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Forum: Touring
09-20-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,790
Posted By pdlamb

The Ortlieb mount takes up about 6" of handlebar...

The Ortlieb mount takes up about 6" of handlebar space, including the hole in the middle for the stem. My Garmin mounts go right outside the Ortlieb mounts.

My Ortlieb hb bag is an older model,...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By pdlamb

This question might be answered better if it were...

This question might be answered better if it were posted in Living Car Free, even though you're only talking about car light.

If you're grocery shopping once a week, I'd suggest driving the one...
09-20-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,436
Posted By pdlamb

That'd be a waste of good tequila, and bad...

That'd be a waste of good tequila, and bad tequila is more than half water, so it wouldn't dissolve much grease.
09-20-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 624
Posted By pdlamb

Impressive! I've dropped and jammed chains, but...

Impressive! I've dropped and jammed chains, but I don't ever remember bending one like that.



Fixing that would take a good bit of surgery. First, I see the bend, but I'm not sure it's...
09-20-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 863
Posted By pdlamb

You beat me to it. I was going to say, "Bike...

You beat me to it. I was going to say, "Bike shortage? Not in my garage!"
09-17-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 755
Posted By pdlamb

I'd never heard of "Absolute Black Graphenwax" so...

I'd never heard of "Absolute Black Graphenwax" so I searched for it. I don't think I've ever had my snake oil detector go off quite so hard or so fast.

First off, paraffin wax coming from a...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 350
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: 23
Views: 625
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: 8
Views: 254
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: 23
Views: 625
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: 50
Views: 1,633
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: 96
Views: 2,436
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: 19
Views: 680
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: 2,127
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: 23
Views: 625
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: 16
Views: 481
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: 701
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: 23
Views: 524
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: 222
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: 26
Views: 905
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: 4,376
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: 4,376
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: 315
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: 142
Views: 2,781
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: 19
Views: 591
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: 406
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: 203
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: 701
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: 207
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: 61
Views: 4,677
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: 1,182
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: 1,182
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: 1,182
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: 28
Views: 712
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: 754
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: 811
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: 1,182
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: 623
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: 38
Views: 1,146
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: 366
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: 506
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: 482
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: 5,593
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: 2,345
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: 2,650
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: 282
Views: 13,120
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: 291
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: 276
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: 699
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
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