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Forum: Touring
05-20-24, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 537
Posted By pdlamb

Crazy talk ahead: Now that you have a bike,...

Crazy talk ahead:

Now that you have a bike, have you thought about expanding your commute range by cycling to find a better paying job? Even if it's only 5-10 miles each way, doing that twice a...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-24, 09:13 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,287
Posted By pdlamb

Cool, clear morning ride. At least it was cool...

Cool, clear morning ride. At least it was cool while I was rolling -- as soon as I stopped I was drenched in sweat and took an hour to cool down. Fascinating where the cicadas are singing and where...
05-16-24, 07:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 829
Posted By pdlamb

Slightly better deformation, so trivially lower...

Slightly better deformation, so trivially lower drag.

Slightly lower weight. Some of the most expensive weight reduction available in the bicycle world.

I think I recall seeing a marketing...
Forum: Touring
05-16-24, 06:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,261
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, Ortliebs are pricey to buy. But I'm still...

Yes, Ortliebs are pricey to buy. But I'm still using some I bought around 2007 for commuting, after one long tour and a few shorter ones. If you can get them at 20% off, it'll be hard to beat.
05-15-24, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By pdlamb

I'm having trouble deciding whether to laugh at...

I'm having trouble deciding whether to laugh at your misfortune or to offer my sympathies.

[chuckle]

Do you think additional practice or training might improve your riding through that spot, or...
05-13-24, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,276
Posted By pdlamb

On the other side, how long do you chant, "I...

On the other side, how long do you chant, "I thought I could?"
Forum: Commuting
05-10-24, 12:14 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,287
Posted By pdlamb

Back on the bike after a storm the other day. ...

Back on the bike after a storm the other day. Lots of trees still down; fortunately, the utilities company took responsibility for the tree that took out my power line (and internet!), but there's...
05-09-24, 03:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 513
Posted By pdlamb

Even though I've been riding, this winter has...

Even though I've been riding, this winter has been hard on my knees. I've found that climbing stairs is painful when I get to work, better after my shower, and usually not a problem thereafter for...
05-07-24, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By pdlamb

I normally wear my tires down before they start...

I normally wear my tires down before they start looking like this.

That said, looks like those little cracks will grab every bit of grit, broken glass, and wire on the road, and hold them until...
05-07-24, 07:19 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 5,508
Posted By pdlamb

Now I grant you, my first exposure to...

Now I grant you, my first exposure to thermodynamics was in P. chem. But there "heat" meant the thermal energy contained in a unit of matter. Under that definition, it's quite possible to transfer...
05-06-24, 12:46 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,542
Posted By pdlamb

If we made this topic a FAQ, what would we talk...

If we made this topic a FAQ, what would we talk about every other week?

FWIW, I'm a former chain waxer. I couldn't tell that it made my chains last longer, I couldn't tell that there was less...
05-06-24, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By pdlamb

Long-winded answer: In my case, I've got to...

Long-winded answer: In my case, I've got to cross some lawn to get my bike from the back of the garage to the street. That means I'm dragging it through tall grass (until I get around to mowing...
05-03-24, 09:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,411
Posted By pdlamb

Don't forget the knee pads, unless you're lifting...

Don't forget the knee pads, unless you're lifting the bike up onto a car rack or repair stand!
Forum: Commuting
05-01-24, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By pdlamb

About three fewer than I had last fall, plus two...

About three fewer than I had last fall, plus two new ones, so net one less. Seems funny that cycling jerseys wear like iron and last forever, but shorts wear to see-through.

Oh, you want a...
04-30-24, 03:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,553
Posted By pdlamb

At 1000 TSS, I'd think the rest of 24 hours,...

At 1000 TSS, I'd think the rest of 24 hours, between getting off the bike one day and back on the next, would comprise "the middle of the night" for me!
04-30-24, 03:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 16,739
Posted By pdlamb

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Bring this thread back to life!
04-30-24, 03:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,942
Posted By pdlamb

Unless you care, why post in this thread?

Unless you care, why post in this thread?
04-30-24, 03:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,942
Posted By pdlamb

I'd think Logan Pass in Glacier NP would be even...

I'd think Logan Pass in Glacier NP would be even better as an illustration; gotta get up and down before the "no bikes" rule kicks in.
Forum: Commuting
04-30-24, 12:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,010
Posted By pdlamb

This might be addressed better in the Touring...

This might be addressed better in the Touring section than Commuting.
04-30-24, 09:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By pdlamb

I think the onus is on O.P. to either tell us why...

I think the onus is on O.P. to either tell us why he wants a new gravel bike, or to pick one.

If this is to be a "check out gravel biking" and money is a potential issue, buy the cheaper bike. If...
04-30-24, 07:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,553
Posted By pdlamb

I think there might be an analogy here to the...

I think there might be an analogy here to the famous saying (was it Eisenhower?), "Plans are nothing; planning is everything."

Exercise is nothing; it doesn't lead to weight loss. (Except...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-24, 09:02 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,287
Posted By pdlamb

Got a late start today, with the result that I...

Got a late start today, with the result that I didn't have time to cool down before my shower. Sob. Such is the life of a first world bicycle commuter.

About 70F with a decent breeze on the way...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-24, 07:59 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,949
Posted By pdlamb

Oof. My first 10-speed had literally 10 speeds,...

Oof. My first 10-speed had literally 10 speeds, 5 cogs in the back and a 52-39 double up front. I rode it all over town, including some insanely steep hills that RWGPS says are 6% and 9% -- I think...
04-25-24, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 957
Posted By pdlamb

I've also kept short notes for years, with a...

I've also kept short notes for years, with a dozen or more engagement calendars on my bookshelf. What brought this on, for me, was realizing that so many rides aren't worth posting in the "How was...
04-24-24, 07:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,728
Posted By pdlamb

Pulled from roadbikerider: ...

Pulled from roadbikerider:

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04-23-24, 03:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,053
Posted By pdlamb

Some years back, I was tasked with collecting...

Some years back, I was tasked with collecting "lessons learned" (an institutional requirement). One co-worker told me, "I never say something was a lesson learned. It may have been a lesson...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-24, 01:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 839
Posted By pdlamb

I keep my shower supplies (flip-flops, soap and...

I keep my shower supplies (flip-flops, soap and shampoo, etc.) at my cube. When I get to work, I transfer clothes over to my gym bag, take off cycling shoes, and check my overnight emails. That...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-24, 08:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 974
Posted By pdlamb

I've never left my lock on a public street or...

I've never left my lock on a public street or bike rack, but I've left it on racks associated with my work buildings for 15 years. I like RangerTampa's idea of moving it around. No guarantees, but...
04-17-24, 07:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,041
Posted By pdlamb

Do you want worst case, or likely response? The...

Do you want worst case, or likely response? The fact that doctors prescribe the stuff tells me it's worse than not taking it for the relevant condition (high blood glucose). So you're looking for...
04-16-24, 02:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,041
Posted By pdlamb

Perhaps some day I'll understand why people go to...

Perhaps some day I'll understand why people go to a medical professional, someone with 5-12 years of specialized training, for medical care. Then when they get home, they get online and splash, "Why...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-24, 09:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 743
Posted By pdlamb

Or "Bless your heart!"

Or "Bless your heart!"
Forum: Commuting
04-16-24, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 656
Posted By pdlamb

I'll usually watch the weather radar starting...

I'll usually watch the weather radar starting around 3:00, and shift my ride time if necessary. (Yes, I'm very lucky to be able to do that!) A few screw-ups, where that "45 minute" window turns out...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-24, 08:54 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,287
Posted By pdlamb

Nice day for a bike ride. Too bad it ended up at...

Nice day for a bike ride. Too bad it ended up at work. :/

We've had some crazy weather lately; wind gusts over 40 mph kept me huddling inside last week, and on a weekend ride, the forecasters...
Forum: Touring
04-11-24, 03:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,674
Posted By pdlamb

Zero days are an interesting. A few days off...

Zero days are an interesting. A few days off I've done something "interesting" like going whitewater rafting, or doing a day hike. The next day was hard after those zero days -- they weren't all...
04-10-24, 06:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By pdlamb

Put the magnet lower on the fork, nearer to the...

Put the magnet lower on the fork, nearer to the hub, where the fork-spoke distance is lower. I've never bothered to measure the bar-magnet distance, but 27" should let you get way down on the fork...
04-10-24, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By pdlamb

Almost any pump head, except for my Presta-only...

Almost any pump head, except for my Presta-only Hiro head. But yeah, stick a needle in the Shraeder head and pump away!
Forum: Commuting
04-09-24, 03:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,616
Posted By pdlamb

Is it safe to leave a car parked at work...

Is it safe to leave a car parked at work overnight? If so, I'd be thinking about driving in with the bike, riding home, then reversing the process the next day.

I used to do a 50 mile rt commute...
04-01-24, 03:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,207
Posted By pdlamb

I've had better luck with the "expensive" 3M...

I've had better luck with the "expensive" 3M electrical tape than no-name hardware store tape. And though I don't usually go for the tapered tension Eric M advocated, it might work. The key, IME,...
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 09:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,893
Posted By pdlamb

I can't imagine changing from what's worked for...

I can't imagine changing from what's worked for you. Why do you want to do that?

To answer your direct question, all my bikes, and therefore all my riding, have clipless (MTB) pedals. I accept...
04-01-24, 08:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By pdlamb

And of course there's the bike shop owner's...

And of course there's the bike shop owner's lament. How do you make a small fortune running a bike shop? Start with a large fortune.
Forum: Touring
03-29-24, 08:27 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,161
Posted By pdlamb

Well, the mouse had hair, so I reckon you can...

Well, the mouse had hair, so I reckon you can split some of them. :)
Forum: Commuting
03-28-24, 02:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,576
Posted By pdlamb

Under cube desk: gym bag with flip-flops for...

Under cube desk: gym bag with flip-flops for shower, soap, shampoo, hanger (for work clothes while showering, and bike clothes during the day), lock, and athletes foot cream. Dress shoes.
...
Forum: Touring
03-28-24, 02:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,161
Posted By pdlamb

Problem with that is that the insulation value of...

Problem with that is that the insulation value of a mil or two of nylon and polyurethane is pretty close to nil. The temperature gradient (not the temperature difference) is the other factor in heat...
03-27-24, 07:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,721
Posted By pdlamb

I bought the Park on sale for $40, IIRC. Paid...

I bought the Park on sale for $40, IIRC. Paid for itself within a year, at the rate I'd been paying $20 for each spoke replaced at my LBS with truing.

As zandoval notes, you can get a knock-off...
Forum: Touring
03-26-24, 10:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,161
Posted By pdlamb

It won't make much difference for warmth, but I...

It won't make much difference for warmth, but I think the right size for a tent is N+!, where N is the number of occupants.

That extra room is really useful if it rains overnight (do you want to...
03-25-24, 03:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,705
Posted By pdlamb

Good day to start your next bike tour? If...

Good day to start your next bike tour?

If you can find some old-fashioned GoJo, you can try rubbing that into the grease and then washing the cover. I don't know if the orange pumice stuff will...
03-25-24, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,119
Posted By pdlamb

If you need to buy a bike, go ahead and do it....

If you need to buy a bike, go ahead and do it. Since the weather is (or is about to) turn warmer, there's no since playing pricing games when you could be riding your new bike.

If you just want to...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-24, 09:36 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,949
Posted By pdlamb

In a small town like Strawbunyan is riding, I'd...

In a small town like Strawbunyan is riding, I'd be more worried about being visible first, and second watch for left cross/right cross. A bright jersey or jacket is far more visible in sunshine than...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-24, 09:33 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,287
Posted By pdlamb

Spring in the south (sigh). A couple days ago it...

Spring in the south (sigh). A couple days ago it was warm and there were meadowlarks singing in the fields. Frost this morning, and the meadowlarks were either shivering too hard to sing or and...
03-15-24, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By pdlamb

It just might work. And if you stop and buy a...

It just might work. And if you stop and buy a lottery ticket, you just might win and be able to replace the roof, the rack, and your bike.

By my estimation, the former is twice as likely as the...
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