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07-28-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 213
Posted By pdlamb

5-10 minutes of stretching after a ride prevents...

5-10 minutes of stretching after a ride prevents a lot of aches and pains for me.

YMMV, of course.
07-28-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 450
Posted By pdlamb

When I found out I was old enough, I'd get the...

When I found out I was old enough, I'd get the stink eye for ordering a "senior coffee." Now when I order coffee at the counter they'll ask me if I want the senior coffee. Is this progress?
07-26-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,234
Posted By pdlamb

Will there be a refresher tutoring session for...

Will there be a refresher tutoring session for those of us who haven't used calculus in a few decades? Or do we need to process a withdrawal from BF? :D
07-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,572
Posted By pdlamb

If I tried to ride three days without cleaning...

If I tried to ride three days without cleaning one pair of shorts, I'd have saddle sores popping up all under. I'd never make it to the fifth day. (Your bottom may vary.)

What has worked for me:...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,058
Posted By pdlamb

I'll drink tap water over bottled water almost...

I'll drink tap water over bottled water almost everywhere I've been.

If you're staying in small mom 'n' pop places that don't get a lot of business, you can let the water run a few minutes to...
07-21-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 535
Posted By pdlamb

Depending on the shape of one's body, non-bib...

Depending on the shape of one's body, non-bib shorts may tend to roll down at the waist. Worst case, you feel like you've got a tourniquet below your belly button. Bib shorts don't roll down. If...
07-20-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 510
Posted By pdlamb

I collect half a dozen or so leaking tubes and...

I collect half a dozen or so leaking tubes and make a rainy afternoon out of it.

IME preparation (good sanding around the patch-to-come) is more important than the brand of glue or vulcanizing...
07-20-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 408
Posted By pdlamb

OP, you're on the right track. Besides...

OP, you're on the right track. Besides penetrating oil and a long lever, you'll need patience.

A while back my bike and the spare bike both had problems one spring and summer. The lead mechanic...
07-20-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 3,637
Posted By pdlamb

So you've gained 35 pounds on what you perceive...

So you've gained 35 pounds on what you perceive to be a consistent diet, and you don't want to change how much you eat.

You could try an experiment on yourself. Maintain your current diet, and...
07-19-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 660
Posted By pdlamb

Think of the (minimal) factory lube as your...

Think of the (minimal) factory lube as your secret sauce.

What do I mean by that? Every "wax your chain" advocate adds something, often more than one extra item, to the paraffin (Gulf Wax) for...
07-16-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,407
Posted By pdlamb

Well done, sir. Starting the thread with an open...

Well done, sir. Starting the thread with an open ended question ("over or under?") eventually followed up with "This is the RIGHT way to do it" -- and I fell for it!
07-16-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,432
Posted By pdlamb

You mean beat this horse better than it's already...

You mean beat this horse better than it's already being beaten?
Forum: Commuting
07-15-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 650
Posted By pdlamb

As far as longevity, I've got about 15,000 on the...

As far as longevity, I've got about 15,000 on the SON wheel and 40,000 on the Shimano. Like you, I ride in all kinds of weather (except snow and ice), park in an outbuilding at home and covered bike...
07-14-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By pdlamb

Better buy some extras and keep them in a cool,...

Better buy some extras and keep them in a cool, dry place if you're planning to keep the bike or shifters more than a few years. Shimano will change the design and orphan the spare parts (again).
06-29-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,552
Posted By pdlamb

On the twelfth day back on the site, bikeforums...

On the twelfth day back on the site, bikeforums gave to me:
12 brand new chain lubes
11 best clothing threads
10 better tires
9 best gravel bikes
8 sweaty helmets
7 lightest bicycles
6 where...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
Posted By pdlamb

The great thing about opinions is that everybody...

The great thing about opinions is that everybody has one. Or more.



Let me count the steps a potential user has to take to use their phone as a GPS:
1. Pick and install an app.. (The right...
06-24-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 722
Posted By pdlamb

The most successful tire boot I ever used was a...

The most successful tire boot I ever used was a $5 bill (smallest I had at the time:).

The time I used a $1 bill was like the time I used an energy bar wrapper -- I shortly turned into a...
06-23-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,489
Posted By pdlamb

Fenders help keep the bottles (and the bike and...

Fenders help keep the bottles (and the bike and the rider) clean.
06-23-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,429
Posted By pdlamb

Bottom bracket is one of those things you'll...

Bottom bracket is one of those things you'll never notice (until it wears out). It's not like a saddle, tires, or bar tape. Ride it until you have to replace it.

Note that you'll need to replace...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
Posted By pdlamb

Paper map, zip-lock baggie, get a couple binder...

Paper map, zip-lock baggie, get a couple binder clips to wrap around shifter or brake cables to hold the baggie. Gallon bag folded over will hold at least 8.5" wide paper.
06-21-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,234
Posted By pdlamb

How do you keep those old bikes running?

How do you keep those old bikes running?
06-17-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,407
Posted By pdlamb

As a practical matter, I've had to get a helmet...

As a practical matter, I've had to get a helmet off my head as quickly as possible because a stinging insect flew into the vent (more than once); and I'm blind without glasses. Don't want to get...
06-16-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,133
Posted By pdlamb

Started when I was 50, it gets harder every year!

Started when I was 50, it gets harder every year!
06-16-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 802
Posted By pdlamb

??? I hope the salt spoon is a small one!

??? I hope the salt spoon is a small one!
06-16-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 802
Posted By pdlamb

Everyone's stomach responds differently. As a...

Everyone's stomach responds differently. As a result of that premise, I'd suggest "investing" in a number of single-use packets from various vendors and trying them. Hit up your local bike shop,...
06-14-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 914
Posted By pdlamb

My cardiologist is also a cyclist, so he...

My cardiologist is also a cyclist, so he understands that I need more salt than many of his patients. I rode 50 miles yesterday and drank over a gallon of fluids -- without some salt I'd be cramping...
06-14-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 989
Posted By pdlamb

Sheldon sold me my still favorite bike from...

Sheldon sold me my still favorite bike from Harris. (The fork and brakes are still orginal!)
06-11-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 445
Posted By pdlamb

Or Campy or Wipperman, any 11 speed chain should...

Or Campy or Wipperman, any 11 speed chain should work.
06-10-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 685
Posted By pdlamb

No! Red! Aaaaaaahhhhh!!

No! Red!

Aaaaaaahhhhh!!
06-08-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By pdlamb

Only thing I'd anxiously await is a big sale on...

Only thing I'd anxiously await is a big sale on black GKs after all the colors come out.
06-08-21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,446
Posted By pdlamb

I'd say there are two reasons 8 speed bikes are...

I'd say there are two reasons 8 speed bikes are cheaper:

1. In general, especially if you're buying a used bike, they're older. Old things are cheaper (anyone want to buy a 1998 Honda Accord?).
...
06-08-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By pdlamb

Yep. New pads, new cables, new housing, a bit of...

Yep. New pads, new cables, new housing, a bit of oil, and it should be just as good as it was new (if not better).
06-07-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 972
Posted By pdlamb

In these days I go back to the old saying,...

In these days I go back to the old saying, "Perfect is the enemy of good enough."

If you can find any of these in your size, try it and buy it if it feels good. Otherwise, you can compare web...
06-07-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,606
Posted By pdlamb

If I can circle back to the assumption that the...

If I can circle back to the assumption that the spokes are still OK -- I suspect that's a bad assumption. At the very least you need to carefully inspect all the drive side spokes and look for...
06-03-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,324
Posted By pdlamb

Quoting from Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary Bo...

Quoting from Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary Bo - Bz (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_bo-z.html#brifter): "Brifter: A combination brake/shift lever, such as a Campagnolo...
06-02-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 723
Posted By pdlamb

As long as my thumb and knuckle work, I don't...

As long as my thumb and knuckle work, I don't need a smartphone app or dongle.
Forum: Commuting
06-01-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 944
Posted By pdlamb

Let's break this process down a bit. Is your...

Let's break this process down a bit. Is your commute going to be flat or hilly? If you've got hills, you'll probably want gears, otherwise the single speed might work.

How are you going to carry...
06-01-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,324
Posted By pdlamb

Little jobs that blow up

Over the weekend, I noticed my shifting was imprecise and thought, "Maybe the derailer cable is fraying." That thought was reinforced when I grabbed the shifter during a climb and got poked in the...
06-01-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By pdlamb

Perhaps I'm being dense, but I don't understand...

Perhaps I'm being dense, but I don't understand what you're going to do with that frame, and therefore, what your concern is to prevent a recurrence. Are you going to have the dropout replaced? Or...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By pdlamb

Wear what you want to wear, certainly. But I'm...

Wear what you want to wear, certainly. But I'm not at all sure there's much commonality between clothing for a bicycle tourist riding 40-60 miles a day and a Belgian housewife riding 1 km to the...
05-26-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By pdlamb

Pasela sidewalls seem a bit more flexible to me...

Pasela sidewalls seem a bit more flexible to me than the GK, and I think that makes the Paselas a little smoother riding.

I'm not prepared to fall on my sword on this, though, because both are...
05-24-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,482
Posted By pdlamb

Cateye Strava with cadence. Speed, distance, and...

Cateye Strava with cadence. Speed, distance, and cadence. Change the battery every two years.
05-20-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 479
Posted By pdlamb

What an insane idea, putting assembly specs or...

What an insane idea, putting assembly specs or requirements where they'll be easily available when needed. How are repair people supposed to learn how to spend a half an hour doing a lookup for...
05-20-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 967
Posted By pdlamb

I treat my Garmin 1030's heat acclimation number...

I treat my Garmin 1030's heat acclimation number the same as I treat it's recovery time. They're both feeble attempts to entertain me with numbers.

I don't remember who said it right now, but...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,633
Posted By pdlamb

Zombie post alert. Newbie getting post count up,...

Zombie post alert. Newbie getting post count up, perhaps, by responding to 6-year-dead thread?
Forum: Commuting
05-18-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,618
Posted By pdlamb

In defense of the "kludgy rear racks," perhaps if...

In defense of the "kludgy rear racks," perhaps if you developed a tolerance for them you wouldn't need the shop full of everything else?
05-17-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,006
Posted By pdlamb

I usually figure 100 Calories/3 miles. The exact...

I usually figure 100 Calories/3 miles. The exact number depends on a lot of things, including tires, tire pressure, rider posture, wind, speed, etc. To get a really accurate number, you pretty much...
05-17-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,376
Posted By pdlamb

I've got gel pads on one bike because I really...

I've got gel pads on one bike because I really don't care for the bar shape. The good part is that it's possible for me to ride it without my hands getting numb. (Although learning to put my hands...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By pdlamb

Buy something (rack and bag[s]) that works for...

Buy something (rack and bag[s]) that works for you and use it until it's worn out. Then get something new and keep riding.

Although I'll note that my Tubus rack and Ortlieb panniers are doing...
05-14-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By pdlamb

Given the backlog of work at my LBS, I'd think...

Given the backlog of work at my LBS, I'd think buying a new wheel would be the way to go. You might see if your shop can work in checking on build quality, if they've got a mechanic who's good with...
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