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09-29-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 130
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: 5
Views: 75
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: 2
Views: 54
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: 3
Views: 68
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: 5
Views: 130
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: 1
Views: 94
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: 293
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: 13
Views: 243
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: 161
Views: 2,804
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: 5
Views: 197
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: 293
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: 161
Views: 2,804
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: 211
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: 229
Views: 8,149
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: 293
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: 161
Views: 2,804
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: 888
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: 888
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: 259
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: 77
Views: 1,734
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: 251
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: 161
Views: 2,804
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: 801
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: 208
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: 1,237
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: 888
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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09-26-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

I've been doing this for years, albeit...

I've been doing this for years, albeit inadvertently. Wore out a rim, rebuilt the wheel with a new one, and didn't notice the new rim was drilled for Shrader. If I'd noticed, I'd have put on a...
09-26-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,237
Posted By pdlamb

Beat me to it.

Beat me to it.
09-26-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 2,094
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: 8
Views: 287
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: 37
Views: 888
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: 9
Views: 222
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: 53
Views: 801
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: 37
Views: 888
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: 77
Views: 1,734
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: 77
Views: 1,734
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: 229
Views: 8,149
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: 77
Views: 1,734
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: 22
Views: 629
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: 23
Views: 450
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: 31
Views: 764
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: 520
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: 36
Views: 913
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: 125
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: 161
Views: 2,804
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: 446
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: 55
Views: 974
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: 33
Views: 708
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: 809
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: 55
Views: 974
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...
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