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05-20-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 540
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: 25
Views: 442
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: 118
Views: 4,083
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: 604
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: 394
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: 384
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: 1,690
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: 1,690
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: 410
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: 151
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: 8
Views: 199
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: 613
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: 410
Posted By pdlamb

Uh, what? Link, please!

Uh, what? Link, please!
05-17-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 436
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: 410
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: 613
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: 436
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: 30
Views: 858
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: 436
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: 436
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: 195
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: 166
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: 202
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: 467
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: 1,740
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: 467
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: 160
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: 93
Views: 1,814
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...
05-11-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By pdlamb

Make sure you get Campy derailer cables, or take...

Make sure you get Campy derailer cables, or take a file to the end piece if you have to use Shimano. The Shimano variant is slightly larger in diameter, and it's a b**** to get out of the Campy...
05-10-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By pdlamb

Your new spoke tension should be (roughly) the...

Your new spoke tension should be (roughly) the same as your current spoke tension.

Of course, what you meant to ask is what tensiometer gauge reading you should aim for. You'll have to be the one...
05-09-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 198
Posted By pdlamb

Standard answer is "it depends." If you can...

Standard answer is "it depends."

If you can post pictures on a photo sharing service, someone here may be able to help post the link(s). Otherwise, a trip to your friendly Local Bike Shop (LBS)...
05-09-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By pdlamb

I'd hook the old GPS up to a computer with the...

I'd hook the old GPS up to a computer with the handy USB cable. Download everything in the \Garmin\Activities file to a temporary directory on your computer. (Repeat for the memory chip if you...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,137
Posted By pdlamb

When my bike was new, I put on a mudflap cut from...

When my bike was new, I put on a mudflap cut from a shampoo bottle and rivet it on. That was functional, and it was also helpful to "uglify" my bike to make potential thieves think it wasn't worth...
05-09-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, the 7 speed chain is too wide to work with a...

Yes, the 7 speed chain is too wide to work with a 9 speed cassette. You'll want a 9 speed chain.
05-09-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 335
Posted By pdlamb

Color me skeptical. Is a new $50 wheel going to...

Color me skeptical. Is a new $50 wheel going to be as good as what you've got now when you replace one (or a few) spokes?

As for when to replace the whole bike, that's largely a matter of...
05-09-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By pdlamb

Those tilted rivets get uncomfortable, and with a...

Those tilted rivets get uncomfortable, and with a bit more tilt, they will start snagging shorts.

I tried to hammer a steel rivet back into alignment, but I ended up replacing the saddle.
05-09-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 283
Posted By pdlamb

When something like a hard plastic buckle breaks...

When something like a hard plastic buckle breaks (or disappears) I often take that as a signal that it's time to replace the helmet.
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 514
Posted By pdlamb

I've had good luck with Aardvark saddle covers; I...

I've had good luck with Aardvark saddle covers; I can usually get a couple weeks' riding before they start to leak.

A couple additional notes. First, I don't need a saddle cover unless I'm riding...
05-06-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,740
Posted By pdlamb

1. Check the can to find out what solvent is...

1. Check the can to find out what solvent is being used. If you get some of that off Amazon, you may be able to extend the life by a year or two.

2. The solvent costs nearly as much as a new...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 712
Posted By pdlamb

My cube has a hook for a coat in the winter; I...

My cube has a hook for a coat in the winter; I drape the winter rain jacket around my chair instead, and spread the bike clothes out as much as possible on a hanger to dry. The towel can hang off my...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By pdlamb

Adventure Cycling...

Adventure Cycling (https://www.adventurecycling.org) has some good material to look over. I'd start at the Bike touring 101 (https://www.adventurecycling.org/blog/bike-touring-101/) page and poke...
05-05-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By pdlamb

I've read one recommendation to put the light on...

I've read one recommendation to put the light on the outside (right in the U.S.); the stated reasoning was to illuminate the fog line.

For my part, I don't trust the pavement where I ride enough...
05-05-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,740
Posted By pdlamb

Yes, a well patched tube will hold air just as...

Yes, a well patched tube will hold air just as well as a new one.

IME preparation is more important than the specific patch kit brand. You've got to get the mold release off the tube before...
05-04-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 414
Posted By pdlamb

After a while you'll start thinking in terms of,...

After a while you'll start thinking in terms of, "Who's a good doctor that's 20 years younger than me so I don't have to go find another one when s/he retires?"
05-04-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,025
Posted By pdlamb

I'll probably look like a one-person thread...

I'll probably look like a one-person thread drift, but here goes.

See a cardiologist? Absolutely. Just make sure the cardiologist you see understands active seniors; a 50 year old cardiologist...
05-04-22, 07:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 842
Posted By pdlamb

Just to clarify, to "upgrade" from 27" to 700c...

Just to clarify, to "upgrade" from 27" to 700c will require new wheels. So $40-60 for new 27" tires, and maybe $300 for new wheels + new tires, your choice.
Forum: Commuting
05-02-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 643
Posted By pdlamb

I don't see a difference between a well-patched...

I don't see a difference between a well-patched tube and a new one. One spare [whatever] tube and a new-within-a-couple-years patch kit works for me.

I guess I average about a flat per month. ...
05-02-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,653
Posted By pdlamb

Ouch! :) I may have perforated a disk the...

Ouch! :)

I may have perforated a disk the other week. Wonder if I can sue da mayor for lousy road pavement?
04-21-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 942
Posted By pdlamb

Thank goodness for that! To produce a...

Thank goodness for that!

To produce a multi-tool that would support one model and nothing else, you'd have to have at least one non-standard fastener that no other model used. Neato! Until one...
04-20-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 657
Posted By pdlamb

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