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06-14-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By pdlamb

At a guess -- you wore it off?

At a guess -- you wore it off?
06-14-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By pdlamb

While I wouldn't usually suggest REI (aka "MSRP...

While I wouldn't usually suggest REI (aka "MSRP World") as a low-cost source, watch for their sales. Start with 10% off 10 or more "performance foods," get it up to $100 when they're having $20 off...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 675
Posted By pdlamb

Search for the Lon Haldeman youtube video on how...

Search for the Lon Haldeman youtube video on how to clean a bike. Bucket, hot water, Dawn, and one specific brush (that really makes a difference as it really doesn't capture and hold chain grease...
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By pdlamb

Agree on the polyester. I suspect you'll find...

Agree on the polyester. I suspect you'll find the crotch of any dress pants wear out faster when you're cycling -- one reason I prefer to wear cycling shorts and change at work.
Forum: Commuting
06-14-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Supposedly down into the lower 50s this morning,...

Supposedly down into the lower 50s this morning, so I dug out my heavy wool (but still short sleeve!) jersey. Didn't need it, as it was warming quickly. Nice riding with just a breeze instead of a...
06-14-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By pdlamb

Enquiring minds want to know: what scent works...

Enquiring minds want to know: what scent works best?
06-13-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,205
Posted By pdlamb

I'm willing to answer any questions people have,...

I'm willing to answer any questions people have, but I generally try not to initiate a conversation.* I'm a convert, and converts are generally boring to listen to -- think of people who stopped...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By pdlamb

My favorite is the 24 oz Polar insulated bottle. ...

My favorite is the 24 oz Polar insulated bottle.

I use them until they wear out, or start growing mold or mildew, or lose one. Some of the older Specialized bottles would crack in the middle...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

It's like spring again here. Low 60s, very...

It's like spring again here. Low 60s, very welcome after a couple weeks in the 90s. I could get used to this!

Yesterday was interesting; south winds (headwind) in the morning brought moisture up...
06-12-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 874
Posted By pdlamb

The paved part. Seriously, before the thread...

The paved part.

Seriously, before the thread gets moved to A&S, somebody suggested a few decades back that a car will give you as much room to the left of you as you take to the left of the fog...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 609
Posted By pdlamb

Same here (although I hang my socks on my...

Same here (although I hang my socks on my computer to dry all day). OP might want fresh clothes after 1.5 hours of riding in, though.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,288
Posted By pdlamb

May as well close the thread. No more topical...

May as well close the thread. No more topical discussion to be read here.
Forum: Commuting
06-12-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Rather pleasant morning; cool and overcast,...

Rather pleasant morning; cool and overcast, although a bit breezy. Traffic was no problem except for a couple long lines of cars I had to wait for, at places I almost never have to wait. Nice...
Forum: Touring
06-11-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 692
Posted By pdlamb

My knee-jerk reaction is to say, "In before...

My knee-jerk reaction is to say, "In before indyfabz and the lock." I suspect spinnaker has this pegged, but just in case we're wrong, I'll try a straight answer.

In general, the best traffic'ed...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,288
Posted By pdlamb

Try a triple on what you got to climb hills, with...

Try a triple on what you got to climb hills, with or without child or groceries. Then look for a bike to see you through winter (maybe with studs?) and tackle the gravel.

What kind of carbon...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Last night's ride home was a workout. I looked...

Last night's ride home was a workout. I looked up the weather report when I got home; winds gusting 25-30 mph meant I was maintaining an air speed of 40 mph or so -- sounds a lot better than I...
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,383
Posted By pdlamb

As others have noted, learn to read the weather...

As others have noted, learn to read the weather radar on your smart phone (assuming you're riding where there's cell phone coverage).

At least in my experience, it's pretty rare to have even one...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By pdlamb

And if you like how that works, you can put some...

And if you like how that works, you can put some chain lube on the (rusted) chain. Pedaling can be so easy!

:)
06-10-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By pdlamb

My S&S coupled bike uses indexed bar-end 9-speed...

My S&S coupled bike uses indexed bar-end 9-speed shifters; like HillRider, shifting is always spot-on when I assemble it right. (The second time I did start screwing the adjuster, which, not...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Back in town, back to work. The ride started out...

Back in town, back to work. The ride started out cool but was warming quickly, but it was steamy humid the entire way. (Funny, I just spent last week in a desert, and my sinuses are rejoicing for...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,227
Posted By pdlamb

[QUOTE=bertusg;20956026]I regularly go for 20 to...

[QUOTE=bertusg;20956026]I regularly go for 20 to 40 milers at 15-17mph avg, 2-4 times a week, sometimes 50 & the other day a 60 miler on my mountain bike. Mostly flat around AZ, with a few hills &...
05-31-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 641
Posted By pdlamb

You might be able to find a 9 speed wheel, then...

You might be able to find a 9 speed wheel, then get a 10 mm hex wrench to swap the cassette holder with what's on the hub you have now.
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,435
Posted By pdlamb

If you're just sore as in tired of being on a...

If you're just sore as in tired of being on a bike, the best thing to do is simply ride more. A leather saddle (Brooks B17 or Pro) might relieve some local pressure after you've broken it in, but...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,903
Posted By pdlamb

Obviously I need to start paying more attention...

Obviously I need to start paying more attention to my bikes. Just this week found out I'd neglected a chain too long. New chainrings, cassette, and chain -- those add up to a lot more than 3 extra...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

I got lucky last night! I was pre-approved (by...

I got lucky last night! I was pre-approved (by She Who Must Be Obeyed) for the group ride after work, but when I was headed over to meet them, I looked up and thought it might be better to head home...
05-31-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,714
Posted By pdlamb

Usually takes me 10-15 minutes to do it right,...

Usually takes me 10-15 minutes to do it right, just swapping the tube out for repair at home (when I get 5-6 that need it, so the patch kit glue doesn't dry up). The biggest problem is normally...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

The thermometer is still in the upper 70s, but a...

The thermometer is still in the upper 70s, but a nice south wind kept me so cool I won't even complain about the headwind. Long route again today as I wait for the road destruction to turn into...
05-29-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,731
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure how long the OP has been riding 20...

I'm not sure how long the OP has been riding 20 miles/day on this stuff, but with 2" tires (or there about), I'd think riding this gravel would be a case of rider skill more than equipment. I don't...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,543
Posted By pdlamb

Based on my experience in those conditions, you...

Based on my experience in those conditions, you might be low in fluids and perhaps salt (aka electrolytes).

Try to weigh yourself before you roll out in the morning, and again when you get home. ...
05-29-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,240
Posted By pdlamb

What size t-shirt do you wear? If you get a...

What size t-shirt do you wear? If you get a "club" jersey, get that size.

Unless it's a Hincapie jersey. The 3X Hincapie that was too small when I wore a 2X in everything else is only snug now...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

The first block of my commute took 35 minutes. ...

The first block of my commute took 35 minutes.

I neglected chain measurement for too long, and it started skipping on me yesterday. So when I got home, I replace the chain and went in to supper. ...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,389
Posted By pdlamb

First four work so well I didn't open the lens...

First four work so well I didn't open the lens cleaning packet for years.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,224
Posted By pdlamb

It's so much easier to point a camera out the...

It's so much easier to point a camera out the window in Atlanta than look up the Wind River Lake webcam!

Is the late snow likely to mean fewer fires later this year within 2-300 miles of...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,139
Posted By pdlamb

Road shoulders seem to be present mostly on...

Road shoulders seem to be present mostly on larger roads (U.S. highways, for instance) or urban areas.

It doesn't mean smaller roads are un-rideable. To the contrary, I'd rather take a small...
05-28-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By pdlamb

Last point first: after my MI cost my insurance...

Last point first: after my MI cost my insurance company about a quarter of a million dollars, I tend to think they might care about preventing another cardiovascular event -- mine or somebody else's....
05-28-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,269
Posted By pdlamb

Aggravating, isn't it? I've decided to think of...

Aggravating, isn't it? I've decided to think of my blinkies as rented, rather than bought.
Forum: Commuting
05-28-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

I think last week marked the first time since...

I think last week marked the first time since last October we haven't had rain at least once in a week. That was very nice. Now can we have some rain to cool things off? ;)

As you might have...
05-28-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,732
Posted By pdlamb

This dichotomy is why I hesitate to recommend...

This dichotomy is why I hesitate to recommend otherwise perfectly good areas for cycling to some people. There are tens of thousands of miles of roads you can bike (isn't that what road biking is?)...
05-24-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,544
Posted By pdlamb

Personally I go both ways. I try to post...

Personally I go both ways.

I try to post helpful and thoughtful (or though-provoking) comments, except when I don't.

There's a number of topics that have been thoroughly hashed, and...
05-24-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,302
Posted By pdlamb

I didn't see any mention in the thread so far,...

I didn't see any mention in the thread so far, so...

OP, you are pumping the tire up regularly, right? Like before every ride? How fast does it flat? It's normal for a bike tire to lose air,...
05-24-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,662
Posted By pdlamb

How about bear spray? And a little brass bell?

How about bear spray? And a little brass bell?
Forum: Commuting
05-24-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,903
Posted By pdlamb

R&R of the rear rim, brake track was worn badly. ...

R&R of the rear rim, brake track was worn badly. Coupled that with putting new brake pads on, even though they weren't (quite) worn out. I'm keeping an eye on the front rim; my lovely daughter got...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 15,215
Posted By pdlamb

+1001! I call it the foot-down traffic light...

+1001! I call it the foot-down traffic light sensor. :(
Forum: Commuting
05-23-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Felt a lot like summer, 75 degrees and 70%...

Felt a lot like summer, 75 degrees and 70% humidity so it was a cool summer day. I'm still getting used to the temperature, though, so shade trees make a nice break. Too bad most of them have been...
05-22-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By pdlamb

I think we used to add crayons to Gulf wax when...

I think we used to add crayons to Gulf wax when we made candles (back in the last millenium).
05-22-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,622
Posted By pdlamb

Electronics rosetta stone?

I've been poking around, and seeing many ways of "measuring" training or rides or whatnot. Strava gives me relative effort while Garmin Connect has aerobic and anaerobic training effect, and of...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

Warming up, but breezy so it was pleasant (until...

Warming up, but breezy so it was pleasant (until I stopped).



:D I wish! I was stopped this morning on the traffic sensor, middle of the right hand lane, and a green pickup pulled up right...
05-21-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By pdlamb

It was about two months after my MI I got back on...

It was about two months after my MI I got back on the bike, with prescriptions for anti-platelet, beta blocker, and statin. Riding five miles back and forth on a flat, deserted street had me heading...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,115
Views: 26,467
Posted By pdlamb

The city milled out the first quarter mile of my...

The city milled out the first quarter mile of my in-bound commute yesterday, so I had to deal with that this morning. Only got one of four or five lanes done, so it had to be mine. I didn't see any...
05-21-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By pdlamb

Even Speedplay pedals can't read. Give 'em some...

Even Speedplay pedals can't read. Give 'em some good grease (and Phil's a good grease), and they'll be happy.
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