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06-23-22, 04:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 390
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: 256
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: 568
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: 543
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: 543
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: 359
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: 93
Views: 2,007
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: 26
Views: 602
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: 26
Views: 602
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: 146
Views: 5,052
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: 21
Views: 546
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: 114
Views: 3,049
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: 26
Views: 602
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: 18
Views: 540
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: 935
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: 568
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: 372
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: 309
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: 232
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: 512
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: 357
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: 618
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: 490
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: 687
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: 556
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...
06-13-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,556
Posted By pdlamb

I've fallen into the Grant Pederson "Wear...

I've fallen into the Grant Pederson "Wear something out" mindset, and kept my bikes running. To paraphrase the old poem, For want of a stem, or a seatpost, or a derailer hanger, or a bottom bracket,...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By pdlamb

That's a respectable commute distance, and a very...

That's a respectable commute distance, and a very respectable time at about 25 km/hr.

Honestly, it's going to be tough to better that performance level. The only thing I can think of that might...
06-13-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By pdlamb

I went with the (insurance covered) distance...

I went with the (insurance covered) distance monofocal lenses; I'd tried varifocal contacts 15 years ago, didn't care for them, and went back to glasses.

Some 6 months later I've got three pairs...
06-08-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 289
Posted By pdlamb

The tape marker is one I use as well. As a...

The tape marker is one I use as well.

As a clyde, I've had problems with seatpost slippage if I didn't have the binder bolt tight enough. I've also broken a bolt by over-tightening (took a trip...
06-08-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 184
Posted By pdlamb

It's probably worth the time to remove and...

It's probably worth the time to remove and regrease the pulleys, though I can't see how that would affect only the right stroke. My next guess would be a hassle; your bottom bracket may be wearing...
06-08-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 692
Posted By pdlamb

I'd slap two sets of Kool-Stop salmon pads on...

I'd slap two sets of Kool-Stop salmon pads on there, wash the bike, lube pivots, and call it good. If that's not enough, change the chain and cassette, replace the cables and housing, and repack the...
06-08-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,509
Posted By pdlamb

tl;dr Has anyone concerned with the question...

tl;dr

Has anyone concerned with the question (not the spelling) brought up buying a supply of brake consumables? I'd think you could get a 30 m roll of brake housing, half a dozen brake cables, a...
06-08-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 643
Posted By pdlamb

Superfeet seem to be widely available. But...

Superfeet seem to be widely available.

But I'd circle back to stiff soles. Way back when I couldn't ride more than about 25 miles without my feet hurting. Asked the bike shop for recommendation,...
06-08-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 516
Posted By pdlamb

As I read the latest research and advice, it all...

As I read the latest research and advice, it all counts. OTOH, if it takes you 4 minutes to ride to the bank, you probably only get 2 minutes of elevated heart rate, so that's half as much...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Posted By pdlamb

The first pair of SKS fenders I put on lasted 16...

The first pair of SKS fenders I put on lasted 16 or 18 years (long enough for SKS to buy the production line).

You want my take on metal fenders? See...
06-08-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By pdlamb

One more vote for Black Bibs. The least...

One more vote for Black Bibs. The least expensive are pretty good, the next step up is so good I've not tried their high-end version. 2XL is a good guess at the size -- like all bike clothes, go up...
06-08-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By pdlamb

"Newish" cassette, chain "looks good"? How new...

"Newish" cassette, chain "looks good"? How new is the cassette, measure what the distance is between 12 links? This sounds like a worn (aka "stretched") chain that's worn the two middle gears of...
06-08-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By pdlamb

You could get an adapter, like ALLEN Tension Bar...

You could get an adapter, like ALLEN Tension Bar Bicycle Cross-Bar Adaptor, Black, One size : Sports & Outdoors (amazon.com) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ELSSZE/?tag=statecyclist-20&th=1). I think...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 5,052
Posted By pdlamb

Not sure how I did it, but I managed to dodge the...

Not sure how I did it, but I managed to dodge the thundershowers (and storms) both ways. Looked iffy this morning, and the clear window I aimed for this afternoon was closing down fast by the time I...
Forum: Touring
06-07-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,814
Posted By pdlamb

Worth repeating. My touring bike weighs...

Worth repeating.

My touring bike weighs about 32 pounds, including racks, fenders, pump, saddle bag with spare tube, tire irons and patch kit, and bottle cages. That's about 10 pounds heavier...
06-07-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 327
Posted By pdlamb

I've walked around a moose at the porch. OK, I...

I've walked around a moose at the porch. OK, I walked around the building when the moose was licking salt off the steps, and went in the back door. I'd stay in the car if it had been a bear!

And...
06-07-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 415
Posted By pdlamb

You're going to have to keep riding and trying...

You're going to have to keep riding and trying different things to find out what works for you.

True, overexertion beyond what you've trained for can cause cramps. But I suspect the fact your...
06-07-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,044
Posted By pdlamb

In the tape measure's defense, you can measure...

In the tape measure's defense, you can measure between 1" and 13 1/16" for a 12" span. My better tapes have plenty of space between 1/16" markings, so they're fine to use. It might be easier to...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,814
Posted By pdlamb

Looks like it's ready to tour! (Are you?) :)

Looks like it's ready to tour! (Are you?) :)
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Posted By pdlamb

I like the story with the older model Citroen. ...

I like the story with the older model Citroen. If that old Citroen could make it up the hill in 4th gear, it was a category 4 climb. If it stalled out in fourth but you could get a run at it and...
06-06-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By pdlamb

Obviously OP needs to ride more to wear the tires...

Obviously OP needs to ride more to wear the tires out sooner.

If the bike was bought new, I'd look at storage conditions; is there a refrigerator or furnace nearby to generate ozone to eat up the...
06-06-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 780
Posted By pdlamb

OP, how old is your son? At 22 kg he might be...

OP, how old is your son? At 22 kg he might be getting to an age where something like a Trail-a-Bike would be appropriate. He's not likely to get more than a summer's riding out of a trailer, I...
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,125
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, I can tell the story now because it got...

Yeah, I can tell the story now because it got funnier with age. The day I put the first one on, I think the only non-swear word I said until supper was, "Grrr." :)
Forum: Touring
06-06-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,125
Posted By pdlamb

I've installed a couple of SKS fenders, and one...

I've installed a couple of SKS fenders, and one set of Velo-Orange metal fenders. Both of the SKS took me about an hour to install. The VO took more like 8-10 hours for me to get the pair on.
...
06-06-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,459
Posted By pdlamb

It would probably be easier and cheaper to change...

It would probably be easier and cheaper to change to a mountain compact crank, perhaps in the neighborhood of 44/26, than to go whole hog and go to a triple. Even with a triple, it'll take some...
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