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09-26-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 445
Posted By pdlamb

Beat me to it.

Beat me to it.
09-26-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 519
Posted By pdlamb

1. Go to the local hardware store, and buy a...

1. Go to the local hardware store, and buy a rattle can of spray paint that's about the color of your bike.

2. Do minimal surface prep and spray spots on the bike, as though you were trying to...
09-23-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 199
Posted By pdlamb

One of the documented side effects of statins is...

One of the documented side effects of statins is an increase in blood glucose level. To decrement glycogen while the precursor blood glucose level is higher? Not likely; perhaps you should request...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 498
Posted By pdlamb

Impossible! Alabama DCNR is certain there's no...

Impossible! Alabama DCNR is certain there's no cougars here! Of course they said that about alligators until the local police posted a picture of one in the middle of a city street, and they said...
09-23-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 169
Posted By pdlamb

I don't generally have problems after a rest day....

I don't generally have problems after a rest day. I normally feel strong and eager, unless it's a rest day after a tough ride (say, a century, brevet, or a long ride on tour into a really nasty...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 436
Posted By pdlamb

The beenie/skullcap is an excellent way to get...

The beenie/skullcap is an excellent way to get cheap, light, extra warmth.
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 498
Posted By pdlamb

I think the steepest grade on the TransAm west of...

I think the steepest grade on the TransAm west of Kansas is only 6-8%; it's a lot steeper than that east of there. So in my book, the advantage to rails trails would be in the Ozarks and...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,442
Posted By pdlamb

Sure it happens! Most every year on my birthday,...

Sure it happens! Most every year on my birthday, for my Birthday Ride. I put it on my calendar, my bosses don't do more than blink, and I enjoy the heck out of riding the bike for many miles!
Forum: Commuting
09-23-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,442
Posted By pdlamb

So you don't commute by bike because you don't...

So you don't commute by bike because you don't want to commute on a bike. Got it.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,874
Posted By pdlamb

I want to hear more about rolling over your...

I want to hear more about rolling over your neighbor's dog!?
Forum: Commuting
09-22-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,442
Posted By pdlamb

Does not follow. I'm about a 25 minute drive...

Does not follow.

I'm about a 25 minute drive from my office, or a 45 minute bike ride. So I spend 40 extra minutes to exercise every day I cycle to work.

Funny thing is, there's this phenomena...
09-22-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 552
Posted By pdlamb

I don't remember who said it: The way to...

I don't remember who said it:

The way to make a small fortune with a bike shop is to start with a large fortune.
09-22-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 387
Posted By pdlamb

Bad news: I've tried shorts from half a dozen...

Bad news: I've tried shorts from half a dozen brands, and all of them have eventually worn to the point of being translucent.

Good news: It's taken longer than a year for all of them to get to...
09-19-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 577
Posted By pdlamb

To put it another way, fixing a 30 year old bike...

To put it another way, fixing a 30 year old bike that's worn out is possible, but it's probably not viable. It was probably worth $100 or so until it broke. If you spend a few hundred dollars to...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 489
Posted By pdlamb

Kind of work would affect my advice. ...

Kind of work would affect my advice. Construction or lawn care? Good luck! Public-facing job or office work? Uh, think about this.

Since you don't seem to recognize or to care about these...
09-16-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 810
Posted By pdlamb

Interesting question. As a sometime tourist and...

Interesting question. As a sometime tourist and randonneur, the answer depends on the length and steepness of the climb. If by attacking I can get to the top, or nearly to the top, before I'm down...
09-16-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 122
Posted By pdlamb

You might declare excess value when checking the...

You might declare excess value when checking the bike and pay for additional insurance. I think that's overkill if you've got a hard case, although some minor damage is possible. It'll probably be...
09-16-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 2,033
Posted By pdlamb

I'll wave them to pass sometimes. For instance,...

I'll wave them to pass sometimes. For instance, coming over a blind hill, being followed 50 feet back by a timid cager, if there's a downhill followed by a quarter mile of straight flat road, waving...
09-15-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 437
Posted By pdlamb

130 kgf sounds high to me. Are you sure your...

130 kgf sounds high to me. Are you sure your rims and hubs can handle that much of a load? I normally aim for 110 +/- 10 kgf for front and drive-side rear spokes.
09-15-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 792
Posted By pdlamb

Gulp. Long story. Back when I had one bike,...

Gulp.

Long story. Back when I had one bike, the rear rim cracked the week before vacation. I went to my LBS, which sold me a cheap, machine-built wheel set (front and rear) for $100. Rode...
09-14-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

This is one area I disagree with Jobst. Back in...

This is one area I disagree with Jobst. Back in the usenet days, he also argued that the tube sticking to the tire will slow a leak caused by an oblique Michelin wire puncture. I've never seen this...
09-14-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 784
Posted By pdlamb

Agree with Frank on this one. You can argue the...

Agree with Frank on this one. You can argue the extra mass of a 260 pound rider gives much more momentum than a 90 pound weakling/climber, but even a clydesdale will notice the additional hysteresis...
09-14-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 792
Posted By pdlamb

Even when I've shifted into the spokes, it takes...

Even when I've shifted into the spokes, it takes weeks to years to break all the affected spokes. After the first break in the middle, it's a good idea to replace all the affected spokes -- saves...
09-14-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 2,033
Posted By pdlamb

It's illegal in my state. That said, I'll get in...

It's illegal in my state. That said, I'll get in the motorized traffic lane if the bike lane seems unsafe; e.g., drainage grate parallel to direction of travel, glass in the lane, etc.

That said,...
09-14-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By pdlamb

Ah, yes. You might try a dishrag with Dawn and...

Ah, yes. You might try a dishrag with Dawn and water to wash away the chocolate and potato chip grease first. ;)
09-14-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,805
Posted By pdlamb

The hardest part for me has been resetting my...

The hardest part for me has been resetting my expectations. The first week was comparatively easy: "Wow, it feels good to be back on the bike! I'll just train and regain my speed and endurance." ...
09-14-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By pdlamb

INCONCEIVABLE!! Everybody who posts on the...

INCONCEIVABLE!! Everybody who posts on the internet knows disc brakes are a panacea for wet weather braking! How dare you post about an actual experience, and one that counters what Everybody...
09-14-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 305
Posted By pdlamb

There's never enough time to do it right, but...

There's never enough time to do it right, but there's always enough time to do it over.

Plus just fixing the bikes that get ridden enough to uncover the shortcomings in initial bike assembly keeps...
Replies: 17
Views: 676
Posted By pdlamb

Agree with unterhausen on staying fueled. ...

Agree with unterhausen on staying fueled.

Per Calsun's point, I don't know about Mallorca weather (any time of the year but particularly in April). It's been said that "hot" is 10 degrees warmer...
09-13-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 737
Posted By pdlamb

I did my first birthday ride at age 50. I've...

I did my first birthday ride at age 50. I've only missed three or four since then, usually for a good reason. Recovering from a heart attack was a good reason, as was this year's staying off the...
09-13-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By pdlamb

The stem should hold whatever preload in on the...

The stem should hold whatever preload in on the fork. I'd worry, though, that if the stem cap unscrewed and fell out then the preload is likely suspect. It's probably worth a trip to the LBS to get...
09-13-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

#1 sounds like a pretty good argument to go...

#1 sounds like a pretty good argument to go tubeless.

Wouldn't #3 blow the tire off before it let the tube rotate on the rim?
09-13-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 305
Posted By pdlamb

How about 16-25,000 miles? Those were on bikes...

How about 16-25,000 miles? Those were on bikes that were ridden in all kinds of weather (commuting and touring). Both cartridge BBs, both "frozen" into frame, both took a month of penetrating oil...
09-13-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 956
Posted By pdlamb

In Kentucky?? I vividly remember the day seven...

In Kentucky?? I vividly remember the day seven hounds from three houses came chasing me on the TransAm. Fortunately for me, while my bike was heavily loaded, I was going downhill so I outran the...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,442
Posted By pdlamb

I don't know why so few of the people I discuss...

I don't know why so few of the people I discuss commuting by bike even give it a moment's consideration. I doubt most of the unfortunates whose ears I bend have any idea either. It's just not the...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 546
Posted By pdlamb

I suspect your 10 miles plus snack ride may be...

I suspect your 10 miles plus snack ride may be more valuable for your long, healthy, cycling-enjoying life than any "big mile" day could have been.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By pdlamb

This "half a commute" approach has worked well...

This "half a commute" approach has worked well for me when adjusting to a longer commute.

$15 a day for a lift? Are you made of money?? I'd save that for the day my car was at home and the...
09-12-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 784
Posted By pdlamb

If you're using stock tires on a gravel bike,...

If you're using stock tires on a gravel bike, they're probably slower than you want for an hour long commute. Try dropping a size or two and get a supple road tire (with adequate tread) in the 32-35...
09-12-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 869
Posted By pdlamb

Back when I had leather and crochet gloves, every...

Back when I had leather and crochet gloves, every month or so was fine.

Now with synthetics and some kind of foam padding, the foam starts stinking early and, once stinky, never seems to get...
09-12-22, 07:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 380
Posted By pdlamb

Gradually increasing your time on the bike may...

Gradually increasing your time on the bike may solve your problem. Yeah, I know, wrong time of year (that sort of thing usually occurs in the spring), and you're so eager to get back on the bike,...
09-09-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 891
Posted By pdlamb

I don't know, man, when it's too cold for shorts...

I don't know, man, when it's too cold for shorts it's hard to find a boat driver and a spotter!

Oh, you meant snow skis? :)
Forum: Touring
09-08-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 426
Posted By pdlamb

I think I remember seeing a spool with perhaps...

I think I remember seeing a spool with perhaps 50' of chain on it. The idea was kind of like chain in a hardware store -- pull off what you need and shorten the (bicycle) chain. Sorry, , but that's...
09-08-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 857
Posted By pdlamb

I'm a cardiac patient*, so I'll be on baby...

I'm a cardiac patient*, so I'll be on baby aspirin for the rest of my life (hopefully a long time!). IIRC those meta-studies concluded the benefits of a daily aspirin are outweighed by the side...
09-08-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 891
Posted By pdlamb

It was cool here this morning -- nice day for a...

It was cool here this morning -- nice day for a ride at 64°F. Almost cool enough for a long sleeve jersey. But I don't normally go to knee warmers or tights until it gets down to about 50°F, though...
09-08-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,360
Posted By pdlamb

Similar to Tolstoy's "All happy families are the...

Similar to Tolstoy's "All happy families are the same. Every unhappy family is unhappy in a different way." For bicycles, all happy rides are the same (at least as far as the chain doesn't break,...
09-08-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,296
Posted By pdlamb

A common saying amongst the engineers I work with...

A common saying amongst the engineers I work with is, "Light, strong, and cheap: pick two." To tweak it a little for the question at hand, you might say "Fast, comfortable, and cheap bike: pick...
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 670
Posted By pdlamb

100 miles, or a cold beer for the guy in the...

100 miles, or a cold beer for the guy in the pickup truck at the gas station on the interstate to take you across the interstate bridge. (Is that cheating?)
09-07-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 570
Posted By pdlamb

Too bad, you fail anyway. Being reasonable on BF...

Too bad, you fail anyway. Being reasonable on BF is being unreasonable! :D
09-07-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 213
Posted By pdlamb

Back when I was a lad, or at least younger, an...

Back when I was a lad, or at least younger, an accessory could be mounted to the bike with whatever was in the accessory's box. I suppose this is an advantage to an integrated cockpit: you have to...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,306
Posted By pdlamb

I almost agree here, particularly for C&O/GAP. ...

I almost agree here, particularly for C&O/GAP. You're not talking about lugging that weight up 10,000 feet of climbing, and the steepest sections are probably near the locks: six feet of climbing?
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