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08-02-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 96
Posted By pdlamb

If you don't have a 21" CRT you can leave the...

If you don't have a 21" CRT you can leave the light on top of (that was great for gloves too!), you might try leaving it on the floor in front of a refrigerator. (Probably not the one at work!) The...
08-02-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 530
Posted By pdlamb

+1 to both the above. If possible, also try...

+1 to both the above. If possible, also try hanging your clothes outside in sunshine to dry. Fresh air and sunshine works well on most bike clothes, but gloves are too thick. I've been known to...
08-02-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 595
Posted By pdlamb

Next time I need to know "how long is a piece of...

Next time I need to know "how long is a piece of string?" I'll drop you a line.
07-30-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By pdlamb

7 speed? Has inflation really pushed prices up...

7 speed? Has inflation really pushed prices up that much?
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 462
Posted By pdlamb

Unless you're riding east or west on the TransAm...

Unless you're riding east or west on the TransAm route when you cross Hoosier.

Similar to a few situations with highways and interstates. I was driving south on I-81 as I was driving north on...
07-30-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 595
Posted By pdlamb

After Iride posted, "How silly of me to think...

After Iride posted, "How silly of me to think that tucking in a bit closer is hugging the curb."



Aside from using different words (aka paraphrasing), tucking in to the curb sounds a lot like...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 9,360
Posted By pdlamb

I rode my morning "non-commute" that covered...

I rode my morning "non-commute" that covered about 0.6-0.7 of a full round trip commute this morning -- call it a recovery ride.

At least it's a recovery ride until my sweat glands noticed the...
07-29-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 151
Posted By pdlamb

Campagnolo 9 speed, as you've doubtless noticed,...

Campagnolo 9 speed, as you've doubtless noticed, isn't in production any more and hasn't been for a while. That means you're going to be looking for NOS replacement parts, for which ebay is probably...
07-28-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 323
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, 09:21 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,277
Posted By pdlamb

You're missing my point, so I probably didn't...

You're missing my point, so I probably didn't explain myself clearly.

If your path is built up, say, 20 feet above the lake, it's possible a GPS track is going to give you a 15' drop on the...
07-28-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 613
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?
07-28-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,277
Posted By pdlamb

Isn't this focus on the fractal nature of a...

Isn't this focus on the fractal nature of a measurement based on sums of ever-more-microscopic measurements is a bit misleading?

Maybe we should turn the question around. Is there a measurement...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By pdlamb

Remember the luggage commercial where the Atlanta...

Remember the luggage commercial where the Atlanta Zoo gorillas were moonlighting as Delta baggage handlers? Their offspring work for the TSA now.

While it may be tempting to pack a sleeping bag...
07-27-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 613
Posted By pdlamb

So your acceptance of advancing age was purchased...

So your acceptance of advancing age was purchased for a handful of change (presumably less than $1)?
07-27-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 310
Posted By pdlamb

With the Garmin sale on the 530 through the end...

With the Garmin sale on the 530 through the end of the month, if the 830 touchscreen was worth an extra $100, is it now worth an extra $150?
07-27-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 595
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure I understand. Some yahoo hit you...

I'm not sure I understand. Some yahoo hit you with a big can and you got a light to make sure he can see you?
07-26-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,277
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
Forum: Touring
07-26-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Posted By pdlamb

Hmm. Not an election year, half the political...

Hmm. Not an election year, half the political speech writers are probably out of work... Sounds like one of them found a job putting out press releases for a Rail-Trail?
07-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,736
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: 69
Views: 1,649
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...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 9,360
Posted By pdlamb

Left early to swing by the office. Way more...

Left early to swing by the office. Way more bicycle commuters near the hospitals than usual this morning, three other ones! Pleasantly cool, and I was surprised by how light traffic was. Summer,...
07-22-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 353
Posted By pdlamb

If it were me, I would NOT copy the drawing and...

If it were me, I would NOT copy the drawing and build another one just like it. The original already failed. So at the very least put some more bulk on the outside of the part where it broke, and...
07-21-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 524
Posted By pdlamb

Color me impressed! I'd have given up on that...

Color me impressed! I'd have given up on that tube.
07-21-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By pdlamb

It's how we used to travel with bikes back when...

It's how we used to travel with bikes back when the family had a station wagon (remember those?).

We tied two bikes up to either side of a kayak for one 1,800 mile vacation; you might be able to...
07-21-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 570
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...
07-21-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 524
Posted By pdlamb

That's a higher fuss factor AND probably a better...

That's a higher fuss factor AND probably a better screen than my norm. After patching a batch of tubes, I'll pump them up the next day (or week) until they're visibly inflated, and leave them...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By pdlamb

Dare I ask how far you were pulling the groceries?

Dare I ask how far you were pulling the groceries?
07-21-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By pdlamb

At 240#, I'd aim for 36 and settle for 32 spokes....

At 240#, I'd aim for 36 and settle for 32 spokes. Proper spoke tension and stress relief is the key to wheel longevity.

I'm not sure how a wheel feels sluggish, TBH. Are the tires pumped up...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By pdlamb

If it'll make you happy and you can afford it,...

If it'll make you happy and you can afford it, buy a new bike. Sometimes fun is worth paying for just for its own sake.
07-20-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 524
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: 409
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: 303
Views: 5,040
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...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,638
Posted By pdlamb

If the person putting your bike together knows...

If the person putting your bike together knows what he's doing (and that's never guaranteed), tell him what you're doing and he can go over the wheels and make sure they're built correctly (tension...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 9,360
Posted By pdlamb

You still taking scuba gear for the river...

You still taking scuba gear for the river crossings? :)
07-19-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 497
Posted By pdlamb

Linseed oil on rear NDS and front wheel. Rear DS...

Linseed oil on rear NDS and front wheel. Rear DS gets Finish Line Wet because that's usually the chain oil that's in the house, saving me a trip to the garage. That might change when I finish up...
07-19-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,367
Posted By pdlamb

Your LBS has sales? Not "for sale" but "on...

Your LBS has sales? Not "for sale" but "on sale"??
07-19-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By pdlamb

My freshly oiled chain sounds a lot like your...

My freshly oiled chain sounds a lot like your freshly waxed chain. But the oil (lack of) sound stays around longer.
07-19-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 675
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: 2,430
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, 01:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 548
Posted By pdlamb

Interesting problem, perhaps because I've never...

Interesting problem, perhaps because I've never seen it.

Or maybe the salt microcrystals from my sweat absorb any moisture that might sit on top of my seatpost.

I'd think once a year (perhaps...
07-16-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,439
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: Touring
07-15-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By pdlamb

The rim will certainly fit, since it's 38 mm...

The rim will certainly fit, since it's 38 mm smaller diameter than the 700C (622 mm) rims on my bike. You may or may not need to unmount one or both tires, depending on what size (and model) you...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 712
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...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 712
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a bike with a SON hub and one with the...

I've got a bike with a SON hub and one with the much less expensive Shimano. I can't honestly tell a difference in hubs -- they both put out about the same power at a decent speed -- but because of...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,180
Posted By pdlamb

Not sure where OP lives and rides, or what the...

Not sure where OP lives and rides, or what the road conditions are there, so that second point is going to be key. I've ridden some urban streets and trails that leave me thinking a gravel bike is...
07-14-21, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
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).
07-14-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 665
Posted By pdlamb

Many moons ago I needed new shoes, and the LBS...

Many moons ago I needed new shoes, and the LBS didn't even come close to my size. I ordered three pairs, tried them on, and had to pay shipping for the "not size 49" to return the other two pairs. ...
07-14-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,367
Posted By pdlamb

Curious why people don't buy consumables in...

Curious why people don't buy consumables in advance.

I like being able to fix or replace parts when needed. Not living in a "Prime" city means no one-hour delivery. Having parts on hand saves...
06-29-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,674
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: 3,380
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...
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