246
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure I understand. Some yahoo hit you...

I'm not sure I understand. Some yahoo hit you with a big can and you got a light to make sure he can see you?
07-26-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,226
Posted By pdlamb

Will there be a refresher tutoring session for...

Will there be a refresher tutoring session for those of us who haven't used calculus in a few decades? Or do we need to process a withdrawal from BF? :D
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 667
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. Not an election year, half the political...

Hmm. Not an election year, half the political speech writers are probably out of work... Sounds like one of them found a job putting out press releases for a Rail-Trail?
07-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,548
Posted By pdlamb

If I tried to ride three days without cleaning...

If I tried to ride three days without cleaning one pair of shorts, I'd have saddle sores popping up all under. I'd never make it to the fifth day. (Your bottom may vary.)

What has worked for me:...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,019
Posted By pdlamb

I'll drink tap water over bottled water almost...

I'll drink tap water over bottled water almost everywhere I've been.

If you're staying in small mom 'n' pop places that don't get a lot of business, you can let the water run a few minutes to...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 8,996
Posted By pdlamb

Left early to swing by the office. Way more...

Left early to swing by the office. Way more bicycle commuters near the hospitals than usual this morning, three other ones! Pleasantly cool, and I was surprised by how light traffic was. Summer,...
07-22-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 342
Posted By pdlamb

If it were me, I would NOT copy the drawing and...

If it were me, I would NOT copy the drawing and build another one just like it. The original already failed. So at the very least put some more bulk on the outside of the part where it broke, and...
07-21-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 507
Posted By pdlamb

Color me impressed! I'd have given up on that...

Color me impressed! I'd have given up on that tube.
07-21-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 360
Posted By pdlamb

It's how we used to travel with bikes back when...

It's how we used to travel with bikes back when the family had a station wagon (remember those?).

We tied two bikes up to either side of a kayak for one 1,800 mile vacation; you might be able to...
07-21-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 533
Posted By pdlamb

Depending on the shape of one's body, non-bib...

Depending on the shape of one's body, non-bib shorts may tend to roll down at the waist. Worst case, you feel like you've got a tourniquet below your belly button. Bib shorts don't roll down. If...
07-21-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 507
Posted By pdlamb

That's a higher fuss factor AND probably a better...

That's a higher fuss factor AND probably a better screen than my norm. After patching a batch of tubes, I'll pump them up the next day (or week) until they're visibly inflated, and leave them...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 439
Posted By pdlamb

Dare I ask how far you were pulling the groceries?

Dare I ask how far you were pulling the groceries?
07-21-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 282
Posted By pdlamb

At 240#, I'd aim for 36 and settle for 32 spokes....

At 240#, I'd aim for 36 and settle for 32 spokes. Proper spoke tension and stress relief is the key to wheel longevity.

I'm not sure how a wheel feels sluggish, TBH. Are the tires pumped up...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,049
Posted By pdlamb

If it'll make you happy and you can afford it,...

If it'll make you happy and you can afford it, buy a new bike. Sometimes fun is worth paying for just for its own sake.
07-20-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 507
Posted By pdlamb

I collect half a dozen or so leaking tubes and...

I collect half a dozen or so leaking tubes and make a rainy afternoon out of it.

IME preparation (good sanding around the patch-to-come) is more important than the brand of glue or vulcanizing...
07-20-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 408
Posted By pdlamb

OP, you're on the right track. Besides...

OP, you're on the right track. Besides penetrating oil and a long lever, you'll need patience.

A while back my bike and the spare bike both had problems one spring and summer. The lead mechanic...
07-20-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 3,186
Posted By pdlamb

So you've gained 35 pounds on what you perceive...

So you've gained 35 pounds on what you perceive to be a consistent diet, and you don't want to change how much you eat.

You could try an experiment on yourself. Maintain your current diet, and...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,469
Posted By pdlamb

If the person putting your bike together knows...

If the person putting your bike together knows what he's doing (and that's never guaranteed), tell him what you're doing and he can go over the wheels and make sure they're built correctly (tension...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 8,996
Posted By pdlamb

You still taking scuba gear for the river...

You still taking scuba gear for the river crossings? :)
07-19-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 472
Posted By pdlamb

Linseed oil on rear NDS and front wheel. Rear DS...

Linseed oil on rear NDS and front wheel. Rear DS gets Finish Line Wet because that's usually the chain oil that's in the house, saving me a trip to the garage. That might change when I finish up...
07-19-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,336
Posted By pdlamb

Your LBS has sales? Not "for sale" but "on...

Your LBS has sales? Not "for sale" but "on sale"??
07-19-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By pdlamb

My freshly oiled chain sounds a lot like your...

My freshly oiled chain sounds a lot like your freshly waxed chain. But the oil (lack of) sound stays around longer.
07-19-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 660
Posted By pdlamb

Think of the (minimal) factory lube as your...

Think of the (minimal) factory lube as your secret sauce.

What do I mean by that? Every "wax your chain" advocate adds something, often more than one extra item, to the paraffin (Gulf Wax) for...
07-16-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,407
Posted By pdlamb

Well done, sir. Starting the thread with an open...

Well done, sir. Starting the thread with an open ended question ("over or under?") eventually followed up with "This is the RIGHT way to do it" -- and I fell for it!
07-16-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 546
Posted By pdlamb

Interesting problem, perhaps because I've never...

Interesting problem, perhaps because I've never seen it.

Or maybe the salt microcrystals from my sweat absorb any moisture that might sit on top of my seatpost.

I'd think once a year (perhaps...
07-16-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,429
Posted By pdlamb

You mean beat this horse better than it's already...

You mean beat this horse better than it's already being beaten?
Forum: Touring
07-15-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 167
Posted By pdlamb

The rim will certainly fit, since it's 38 mm...

The rim will certainly fit, since it's 38 mm smaller diameter than the 700C (622 mm) rims on my bike. You may or may not need to unmount one or both tires, depending on what size (and model) you...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

As far as longevity, I've got about 15,000 on the...

As far as longevity, I've got about 15,000 on the SON wheel and 40,000 on the Shimano. Like you, I ride in all kinds of weather (except snow and ice), park in an outbuilding at home and covered bike...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a bike with a SON hub and one with the...

I've got a bike with a SON hub and one with the much less expensive Shimano. I can't honestly tell a difference in hubs -- they both put out about the same power at a decent speed -- but because of...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,049
Posted By pdlamb

Not sure where OP lives and rides, or what the...

Not sure where OP lives and rides, or what the road conditions are there, so that second point is going to be key. I've ridden some urban streets and trails that leave me thinking a gravel bike is...
07-14-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By pdlamb

Better buy some extras and keep them in a cool,...

Better buy some extras and keep them in a cool, dry place if you're planning to keep the bike or shifters more than a few years. Shimano will change the design and orphan the spare parts (again).
07-14-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 628
Posted By pdlamb

Many moons ago I needed new shoes, and the LBS...

Many moons ago I needed new shoes, and the LBS didn't even come close to my size. I ordered three pairs, tried them on, and had to pay shipping for the "not size 49" to return the other two pairs. ...
07-14-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,336
Posted By pdlamb

Curious why people don't buy consumables in...

Curious why people don't buy consumables in advance.

I like being able to fix or replace parts when needed. Not living in a "Prime" city means no one-hour delivery. Having parts on hand saves...
06-29-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,550
Posted By pdlamb

On the twelfth day back on the site, bikeforums...

On the twelfth day back on the site, bikeforums gave to me:
12 brand new chain lubes
11 best clothing threads
10 better tires
9 best gravel bikes
8 sweaty helmets
7 lightest bicycles
6 where...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,105
Posted By pdlamb

The great thing about opinions is that everybody...

The great thing about opinions is that everybody has one. Or more.



Let me count the steps a potential user has to take to use their phone as a GPS:
1. Pick and install an app.. (The right...
06-28-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,143
Posted By pdlamb

Riding from home, about 60 miles from the house,...

Riding from home, about 60 miles from the house, to the start of supported centuries, to the far end of the ride. Then back home.

Farthest from home, drove to Yorktown, VA, then across the...
06-25-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 3,920
Posted By pdlamb

I could make a few guesses, but I really need...

I could make a few guesses, but I really need more information before I can comment intelligently.

When you say you went for a two mile run, how long did that take? 10 minutes of running or...
06-25-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,102
Posted By pdlamb

I keep trying to think up a parallel to...

I keep trying to think up a parallel to Churchill's line about "England and America -- two countries separated by a common language" that would apply here. I can only get as far as "English speakers...
06-25-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By pdlamb

I wouldn't mess around with the freehub until...

I wouldn't mess around with the freehub until you've exhausted other possibilities. I'm with CliffordK, suspect the cassette is worn. Your LBS or a friend may have an 11 tooth sprocket that's...
06-25-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,533
Posted By pdlamb

The big assumption here is that all other things...

The big assumption here is that all other things are equal. Once you start looking carefully, most (not all) tire models start picking up sidewall stiffness as the width increases, usually between...
06-25-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,091
Posted By pdlamb

Whatever.

Whatever.
06-24-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 721
Posted By pdlamb

The most successful tire boot I ever used was a...

The most successful tire boot I ever used was a $5 bill (smallest I had at the time:).

The time I used a $1 bill was like the time I used an energy bar wrapper -- I shortly turned into a...
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