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10-05-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 193
Posted By pdlamb

God's country in the Sequatchie Valley, where my...

God's country in the Sequatchie Valley, where my grandpa grew up.

Was the picture below the Santeetlah Gap sign the Cherohala? If it was, it looks like it's time to repave it!
Forum: Touring
10-05-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 292
Posted By pdlamb

Yes to both. I know the mail's run when I...

Yes to both.

I know the mail's run when I have something in the mailbox, which is usually fundraising for something or other. Keep a trash can near the front door for those, which catches one or...
10-05-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By pdlamb

Ah, yes, I'd forgotten about that. I was ready...

Ah, yes, I'd forgotten about that. I was ready to send my latest GPS (the 530) back after two nights of pfaffing with the darn thing, until the "one more try before I pack it and mail it" took. I...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-22, 01:43 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,376
Posted By pdlamb

Darth: Oh, the horror! :) Sunny ride today...

Darth: Oh, the horror! :)

Sunny ride today with a breeze. (Why does the breeze disappear when the temperature goes over 80F?) I noticed the forested part of the ride was very quiet; I guess...
Forum: Touring
10-05-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

Careful with the sarcasm there. Remember some...

Careful with the sarcasm there. Remember some politician cracked a joke about arming school teachers because a bear might come into a school. Lo and behold, they did!

Bear in school grounds...
Forum: Touring
10-05-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

But would you be willing to limit yourself to a...

But would you be willing to limit yourself to a bike that's geared for a two day tour?

[Edited to add] And would you be willing to limit yourself to gearing that would have you spin out below 20...
Forum: Touring
10-05-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

Interesting take, though I disagree with it. ...

Interesting take, though I disagree with it.

I'm not sure where you find flat ground on a tour, and what about wind? Seems to me like most of my touring is climbing or descending. 5% downhill or...
10-05-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 230
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like you're more concerned with the...

Sounds like you're more concerned with the aerosol than the Teflon.
Forum: Touring
10-04-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 391
Posted By pdlamb

28x34 will give you one lower gear than what...

28x34 will give you one lower gear than what you've got now. It shouldn't be much of an issue to change the 28 chainring out for a 24, which gives you a lowest gear about 1.5 "gears" lower. That...
10-04-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 230
Posted By pdlamb

I doubt the solid lubricant expires. But that...

I doubt the solid lubricant expires. But that leaves the carrier drying up (especially over several years), and the possibility you've got some dirt, grit, or sand in the chain. A suspension of dry...
10-04-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 856
Posted By pdlamb

Most passing motorists who yell something at me...

Most passing motorists who yell something at me sound like they're saying, "I'M SOO STUUUUUPIIDD!"
10-04-22, 11:58 AM
10-04-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,398
Posted By pdlamb

It's what I expect of bike lanes -- which is one...

It's what I expect of bike lanes -- which is one of the reasons I don't care for them. We've got one lane on a bike route that ends like your bottom picture, except the sign says "Bike route ends"...
10-04-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

It was cause for some jocularity in the chemistry...

It was cause for some jocularity in the chemistry department when I was an undergraduate, and Chemical and Engineering News (the weekly put out by the American Chemical Society) had a note about it. ...
10-03-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

Back of the envelope calculation: For a 2...

Back of the envelope calculation:

For a 2 liter bladder, there's 2,000 ml of water in it. To get 1 part per thousand, you'd need 2 g of chlorine (Cl). IIRC from my chemistry courses, ordinary...
10-03-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 203
Posted By pdlamb

If it's some sort of plastic stuff, there might...

If it's some sort of plastic stuff, there might be a problem with the "tape." Cloth tape, you don't need to worry about the edge hardening or cracking. I've only had to replace one Velox rim tape...
10-03-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

Walked right into that one!

Walked right into that one!
10-03-22, 07:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

If you've got mold in the tube, a combination of...

If you've got mold in the tube, a combination of bleach solution and tube brush may be needed. I'd think about a quick rinse, followed by scrubbing with the brush, then coil the tube up and soak it...
Forum: Touring
10-03-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By pdlamb

The turn I missed on the TransAm was east of...

The turn I missed on the TransAm was east of Berea. Didn't know where I was then, surely don't know now. :) It was a "turn right on unsigned (such and such) road." I'd probably have circled back...
Forum: Touring
09-30-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By pdlamb

I'm afraid we're past the age of "peak paper." ...

I'm afraid we're past the age of "peak paper." ACA is ginning up more routes, but apparently paper maps aren't sustainable (profitable) any more. Though I haven't bought any .gpx or their...
09-30-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By pdlamb

Rwgps has a few more bells and whistles, but you...

Rwgps has a few more bells and whistles, but you can create a route on the free Garmin Connect page. Or, probably, anything else that will give you a .gpx or .fit file.
09-30-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,351
Posted By pdlamb

You did catch that this wasn't posted in the Over...

You did catch that this wasn't posted in the Over 50 forum, right? ;)
Forum: Touring
09-30-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By pdlamb

I cut them some slack on the spam attacks. It's...

I cut them some slack on the spam attacks. It's all too easy to sign up and post 30 spam messages overnight, when the small staff has gone home (or on a bike ride). They've been pretty good about...
09-30-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 944
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like anti-exercise medical advice from 50...

Sounds like anti-exercise medical advice from 50 years ago: You only have so many heartbeats in your lifetime, so don't use them all up exercising...
09-29-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By pdlamb

FWIW, my understanding is that an occasional skip...

FWIW, my understanding is that an occasional skip or extra beat is nothing to worry about. Episodic spasms are bad, and they'll probably show up clearly on a long record. (What does your doctor...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 458
Posted By pdlamb

You could use ordinary pants with ankle bands to...

You could use ordinary pants with ankle bands to constrain the cuffs.

I got over being shy 15 years (or more) ago, so polypro tights for me. At least I don't have the skin gap showing between...
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By pdlamb

I've got an older Cygolite that I've used for...

I've got an older Cygolite that I've used for commuting and longer brevets, with a helmet mount. My dyno lights are fine for most rural riding, and I can turn it on steady or flashing to see street...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 248
Posted By pdlamb

If you want it; if you can afford it; if you have...

If you want it; if you can afford it; if you have a place to store it; if any partner you may have won't kick you out of the house for buying it...

Sure, go ahead!
09-29-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By pdlamb

What are you using as the head unit for the...

What are you using as the head unit for the Wahoo? Straight recording is easy if you're recording a ride on a GPS. You can zoom in on a fairly short period of high heart rate (like AFib), though I...
09-29-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By pdlamb

I went to the 530 when a touch-screen quadrant on...

I went to the 530 when a touch-screen quadrant on my 800 gave out. Works well for gloved, cold-weather riding. It may take a few weeks to figure out the pattern of the buttons, though.
09-29-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 316
Posted By pdlamb

I always wonder how the people who claim to be...

I always wonder how the people who claim to be able to fix a flat in 92 seconds flat find and correct the cause of the flat. Outside of a very few flats (lumber staple or drywall screw still stuck...
Replies: 23
Views: 604
Posted By pdlamb

I don't get it. You want to ride the same 1200...

I don't get it. You want to ride the same 1200 km route at the same time 5,000 other people are riding it because you don't want to eat and sleep with everyone else??
09-28-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,398
Posted By pdlamb

That's state law here, too, except they don't...

That's state law here, too, except they don't have the blocked lane exclusion. I've only been harassed here once by a cop; naturally, there was no bike lane. I quoted the vehicle code to him and he...
09-28-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By pdlamb

Careful here. Remember the early AOL/Compuserve...

Careful here. Remember the early AOL/Compuserve days, when a few A-holes tried to sue both the services and other people who posted advice because it didn't work for them? IIRC they claimed that they...
09-28-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 316
Posted By pdlamb

Similar to glueful (?) patches. Tubes are...

Similar to glueful (?) patches. Tubes are produced with an outer layer that keeps them from adhering to the tooling. That mold release layer also keeps anything else from sticking. You have to...
09-28-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,398
Posted By pdlamb

I agree, not all bike lanes are that bad. The...

I agree, not all bike lanes are that bad. The problem is that some are (and a few are arguably worse). And that makes intelligent conversation about bike lanes impossible when someone uses broad...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 289
Posted By pdlamb

Interesting question, though I'm never as...

Interesting question, though I'm never as stressed about going to or from work as I am about outriding a dog (or a pack of 'em). I've only ever seen a bear in front of me on a bike, and I stopped...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 8,376
Posted By pdlamb

Nice day for a commute, now that the summer heat...

Nice day for a commute, now that the summer heat has broken. Not many songbirds along the way, though there were a few goldfinches enjoying the goldenrod. (Achoo!)

Thought I'd try to get close...
09-27-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 316
Posted By pdlamb

I don't ride tires that wide or at that low...

I don't ride tires that wide or at that low pressure, so treat this as speculation.

The best success I've had with glueless patches has been with tubes close to the tire size (no 22-35 tubes in a...
09-27-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,398
Posted By pdlamb

That's why I ride in the traffic lane a block to...

That's why I ride in the traffic lane a block to either side of that street.
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,070
Posted By pdlamb

Well, that might help a bit. But for the idea of...

Well, that might help a bit. But for the idea of riding rail-trails across the country, and shuttling between those trails, that seems like a minor gain at best. Seems like you'd substitute setting...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,070
Posted By pdlamb

Logistics may be simpler if you just bite the...

Logistics may be simpler if you just bite the bullet and start riding across the country.

OTOH, I've been trying to figure out how to cycle the New River Trail in Virginia. Problem is, it's a...
Forum: Touring
09-27-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By pdlamb

Touring bikes have been a low production run item...

Touring bikes have been a low production run item for many years, so it's not much of a surprise that they're not available from the manufacturer in the fall. Check back in March or April.

But is...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,297
Posted By pdlamb

Only paved roads where you live and work are...

Only paved roads where you live and work are highways? No suburban streets or back alleys? No handicap stalls at your work so you can't clean up with baby wipes and change? I think I'd move and/or...
09-26-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By pdlamb

Eh, not trying to be difficult, but a couple...

Eh, not trying to be difficult, but a couple thousand miles isn't much of a check. Check back in 10 years maybe?
09-26-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,398
Posted By pdlamb

Here in the real world where I live, there's only...

Here in the real world where I live, there's only two protected bike lanes in town. One of them has 17 driveways and cross streets in three blocks. Cyclists have stop signs at every driveway, and...
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 858
Posted By pdlamb

IME the opposite is true. You can hear a...

IME the opposite is true. You can hear a squirrel from a good ways off. A racoon or skunk will scratch around enough that you know it's there. A herd of deer walking through a campground barely...
Replies: 9
Views: 263
Posted By pdlamb

I wouldn't try changing bike fit this drastically...

I wouldn't try changing bike fit this drastically for a single ride. If you think you want the bars closer or higher, change the stem now and see how it works in ordinary riding. If it's OK, keep...
09-26-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,334
Posted By pdlamb

True of most rides. Sometimes it's extreme. ...

True of most rides. Sometimes it's extreme. Registration three months in advance for my local century was $40, going up to $70 in the last week IIRC.
Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,070
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, like the Adventure Cycling route. Routes. ...

Oh, like the Adventure Cycling route. Routes. But those go over mountains and ridges, and there are motorized vehicles on those roads, so they're obviously inferior to rail-trails. [/sarcasm]
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