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Forum: Touring
07-05-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 368
Posted By pdlamb

To the original question, I suspect the answer...

To the original question, I suspect the answer may boil down to "how rough is your commute?" The two-piece front rack may suffice for a smooth route. OTOH, if your commute involves (like mine)...
07-05-22, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 449
Posted By pdlamb

With a fitness age of 20, you'll need about a...

With a fitness age of 20, you'll need about a hour to recover after your next century!
07-05-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 195
Posted By pdlamb

You should be able to find a Garmin 830 package,...

You should be able to find a Garmin 830 package, with speed and cadence sensors and an HRM strap, for your $500.

Of course it, and anything else on the market now, has so many bells and whistles...
07-05-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 101
Posted By pdlamb

Triples are so uncool, I won't even suggest...

Triples are so uncool, I won't even suggest putting an old-school MTB triple drivetrain on this bike, even though you could keep your high end and get 2-3 more gears on the low end. The cool kids...
07-05-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 226
Posted By pdlamb

If you're going to get a special pair of shoes to...

If you're going to get a special pair of shoes to put on to ride this bike, I don't see why they can't be MTB clipless shoes. Pick your poison as far as pedals go (Shimano SPD, Time ATAC, Crank...
07-05-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 206
Posted By pdlamb

This response is as detailed as possible given...

This response is as detailed as possible given the inputs; or in other words, just guessing.

Bike sat all winter, tires oxidized slightly on the surface. Went for a ride, the road wore off the...
07-05-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 579
Posted By pdlamb

Will a single chain work on that, or do you need...

Will a single chain work on that, or do you need to splice a couple together?
Forum: Commuting
07-01-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 203
Posted By pdlamb

I might try the Tear-aid on the outside, and just...

I might try the Tear-aid on the outside, and just in case, slap some Duck Tape (not to be confused with duct tape) on the inside. Working theory would be that the Duck tape would spread the load so...
07-01-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 483
Posted By pdlamb

To be clear, I wasn't questioning "why a hammer?"...

To be clear, I wasn't questioning "why a hammer?" but "why a ball peen hammer?" I've always found a handy claw hammer sufficient.
07-01-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 358
Posted By pdlamb

That's a lot more trouble that I go to -- or...

That's a lot more trouble that I go to -- or maybe it's just in a different part of the repair. I spend my attention sanding the tube down, don't care too much about the glue, and I've never used...
06-30-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 483
Posted By pdlamb

What do you use the ball peen hammer for? ...

What do you use the ball peen hammer for?

FWIW, I've found I use a #1 Phillips more than a #2. That's mostly for derailer limit screws and canti brake lateral adjustment.

My wonderful daughter...
06-30-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 841
Posted By pdlamb

I expect a rudimentary fit -- make sure the...

I expect a rudimentary fit -- make sure the saddle is (can be) adjusted to me, and I do think the shop should be willing to swap out a road bike stem when needed.

Anything else is gravy or...
06-30-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 358
Posted By pdlamb

I tried the razor trick, and sliced the tube. ...

I tried the razor trick, and sliced the tube. Oops!

Just grab a bit of coarser sandpaper (40 or 60 grit) and sand across the ribs.
06-30-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 705
Posted By pdlamb

I only look at a bike's color when I'm not riding...

I only look at a bike's color when I'm not riding it. The bike I like the most is the one I'm riding. So, invisible?
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 643
Posted By pdlamb

I believe you about these being steep, but it...

I believe you about these being steep, but it brings up a question: how can you take a picture of a road from the bottom that shows how steep it really is?

I've only found two ways. First is...
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 648
Posted By pdlamb

To set the stage, most of my touring starts...

To set the stage, most of my touring starts shortly after dawn, and is centered around summertime. Also I find long sleeves too hot for temperatures over 80F in areas where "humid" starts about 70%...
06-28-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 282
Posted By pdlamb

Those generic cadence/speed sensors? They cost...

Those generic cadence/speed sensors? They cost $30 for two, compared to nearly $40 each for name brand units that are either cadence or speed. At that price I can put cadence on multiple bikes and...
06-28-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 4,252
Posted By pdlamb

If I were designing a GPS, I'd stick to the GPS...

If I were designing a GPS, I'd stick to the GPS for distance and the barometric altimeter to calculate grade. Gyroscopes or accelerometers are ridiculously complex and expensive to get the desired...
06-28-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 417
Posted By pdlamb

As far as I can tell that recommended rest time...

As far as I can tell that recommended rest time is output from a random number generator.

After the "new toy feature" when I got my 1030 wore off, the rest time isn't one of the things Garmin...
06-28-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By pdlamb

Titanium if it's going to show and you care about...

Titanium if it's going to show and you care about such things. Anything but cardboard will work just as well.
06-28-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 434
Posted By pdlamb

Definitely. In the winter and cooler part of...

Definitely. In the winter and cooler part of shoulder seasons I'll ride out into the wind so it'll blow me home. On warm summer days it's the reverse -- ride out in the morning with the wind and...
06-27-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 902
Posted By pdlamb

50 miles per day is close to average for long...

50 miles per day is close to average for long distance tourists in the U.S.

Riding that much on a short loop would have me headed for the funny farm.
06-27-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 742
Posted By pdlamb

Same as it was before resuming cycling: getting...

Same as it was before resuming cycling: getting out of bed in the morning.
06-27-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By pdlamb

Volume and, since most physiological items are...

Volume and, since most physiological items are about the density of water, weight or mass of poop likely depend on two factors. First is how much you drink during and shortly after exercise. When I...
06-27-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 282
Posted By pdlamb

Don't remember the brand, but after yet another...

Don't remember the brand, but after yet another cadence sensor gave up the ghost I went to Amazon and bought a cheap one. It worked (and continues to work) just as well as the Garmin and Wahoo...
06-23-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 593
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube...

I don't think I've ever run into a wet lube that's incompatible with the factory lube/preservative. It's only the high-zoot stuff racers need to minimize chain wattage losses that worry about that,.
06-23-22, 04:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By pdlamb

Linseed oil only on the NDS rear spokes for me. ...

Linseed oil only on the NDS rear spokes for me. It helps as a lubricant when building the wheel, and as it hardens turns into a thread locker. It's only useful in that location because spoke...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 683
Posted By pdlamb

Sometimes it seems pretty random when you feel...

Sometimes it seems pretty random when you feel the altitude and when you don't.

Going west, I had more trouble with Togwotee than I did at Hoosier Pass, despite Hoosier being some 2,000' higher....
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 663
Posted By pdlamb

I was about to suggest using mass transit (like...

I was about to suggest using mass transit (like the locals) if where you're going is too far to walk from where you're staying. Then I saw this list. Maybe you should rent a U-Haul for a day?
...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 663
Posted By pdlamb

I can only recall three places where I was asked...

I can only recall three places where I was asked to leave my bike somewhere other than in my motel/hotel room, and those were nice places with small rooms on the back side of nowhere. And two of...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 425
Posted By pdlamb

I've had good luck with both Shimano and SRAM...

I've had good luck with both Shimano and SRAM cassettes. I'm not too picky, I'll put either a 32 or a 34 on the bike with the 24 small crank, but only a 34 on the one with the 26.

I tried a...
06-16-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,839
Posted By pdlamb

That's probably the stupidest thing I've...

That's probably the stupidest thing I've experienced, as well. When someone has slowed down to holler that at me, I've been known to look very obviously at the side of the road and then, slowly,...
06-16-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By pdlamb

As long as you agree there are potential...

As long as you agree there are potential downsides to deal with if you decide not to use the torque wrench, I can agree to that statement.



Six or seven years ago, I was right where you are now...
06-16-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By pdlamb

You miss my point; I'm not claiming to be a...

You miss my point; I'm not claiming to be a reformed airline baggage handler or inexperienced.

I've been told that if you just cinch the seatpost binder down to where you can't move the saddle...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,359
Posted By pdlamb

Yay! The best part of commuting -- the way...

Yay! The best part of commuting -- the way you're in shape for pleasant weekend rides!
06-15-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 677
Posted By pdlamb

I was gun-shy about the Catears being too hot, so...

I was gun-shy about the Catears being too hot, so I got the fuzzy helmet strap wrap instead. Found out that, even sweating lightly, the Elvis-impersonator parts were matted down to the point of...
06-15-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 4,252
Posted By pdlamb

I'm going to be curious to see how you get to 45...

I'm going to be curious to see how you get to 45 hours on the solar 1040. Is this riding 9-5 multiple days in the Mojave desert without recharging, or riding nonstop sunrise until 2 a.m. day after...
06-15-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By pdlamb

I've overtorqued a seatpost clamp until it broke,...

I've overtorqued a seatpost clamp until it broke, and a stem until it stripped. Those cost about as much to replace as a couple of inexpensive torque wrenches.

I've also undertorqued a crank a...
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 721
Posted By pdlamb

I read somewhere that acid-loving plants (think...

I read somewhere that acid-loving plants (think azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias, and blueberries) often need a trace of iron. Since I had cleaned one chain before I measured it, and it was too...
06-15-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,022
Posted By pdlamb

After a commute at 7F I decided that was too...

After a commute at 7F I decided that was too cold, I'd stick to double-digit temperatures on the low end. But I also got a pair of warm tights with a wind-block front. It hasn't equaled that low...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 683
Posted By pdlamb

Weatherwise, I'd expect starting the EE in June...

Weatherwise, I'd expect starting the EE in June might be roughly comparable to starting the TransAm a couple weeks earlier, since you'll be about one state further north crossing the plains.

I'm...
06-14-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By pdlamb

After a long, hot ride it takes me a few days to...

After a long, hot ride it takes me a few days to feel like riding hard again. But you're younger and probably in better shape than I am.

If there's a Vietnamese pho restaurant near you, it's a...
06-14-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 381
Posted By pdlamb

I would be off the bike after a long-ish ride...

I would be off the bike after a long-ish ride Wednesday, except perhaps for an easy ride of an hour or less the following two days. Your coach must think you're phenomenally fit to schedule...
06-14-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 267
Posted By pdlamb

Like Trakhak notes, it's often easier to do the...

Like Trakhak notes, it's often easier to do the high-torque jobs with the bike standing on the floor. Hmm, most of those center around the crank and bottom bracket: pedal removal (and to a lesser...
06-14-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 528
Posted By pdlamb

Old school, look down and see where the chain is...

Old school, look down and see where the chain is on the cassette and the crank.
06-14-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By pdlamb

This is probably another "It depends" question. ...

This is probably another "It depends" question.

If you're only mildly curious, try to figure out what the ratio is from your rides and Relative Perceived Exhaustion (RPE, and yes, I know that's...
06-14-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 706
Posted By pdlamb

I ride them all. But for some reason the oldest...

I ride them all. But for some reason the oldest and the newest seem to get the most attention.
06-14-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 571
Posted By pdlamb

140 kgf sounds pretty high to me. I'd try to...

140 kgf sounds pretty high to me. I'd try to take it down to 120 kgf tops, 110 would be better.

Non-drive side tension will be what it needs to be to get the dish straight. (That's why some...
06-14-22, 07:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 780
Posted By pdlamb

I agree with Herzlos , just clean the bike up and...

I agree with Herzlos , just clean the bike up and sell it. If that's what you want to do...

Before you sell your current bike, though, you might want to shop around and see what's currently...
06-13-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 603
Posted By pdlamb

I'd take the experimental approach. Take a...

I'd take the experimental approach. Take a series of rides, maybe 1, 5, 10, and 20 miles, come back home and inspect the tires carefully. You'll likely wear off the hardened rubber on the tread...
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