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07-02-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

Are you sure your blood sugar was running low,...

Are you sure your blood sugar was running low, and not that you were behind on fluids? Three or four hours (I'm guessing, obviously) is longer than I can ride in the summer with just the fluids I...
07-02-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 215
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are...

Been there, done that. (Real hardware stores are great!) Worked like a charm until I found an LBS that had a selection of seatpost bolts so I could pick the right size.
07-02-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By pdlamb

What will your app offer that Strava heat maps...

What will your app offer that Strava heat maps don't offer already?
07-01-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 147
Posted By pdlamb

Thinking about it, I suspect what did them both...

Thinking about it, I suspect what did them both in was the bending mode. The dropout and chainstay system deformed when the wheel was installed and the quick release tightened in both instances. ...
07-01-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 171
Posted By pdlamb

That's a lot of trouble. As noted, you shouldn't...

That's a lot of trouble. As noted, you shouldn't have any problems with brass nipple, stainless spokes, and aluminum rim. If you're worried, go find a 2-3 mile downhill and ride your brakes as you...
07-01-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 147
Posted By pdlamb

I thought my steel frame could handle being...

I thought my steel frame could handle being spread from 130 to 135, and I didn't need to worry about bending the dropouts so they were vertical. Worked for about 6 years, then the frame broke.
...
07-01-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 660
Posted By pdlamb

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas...

Been there, seen it before. Middle 70s, when gas went up to $1/gallon; 2010, when it hit $5/gallon. In those cases, gas prices eased, and almost everybody got back in their cars (and F150 pickup...
07-01-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 730
Posted By pdlamb

I think the discussion should have changed with...

I think the discussion should have changed with the advent of these alternate (butterfly and Jones) bars. Perhaps it's just inertia; there's so much that's been written in the last 50 years, adding...
07-01-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,334
Posted By pdlamb

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can...

Yeah, but if you call it dihydrogen oxide you can drown in it! :)
06-30-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By pdlamb

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot,...

Looks like drive-by engineering. Take a shot, "because of a coarser structure, graphite can even be harmful to bicycle bearings," and drive off. Kinds of neglects the fact that graphite has...
06-30-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,239
Posted By pdlamb

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me...

I was surprised today when a motorcycle passed me in my lane.

He gave me three feet or more, so it was a safe pass.

Why was I surprised? Because he was on a Harley, and perhaps because we...
06-30-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 571
Posted By pdlamb

Ride the bike to your local shop (if they're...

Ride the bike to your local shop (if they're still open). Ask the friendly mechanic if he can figure out why your tire keeps going flat. (You may have worn the rubber down to where it's not very...
06-30-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 4,720
Posted By pdlamb

And then did you wake up?

And then did you wake up?
06-30-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By pdlamb

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do...

The O-rings I've got from Garmin and Cateye do look an awful lot like the polynitrile (?) O-rings I buy at my Local Hardware Store (LHS) to fix plumbing problems. (Great, now we can debate LHS vs....
06-30-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,334
Posted By pdlamb

I took enough chemistry classes that I can...

I took enough chemistry classes that I can pronounce the names of most ingredients. I guess the world's a safer place for chemistry majors?
06-30-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 4,720
Posted By pdlamb

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! ...

I'm feeling better! and happier! Really I am! Please make it stop!!!
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 578
Posted By pdlamb

If I were in your shoes, I'd put on one of the...

If I were in your shoes, I'd put on one of the nine-speed cranks you list and ride off into the sunset. Or the 8-speed Acera will work, too. No glamor, just a workhorse crank. That should get your...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,156
Posted By pdlamb

I used "what I'm saving on gas" as an excuse to...

I used "what I'm saving on gas" as an excuse to buy parts, clothing, etc. I figure I'm still saving on maintenance (oil change twice a year instead of four times a year), tires (Yikes! have you...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By pdlamb

With the caveat that every response will be...

With the caveat that every response will be either a variation of "here's what I ride" or "here's what I want," you should look at either a sport touring bike or a gravel bike. You should be able to...
06-25-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 558
Posted By pdlamb

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or...

Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or strawberries.

Or a quarter pound of baby carrots. By the time you finish chewing them, it'll be time for supper. :)
06-25-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 852
Posted By pdlamb

All you can really do is check the chain...

All you can really do is check the chain periodically with a ruler.

I normally count on wearing a chain out every 2,000 miles or so. I just checked the other day, and my 2,000 mile old chain is...
06-24-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 586
Posted By pdlamb

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL...

Never say never; for all I know you're an NFL linebacker who'll stop for 20 seconds between pumping to rest and recuperate.

But I agree, it's unlikely you'll exceed 120 psi with an ordinary frame...
06-24-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By pdlamb

If you haven't started yet, you might be able to...

If you haven't started yet, you might be able to take a round stone in a drill or Dremel and just lightly touch all the spoke holes to smooth the edges off. Be sure to vacuum all the dust out after...
06-24-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,185
Posted By pdlamb

Depends on the church. Some of them have lots of...

Depends on the church. Some of them have lots of iron (as oxide) in the pipes.

The nice thing about country churches is you've got about a 30% chance of there being a spigot on the outside with...
06-23-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 779
Posted By pdlamb

I've left mine on the car (trailer hitch) rack,...

I've left mine on the car (trailer hitch) rack, when I was too lazy (or loaded) to roll it to the bike rack near the door. If you're worried, a U-lock to the hitch rack will deter most thieves. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By pdlamb

Rim brakes work pretty well for almost all...

Rim brakes work pretty well for almost all commuting situations.

I've found only three exceptions to that general statement. First, after a heavy rain or dew and I should have cut the grass...
06-22-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,884
Posted By pdlamb

List price, I don't disagree with you on...

List price, I don't disagree with you on "overpriced." But it's not much work to get them at a deep discount.

What do you consider better than cycling gloves for cycling, and why?
06-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,636
Posted By pdlamb

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades...

There's close to a dozen 18-22% block-long grades in the neighborhoods near my house. I've climbed most of them with ~20 gear inch low gear, usually while cursing the idiots who laid out streets...
06-22-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,699
Posted By pdlamb

Pump (Topeak Road Morph) for me. By the time I...

Pump (Topeak Road Morph) for me. By the time I figure what caused the flat, and get the Michelin wire or glass shard out, I wouldn't save much time overall with CO2.
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,274
Posted By pdlamb

It's a joke, Spock.

It's a joke, Spock.
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,274
Posted By pdlamb

indyfabz, maybe it's time to update one of the...

indyfabz, maybe it's time to update one of the perennial thread starters on bikeforums.

Instead of recommend bike shoes, recommend snowshoes for MTB pedals.

:)
Forum: Commuting
06-17-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 695
Posted By pdlamb

This. When you get to work, pull the Superman...

This. When you get to work, pull the Superman Switch. The mild mannered cyclist steps into the handicap restroom stall, and out comes Super Worker! And the jeans last as long as usual.
06-16-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 647
Posted By pdlamb

I had a few tubes fail around the valve, so I had...

I had a few tubes fail around the valve, so I had to buy more. I think that fits OP's constraints -- if a tube won't hold air, it's not good enough for me!

Helmet -- bought one that was a little...
Replies: 15
Views: 917
Posted By pdlamb

Rarely empty the bag, and try to restock as...

Rarely empty the bag, and try to restock as needed.

Like unterhausen, I should empty it more often. I lost my temper looking for something this spring and just turned the thing upside down (on...
06-16-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,290
Posted By pdlamb

Just as soon as they get the software working?

Just as soon as they get the software working?
Forum: Commuting
06-16-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By pdlamb

Not for commuting, but they're handy for long...

Not for commuting, but they're handy for long rural rides. I can finish my commute (45 minutes) with just one water bottle.
06-16-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 786
Posted By pdlamb

Another plus is that you can often get bars level...

Another plus is that you can often get bars level with, or even an inch or two above, the saddle on touring bikes. Start with the largest frame you can straddle and work from there.
06-16-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By pdlamb

Why would you decide how to spend your winter...

Why would you decide how to spend your winter based on a popular vote? What do YOU want to do?

If we vote for "Learn how to cross-stitch" will you post a picture of your sampler next spring?
06-16-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By pdlamb

I've actually ridden a bike to a (real) hardware...

I've actually ridden a bike to a (real) hardware store, the local Fastenal, and another Fastenal out of town. A good hardware store will have metric cap bolts, but stainless is iffy. Both Fastenals...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 435
Views: 15,231
Posted By pdlamb

Fake commute today. Got up this morning, saw the...

Fake commute today. Got up this morning, saw the temperature, and decided to ride to work. Rode south as usual, made a left instead of a right, went over the ridge (and down it, whee!). Back north...
06-15-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By pdlamb

Fastenal.com, 11567665 ...

Fastenal.com, 11567665 (https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/11567665). Or M5 Stainless...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,156
Posted By pdlamb

When the alternative was driving a car, and gas...

When the alternative was driving a car, and gas was $5/gal, cycling to work was really, really cheap.

When the cardiologist said, "You're alive today because of all the cycling you've been doing,"...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 435
Views: 15,231
Posted By pdlamb

essiemyra, I'm enjoying your ride reports. It's...

essiemyra, I'm enjoying your ride reports. It's nice to see someone here is still bike commuting!

One good thing about working from home is that my wife weeded around our peony this year, so the...
06-15-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By pdlamb

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I've got...

Another vote for the Topeak Road Morph. I've got one on each of my bikes. Mine have migrated to the left seatstay, where they're out of the way until I need them.
06-15-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,489
Posted By pdlamb

I was thinking the 650b models (like the Salsa...

I was thinking the 650b models (like the Salsa Journeyman or Surly Bridge Club) would be a good fit, pardon the pun, for just this reason. You don't have to run it with 50 tires, and at that height,...
06-15-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By pdlamb

OP, it may just be your bad luck. All the racks...

OP, it may just be your bad luck. All the racks I've bought had all the hardware needed to mount them.

Either make a run by your LBS, or swing by a hardware store, Fastenal, or similar place. ...
06-12-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By pdlamb

Firstbeat, huh? I'd been wondering where Garmin...

Firstbeat, huh? I'd been wondering where Garmin came up with those wacky numbers; none of them seemed to line up with anything else I could find.

Recovery time from Garmin I treat kind of like I...
06-12-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 550
Posted By pdlamb

If you've got an old inner tube, cut it into...

If you've got an old inner tube, cut it into pieces about 1" x 0.5". Stack them up (use some electrical tape to hold them together), then zip tie the sensor over the stack on the fork. Ugly but...
06-12-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 672
Posted By pdlamb

Wax it. Like your chain.

Wax it. Like your chain.
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,416
Posted By pdlamb

Two things in BobG's defense. First, you can get...

Two things in BobG's defense. First, you can get the masking tape right on the rim when you start, then spin the wheel. If a gap opens up, or the rim shreds the tape, it's not true.

Second, I've...
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