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Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 32
Posted By pdlamb

I hadn't heard of an e-ink phone, although my...

I hadn't heard of an e-ink phone, although my family has enjoyed Kindles.

When you get yours, I'd be interested to see what battery life is like if you're using it as a GPS replacement. Reason...
09-17-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

Sure, but if you build the wheel correctly you...

Sure, but if you build the wheel correctly you won't have fatigue from the stress dropping too low, so the correlation between tensile strength and fatigue doesn't matter anyway. No fatigue, no...
09-16-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By pdlamb

On the 800/1030 there was a setting to turn...

On the 800/1030 there was a setting to turn backlight off after a set time (15-30 seconds), but turn it back on when you tapped the screen. Pretty useful IME. I'd expect that survived to the 830...
09-16-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

Tensile strength of spokes is almost completely...

Tensile strength of spokes is almost completely irrelevant. Most spokes that break break from fatigue, IME.
09-16-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 640
Posted By pdlamb

Agreed. There's so many rail trails with so many...

Agreed. There's so many rail trails with so many different surfaces that, as the saying goes, all generalities are incorrect.
09-16-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 835
Posted By pdlamb

Perhaps kerosene and diesel don't fully...

Perhaps kerosene and diesel don't fully evaporate. Aren't those fractions going to be long chain hydrocarbons? And lubricating oils and paraffin, aren't those also long chain hydrocarbons? And...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 388
Posted By pdlamb

Just out of curiosity, are you going to avoid...

Just out of curiosity, are you going to avoid Massachusetts on your way south?
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,804
Posted By pdlamb

IOW, we're crowdsourcing this thing. Please give...

IOW, we're crowdsourcing this thing. Please give us information for free that we'll turn around and re-sell back to you.

I'm more likely just to turn this "feature" off.
09-15-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

I was just trying to figure out how you could do...

I was just trying to figure out how you could do a real world, scientifically defensible, test. It's tough, because even if I weighed the same as my neighbor (the scrawny lightweight) and we used...
09-14-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 382
Posted By pdlamb

I've broken a number of spokes over the years. ...

I've broken a number of spokes over the years. Probably 80% were at the head, with the remaining 20% just above the nipple. (Then I bought a tensiometer, and later started to run out of broken...
09-14-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 630
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a Pedros cable cutter that works well...

I've got a Pedros cable cutter that works well enough. Beats pulling out the Dremel to cut cables and housing.

Of course, perfect is the enemy of good enough. Wonder if anyone can find a Hozan...
09-14-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 332
Posted By pdlamb

Replace it before it blows out. Although if...

Replace it before it blows out.

Although if you don't, you'll get an exciting adrenaline rush when it blows, sounding like a gunshot on your front tire, probably when you're riding through the bad...
09-14-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 194
Posted By pdlamb

Wet lube over wax is fine. Any wax remaining in...

Wet lube over wax is fine. Any wax remaining in the chain will be surrounded by oil and eventually dissolve.

I'm with cyccommute on cleaning before re-waxing. Wipe the chain off well, lay it on...
09-14-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By pdlamb

It depends. How many bikes do you have? ...

It depends.

How many bikes do you have? Where do you live? How are you storing bikes now?

For a single bicycle, I'd recommend a bike cover (with an asterisk). For more than a couple bikes,...
09-13-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,865
Posted By pdlamb

What is the maximum airspeed velocity of an...

What is the maximum airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow in level flight?
09-13-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,865
Posted By pdlamb

What is the maximum airspeed velocity of a common...

What is the maximum airspeed velocity of a common swallow in level flight?
09-13-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By pdlamb

For the 100 years of chained bicycles before...

For the 100 years of chained bicycles before White Lightning was invented, those chains were lubed with various oils. Only nobody called oil a wet weather lubricant, it simply worked and worked...
09-10-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 2,113
Posted By pdlamb

I lost a local legend the other week when...

I lost a local legend the other week when somebody else rode that segment a second time. I'll let it go.
09-10-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By pdlamb

Bad news: I wouldn't expect you to go out and...

Bad news: I wouldn't expect you to go out and ride 50 miles tomorrow.

Good news: Since you were in shape to do that so recently, you'll have some residual fitness. That means, with any luck,...
09-10-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 357
Posted By pdlamb

Is there a way to use the Strava or RidewithGPS...

Is there a way to use the Strava or RidewithGPS app on your phone to develop a route, and download to the Garmin through Bluetooth? (Have to ask, since I turned my Bluetooth on for a couple days...
09-09-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 187
Posted By pdlamb

Mechanical removal (wiping bearings and races...

Mechanical removal (wiping bearings and races clean) gets almost everything off. Dissolve the grease around the the microscopic particles, and they may still stick to the surface. It's not worth...
09-09-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 630
Posted By pdlamb

By all means get yourself a CT-3.x chain tool,...

By all means get yourself a CT-3.x chain tool, and the Shimano cassette lockring tool (FR-5.2). I suspect the 5.2G can be made to work with 12 mm through axles, if you have those, but I haven't...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By pdlamb

Ida was an odd one. Almost stalled over...

Ida was an odd one. Almost stalled over Louisiana and southern Mississippi, then picked up speed and flew up to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We only got a couple inches of rain, and personally lost...
09-08-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,574
Posted By pdlamb

Three answers: -- Eyecrafters: One hour. ...

Three answers:
-- Eyecrafters: One hour. However, when my wife went that route on vacation a while back, she had to get them re-done. Eyecrafters did a free re-do, and then when she was still...
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Posted By pdlamb

Back again with another thought. (Hey, I'm like...

Back again with another thought. (Hey, I'm like Einstein, I thought of it while riding my bicycle! ;)

Bike sizing. If I were the OP, I'd make sure my credit card was ready to buy a new bike...
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Posted By pdlamb

I knew when I wrote that there would be pushback....

I knew when I wrote that there would be pushback. Pete mentioned the climb up from Vesuvius; if my mental math was right then, and my memory is right now, that averaged over 15% grade for three...
Forum: Touring
09-08-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, like the perpetual roadwork in and south of...

Oh, like the perpetual roadwork in and south of Yellowstone? (Except in winter.)
09-07-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 445
Posted By pdlamb

Were you growing up in the 70s and 80s? It took...

Were you growing up in the 70s and 80s? It took you half a century to get here. Do you not remember it??
09-07-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 700
Posted By pdlamb

Hope he inspects his cranks regularly for cracks.

Hope he inspects his cranks regularly for cracks.
09-07-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 786
Posted By pdlamb

007, anyone? Forward and rear-facing 2.25"...

007, anyone? Forward and rear-facing 2.25" rockets to thin the herd of bad drivers?

;)
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Posted By pdlamb

Re: gearing, since OP is planning to ride from...

Re: gearing, since OP is planning to ride from Oregon to about Kansas, I suspect stock gearing on the Fuji will be OK. The young knees of the son should be able to make it up the relatively mild...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By pdlamb

I've passed my cardiologist a couple times on his...

I've passed my cardiologist a couple times on his commute (opposite direction from mine!). Funny thing is, with his backpack on, he doesn't really look like he's riding that (very nice) high-end...
09-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,022
Posted By pdlamb

Of course you're aware that battery life depends...

Of course you're aware that battery life depends strongly on settings. Screen light, in particular, eats up battery life on a GPS just like it does on a cell phone. Set your screen to full...
09-07-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 343
Posted By pdlamb

Did you let the lube dry before you tackled the...

Did you let the lube dry before you tackled the wet sand?
09-07-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By pdlamb

+1 for Dawn and a bucket of water. I've...

+1 for Dawn and a bucket of water.

I've posted this link before, and Lon's method works great:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK3eCu1fPos

Two notes: FIrst, the brush he calls out is still the...
09-07-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 467
Posted By pdlamb

My take is that it really depends on the gravel...

My take is that it really depends on the gravel or dirt roads you'll be riding.

Around my fair city, which under a former mayor really did a fine job of maintaining its streets but now has quite...
09-07-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 5,399
Posted By pdlamb

This. Back when I was in school, I developed...

This.

Back when I was in school, I developed this philosophy (for lab electronics equipment back then, but it still holds in a number of areas). Latest and greatest only if it has something you...
09-03-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,272
Posted By pdlamb

Not always easy to tell. I had one pair that was...

Not always easy to tell. I had one pair that was opaque when I put them on, less so when it was damp from sweat. Wore it to commute to work one day, lady freaked out. Oops, sorry, ma'am.

Do...
09-03-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,597
Posted By pdlamb

When my wife went back to nursing school, they...

When my wife went back to nursing school, they had a couple classes where all the nursing students (mostly female) walked across the street to a large auditorium in the engineering building. Every...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 12,623
Posted By pdlamb

Brr! But in six months that'll become, "This...

Brr! But in six months that'll become, "This morning the temp was 56f degrees. No jacket was needed."
09-03-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By pdlamb

Quick check... SRAM PG-730 7-Speed Cassette...

Quick check...
SRAM PG-730 7-Speed Cassette [00.0000.200.293] at BikeTiresDirect (https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/sram-pg-730-7-speed-cassette?fltr=5978)

Though it says SRAM, it'll work...
09-03-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By pdlamb

Losing tourism income is a powerful incentive for...

Losing tourism income is a powerful incentive for local governments to clean up storm damage.

I'm always surprised how quickly storm damage can be cleaned up. What takes me a day in my yard --...
09-03-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 671
Posted By pdlamb

I'll bite; why would you need to change rim tape...

I'll bite; why would you need to change rim tape to fix a flat on the road? Only time I've needed to replace good cloth tape was when, after too many spoke replacements, the adhesive was gone.
09-02-21, 09:06 AM
09-02-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 596
Posted By pdlamb

I just mashed an Ortlieb down between the cables,...

I just mashed an Ortlieb down between the cables, and it worked well for 10,000 miles or so.

After that I started wondering about really long term interference with the cables (hadn't seen it...
09-02-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 671
Posted By pdlamb

A quick web search for "bicycle tire rim width...

A quick web search for "bicycle tire rim width chart" gives 17-21 mm internal width. It's not critical; I'd be comfortable going a couple mm wider.
09-01-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 333
Posted By pdlamb

With the parts shortages now, your best bet is...

With the parts shortages now, your best bet is probably to take the bike to your nearest bike shop and tell them to fix it. Let them figure out what's available and will fit your bike.

FWIW, I...
09-01-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By pdlamb

I'd go for the "record everything" approach. If...

I'd go for the "record everything" approach. If you don't know, how will the doughnut-and-coffee cop know which one's the right number?
Forum: Touring
09-01-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 823
Posted By pdlamb

I also use the tent and sleeping bag stuff sacks,...

I also use the tent and sleeping bag stuff sacks, and the tent stakes have their own. I've found that after stuffing and loading the sleeping bag (artificial fill for me), I can compress it a bit...
09-01-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By pdlamb

Only flanges I've seen break were a couple of new...

Only flanges I've seen break were a couple of new hubs (<6 month). If they were forged correctly, they'll last a long time.

That said, next time you wash your bike, give the hubs a close look.
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