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05-26-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 6,200
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, well, I ain't sharing my back country roads...

Yeah, well, I ain't sharing my back country roads with your airplane. :D

Though I once saw a near collision with an ultralight taking off just as a crop duster flew down over the trees. Kind of...
05-26-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 867
Posted By pdlamb

Off on a tangent: my Organic professor told us...

Off on a tangent: my Organic professor told us the story of a paint chemist who went off to an ACS meeting to present a paper. His results showed that the new paint additive he'd been working on...
05-26-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 184
Posted By pdlamb

I expect you can easily get another summer's...

I expect you can easily get another summer's worth of riding out of those tires.

Now the 30 seconds' disclaimer in the 45 second ad:

It would be a good idea to check the tires weekly or before...
05-25-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 200
Posted By pdlamb

Hang around, keep riding, in a few more years...

Hang around, keep riding, in a few more years you'll realize it's no big deal.
05-25-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By pdlamb

What you call a low gear I'd call a...

What you call a low gear I'd call a road-bike-too-high gear.

But if you're substantially younger, lighter, and stronger than me, good luck!
05-25-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 267
Posted By pdlamb

Agreed. Take the old bike (or what's left of it)...

Agreed. Take the old bike (or what's left of it) to the LBS, ask them to assess it for damage, and give you a written quote for the closest replacement they have in stock. Ditto for the rack. Lay...
05-24-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 882
Posted By pdlamb

Bike shorts help keep parts where they need to be...

Bike shorts help keep parts where they need to be when you plop down on the saddle.

But they're not really necessary (though I consistently ride with them). I enjoyed many years' riding in gym...
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

Looking at the footprints, did you get a dog to...

Looking at the footprints, did you get a dog to park your bike?
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 316
Posted By pdlamb

I'm fairly ignorant about the specifics of...

I'm fairly ignorant about the specifics of northern California, but I did persuade my dad to ride the train from Seattle down to Emeryville and then to Denver. I don't remember how long the layover...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 190
Posted By pdlamb

Remind the complainers that they only see your...

Remind the complainers that they only see your shoes when they're riding behind you.
05-24-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By pdlamb

That bike still looks better than either of my...

That bike still looks better than either of my (two decades newer?) bikes. Love the chrome fork!

I'm getting cautious, and thinking about replacing the bike that has 60,000 miles on the frame. ...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

I seem to remember my Ortlieb bags (also...

I seem to remember my Ortlieb bags (also expensive -- and worth it!) came with plastic or rubber bushings to go over skinny steel rails. As one of my bikes has an anodized fat aluminum rack that fit...
05-23-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 187
Posted By pdlamb

Saw the O.P.'s size but not the bike size. ...

Saw the O.P.'s size but not the bike size.

If it fits, and secondarily if there's not too much wear on the components, it'll probably be a good bike. Take a tape measure to the chain and then...
05-23-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By pdlamb

Not sure about stinging nettles, but for insects...

Not sure about stinging nettles, but for insects you'll need something like blue jeans or heavy denim to protect you from the stingers. I'd say just ride faster, but I've been clipped by a red wasp...
05-23-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 888
Posted By pdlamb

Me, personally? More times than I want to count,...

Me, personally? More times than I want to count, averaging once every June for the last 20 years or so.

I finally realized the truth in the saying that mental faculties are among the first things...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

I actually agree with you, there are other good...

I actually agree with you, there are other good racks on the market so you don't need to make a choice between cheap junk and Tubus. My choice was to buy what I perceive as the best mass-produced...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 694
Posted By pdlamb

My panniers rubbing an aluminum rack wore about a...

My panniers rubbing an aluminum rack wore about a third of the way through a strut in some 5-6 years' of commuting.

Since I'm saving two tanks of gas every month commuting by bike, I spent the...
05-23-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,086
Posted By pdlamb

My downtime (per my surgeon) was no cycling for...

My downtime (per my surgeon) was no cycling for two weeks after surgery. I only had to miss three weeks' riding last fall -- and wouldn't you know it, the weather was beautiful for riding for three...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By pdlamb

Here's...

Here's (https://www.roadbikerider.com/23-tips-for-safer-cycling-traffic/) a good set of tips to get you started.
05-23-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 397
Posted By pdlamb

I think I'd take the pedals off and use it as a...

I think I'd take the pedals off and use it as a hand cart for the fabled beer runs.
05-23-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By pdlamb

Maybe I'm just the suspicious type, but... ...

Maybe I'm just the suspicious type, but...

If you've got one spoke that's a bit too long and poked through the rim tape of unknown provenance, how do you know you don't have multiple spokes that...
05-23-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 419
Posted By pdlamb

Not at all. Think of it as "I broke one spoke on...

Not at all. Think of it as "I broke one spoke on each side and I'm going to replace those two spokes" and, while you're at it, label and measure the two spokes. The other 30 or 34 spokes will wait.
05-20-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 867
Posted By pdlamb

It might be taxing to wait for the 1040. And...

It might be taxing to wait for the 1040.

And while the hardware might be available next month, it still might be a year until Garmin gets a stable software release out.
05-20-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 581
Posted By pdlamb

My father-in-law was a bench chemist for years,...

My father-in-law was a bench chemist for years, and he occasionally was known to snark, "Sometimes 15 minutes in the lab will save you two weeks at the chalkboard!"

Relevance? Substitute "at the...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,219
Posted By pdlamb

Had to go to the office for some of those "must...

Had to go to the office for some of those "must not be removed from this building" things. Just a quick in and out; except there's a mid-20s mph headwind at the temps, that were only low 60s last...
05-20-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By pdlamb

If you're planning to leave the rack on the car...

If you're planning to leave the rack on the car for months on end, a new rack is going to start rusting as soon as you put it on your car.

If this is for a limited time, say 3-6 months, I'd...
05-19-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 419
Posted By pdlamb

Or worn bar tape. A new roll of tape isn't...

Or worn bar tape. A new roll of tape isn't pricey.
05-19-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 393
Posted By pdlamb

Below 60F, long sleeves rule. Above 80F, short...

Below 60F, long sleeves rule. Above 80F, short sleeves. Above 100F, sleeveless. Between 60 and 80F, rider's choice; sun sleeves or long sleeves may be preferred in the middle of the day, but...
05-19-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,774
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, cool! Were those grown from heritage brake...

Oh, cool! Were those grown from heritage brake pad seeds? :)
05-18-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,774
Posted By pdlamb

So, let's combine all this into a (text) flow...

So, let's combine all this into a (text) flow chart.

1. Pull up your original order and shipping emails. Compare the shipper information and tracking label to the bill you got. If they don't...
05-18-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 435
Posted By pdlamb

Looks like I need to stay up later at night to...

Looks like I need to stay up later at night to watch TV.

Does it also work on the fabric heel liner down lower in the shoe?
05-18-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By pdlamb

The big thing that the label doesn't mention is...

The big thing that the label doesn't mention is you'll want to put a generous schmear on the bottom when you first treat the saddle. If you've got a saddle bag or fenders, you'll never need to...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By pdlamb

Very cool! No need to worry about your leather...

Very cool! No need to worry about your leather saddle, or the chain rusting any more!
05-18-22, 08:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 622
Posted By pdlamb

Isn't Surly just following 9-speed components...

Isn't Surly just following 9-speed components down the Shimano product ladder?

(And how did the burglar leave the IFs alone? Do you collect charcoal ashes from a grill and dust the expensive...
05-18-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 435
Posted By pdlamb

Uh, what? Link, please!

Uh, what? Link, please!
05-17-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Is it really that hard for a person in Seattle to...

Is it really that hard for a person in Seattle to understand that even if you do skewer that windmill you're tilting at and get a notification that you've been in the sun long enough, you need to...
05-17-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 435
Posted By pdlamb

I've used moleskin to fix similar problems...

I've used moleskin to fix similar problems before. Hadn't thought about duck tape!
05-17-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 622
Posted By pdlamb

At the very least get an estimate from a bike...

At the very least get an estimate from a bike shop (the one where you bought the bike or another one). Get it in writing in case you deal with an insurance adjuster. You can figure out whether to...
05-16-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Oh, I'm wrong? You're not going to put sunscreen...

Oh, I'm wrong? You're not going to put sunscreen on when your "too much sun" alarm goes off??
05-16-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,048
Posted By pdlamb

Predictions are hard. Especially when they're...

Predictions are hard. Especially when they're predictions of the future.
05-16-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Point I was making is that this is a Rube...

Point I was making is that this is a Rube Goldberg operation. You want to prevent sunburn? Ignore dermatologists' recommendations to put on sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun for more...
05-16-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Bullfrog Gel sunscreen is less expensive than the...

Bullfrog Gel sunscreen is less expensive than the solar panels and more effective at preventing sunburn, FWIW.
05-13-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By pdlamb

Do a web search for electrolyte drink mix. ...

Do a web search for electrolyte drink mix. (Electrolytes are mostly salt.)

Or stop for lunch and order french fries, add lots of salt and ketchup. That tastes better.
05-13-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By pdlamb

Well done! Keep up the good work. Do you...

Well done! Keep up the good work.

Do you have a new goal now?
Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By pdlamb

If you want more detail on the front end, you...

If you want more detail on the front end, you might check out Adventure Cycling's Route 66 out of Santa Monica, and pick up their Grand Canyon Connector to head north. I suspect U.S. 89 is the best...
05-13-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 488
Posted By pdlamb

You may be a bit OCD, but not unreasonably so. ...

You may be a bit OCD, but not unreasonably so. My rollout tests correlate pretty well with the computers' manufacturing instruction sheets. When I get on the bike and go for a ride, though, I find...
05-13-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,775
Posted By pdlamb

Before you go too much further, perhaps you could...

Before you go too much further, perhaps you could tell us the longest a conventional patch you've made has lasted?

And FWIW, I've put a glueless patch on that lasted three years. ("WIW" probably...
05-12-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 488
Posted By pdlamb

Depending on where you live, the people who build...

Depending on where you live, the people who build and maintain the roads may have already done the surveying for you and marked them with mile markers. I like to do a roll-down test: I check my...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By pdlamb

Sidi Dominator, to the extend the new ones are...

Sidi Dominator, to the extend the new ones are still like the pair I bought back in 2009. Of course the sole has been supplemented by 2-3 tubes of Shoe Goo by now.
05-11-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,003
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not so sure. I've started seeing some flat...

I'm not so sure. I've started seeing some flat bar gravel bikes. Pretty soon, you'll have to show them a picture of your (drop bar) gravel bike so they'll understand the shifter you broke is also...
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