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12-07-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 236
Posted By pdlamb

A warranty covers the greater of (as little as a...

A warranty covers the greater of (as little as a lawyer thinks he can make the language cover) or (as much as a customer service rep is willing to have it cover).

I can imagine a lawyer arguing...
12-06-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 470
Posted By pdlamb

I was thinking about the front derailer spring...

I was thinking about the front derailer spring that rusted out on me this summer, but I take your point. (Darn thing gave out after only 12 years.) Indefinite back order vs. ship immediately? I...
12-06-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By pdlamb

One approach might be to pick the group that...

One approach might be to pick the group that corresponds to your average solo speed for a few rides. You'll probably drift toward the front; if you end up pulling much more than the average rider in...
12-06-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 470
Posted By pdlamb

Some of this, and some of "I buy what I can get."...

Some of this, and some of "I buy what I can get." Especially when something breaks and I need a replacement to keep riding.
12-03-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By pdlamb

If the bikes and shops are close to you, I'd try...

If the bikes and shops are close to you, I'd try test riding both and pick the one you like the best.

Talk with the shops; explain you want to do a longer test ride than many people do (5-10 miles...
12-03-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 260
Posted By pdlamb

Not to be a downer (written as I prepare to be a...

Not to be a downer (written as I prepare to be a downer) ...

It may be possible to repair that break this time. But how are you going to deal with the likelihood that there's another flaw in the...
12-02-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Posted By pdlamb

I hadn't seen that before. Does someone in...

I hadn't seen that before. Does someone in 'Murka carry it?
12-02-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 647
Posted By pdlamb

Yum. The Danish I could resist, but the scones...

Yum. The Danish I could resist, but the scones look like they'd be great with some coffee or hot tea to wash them down. And since I'm riding a lot, I won't gain weight. Or at least not much.
...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 221
Posted By pdlamb

If it's bad form to argue with the premise of a...

If it's bad form to argue with the premise of a thread starting post, it's probably even worse to argue with the wife of that original poster.

But here goes anyhow. ;)

For all weather...
12-02-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,068
Posted By pdlamb

​​​​​​​Here I thought it was just the BEGINNING...

​​​​​​​Here I thought it was just the BEGINNING of winter. Is it February already?
Forum: Commuting
12-01-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 18,438
Posted By pdlamb

Every now and then you get a "Wow, that was a...

Every now and then you get a "Wow, that was a great ride!" Even in this WFH year, today was a commute that ticked that box. Had to run some paperwork by the office today, so I made a lunchtime ride...
11-30-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 803
Posted By pdlamb

From this, and the general tone of the question,...

From this, and the general tone of the question, I'm guessing you want either an off-road (probably paved) trail, or a network of quiet suburban streets.

cyclezen's suggestion is the obvious...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By pdlamb

I've got a couple pairs like that. I've observed...

I've got a couple pairs like that. I've observed that mine usually squeak louder when they're slightly damp. But of course, when you walk from a cold outdoors into a warm building, any moisture...
11-29-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 913
Posted By pdlamb

Especially this. I don't usually contribute so...

Especially this. I don't usually contribute so such threads, because (1) posters rarely give specific temperatures, and (2) we vary so much that there's little hope what works for me at, say, 35F...
11-24-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 330
Posted By pdlamb

Speedplay "updated" their cleats maybe 5 years...

Speedplay "updated" their cleats maybe 5 years back. These are the newer version. IME they'll work on older versions of Frog pedals, but they're a little more fiddly to install. Just make sure...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By pdlamb

Reflectors or dyno tail lights?

Reflectors or dyno tail lights?
11-24-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,352
Posted By pdlamb

I expect you'll be pleased with the result of...

I expect you'll be pleased with the result of balancing the wheel's spoke tensions.

A few years back, after a long winter of commuting (in the dark, over potholes, frost heaves, etc.), I headed...
11-23-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 436
Posted By pdlamb

I've watched full Camelback bottles "burp" fluids...

I've watched full Camelback bottles "burp" fluids as I ride over a bumpy road. Never had that problem with Polar -- that terribly difficult pull to open, push to close nozzle that was great for so...
11-23-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By pdlamb

Sorry, just following the information you posted....

Sorry, just following the information you posted. It was unclear to me that I was only allowed to quote a different post.

The point remains, though. Given my own (and some others') experience,...
11-23-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 997
Posted By pdlamb

I must have missed something. OP came back and...

I must have missed something. OP came back and wrote:



Where in that post did OP say "for his riding it works really well?"

All I saw was a planned temperature range (FWIW I handle low 30s...
11-23-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,649
Posted By pdlamb

Back before this thread became a zombie,...

Back before this thread became a zombie, Litespeed was independently owned and operated, and made only titanium bikes...
11-23-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 473
Posted By pdlamb

:) A similar situation (too many cycling...

:)

A similar situation (too many cycling clothes already) is why I'm not tempted. That, and not much flexibility temperature wise, and I've already got that temperature range covered (and then...
11-22-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure what the relevance of breaking...

I'm not sure what the relevance of breaking strength is above what's used in ordinary bicycle spokes. I don't remember seeing a recommendation for more than 125 kgf tension on a spoke, and most are...
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,945
Posted By pdlamb

I know the orthodox view is that wool stays...

I know the orthodox view is that wool stays warmer when wet than synthetics, but that's not my experience. The coldest I've ever been was a 200k ride when I wore a wool base layer with a heavy wool...
11-22-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,194
Posted By pdlamb

Found a small cut in tire tread that was chewing...

Found a small cut in tire tread that was chewing the tube until it flatted. Booted the cut. Didn't find the glass shard inside the cut that punctured the next two tubes. (!)
11-22-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 697
Posted By pdlamb

Not in my experience, although that experience is...

Not in my experience, although that experience is somewhat dated, in that I haven't bought a factory wheel in 10 years or more and those were mid-range or lower. It's possible factories have been...
11-22-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 997
Posted By pdlamb

And a good inner shell to protect it from sweaty...

And a good inner shell to protect it from sweaty feet. And the outer shell needs to be an excellent wind block because your feet are going to be well up in the air stream when you're riding your...
11-22-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 897
Posted By pdlamb

Favorite time to ride? When I have time to ride....

Favorite time to ride? When I have time to ride. Bonus points if it's in a comfortable temperature (mid-day in winter, early or late in summer).

When I was commuting, and hopefully, when I am in...
11-19-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 680
Posted By pdlamb

For dishing a wheel (centering it between the...

For dishing a wheel (centering it between the dropouts), flipping the wheel over occasionally works for me.

My Minoura is old enough I don't have the red arms, and have to center the gauge by...
11-19-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,151
Posted By pdlamb

So THAT'S why the prices of bicycles have gone up...

So THAT'S why the prices of bicycles have gone up so much in the last couple years!

:)
11-19-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By pdlamb

Stupid bike shops! Why don't they stay... off......

Stupid bike shops! Why don't they stay... off... the...

Oh, never mind.
11-17-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 667
Posted By pdlamb

I think this is like how to torque a bolt without...

I think this is like how to torque a bolt without a torque wrench (screw it in until the head breaks off, and stop screwing the replacement 1/4 turn sooner).

Ride the Diverge until you or it...
11-17-21, 12:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,487
Posted By pdlamb

She Who Must Be Obeyed tells me I need a bike...

She Who Must Be Obeyed tells me I need a bike ride if I slack off too long.
Forum: Touring
11-17-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,582
Posted By pdlamb

Just for yucks: Do something nice for your...

Just for yucks:

Do something nice for your bike, and get the new wheels. You may notice an increase in speed, or maybe not. But you've probably been wearing the brake tracks down on your old...
11-17-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,151
Posted By pdlamb

I just wipe a new chain with a rag with mineral...

I just wipe a new chain with a rag with mineral spirits on it to get the stuff off the outside, and re-lube when it starts squeaking.
11-16-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 673
Posted By pdlamb

Start of season problems hit everything -- why do...

Start of season problems hit everything -- why do you think it takes twice as long to get a bike serviced at your LBS in early spring than early winter? Batteries that have been getting weak just...
11-16-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By pdlamb

Like Flatforkcrown, I'm not a fan of ergo bars. ...

Like Flatforkcrown, I'm not a fan of ergo bars. So, I'd set them up on a shelf and put some classic round bars on the bike.
11-16-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,308
Posted By pdlamb

I'm usually happy with two rear flashers; if the...

I'm usually happy with two rear flashers; if the batteries run down on one, the other should still work. (And if it doesn't, the steady dyno tail light will have to do the job!) I seem to be...
11-15-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,352
Posted By pdlamb

Couple points. First, I suspect using a...

Couple points. First, I suspect using a tensiometer is similar to using a torque wrench, in that for a majority of uses, a mechanic who works on wheels (or engines) day in, day out, can get pretty...
11-15-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,352
Posted By pdlamb

The Park tensiometer (TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter |...

The Park tensiometer (TM-1 Spoke Tension Meter | Park Tool (https://www.parktool.com/product/spoke-tension-meter-tm-1)) is all I've ever needed. Look for a good price.
Forum: Touring
11-15-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,463
Posted By pdlamb

Leaves just turning, doesn't look THAT cold; but...

Leaves just turning, doesn't look THAT cold; but perhaps it was close to freezing?

0C isn't that bad. If people ride below freezing near where you live, just walk into a bike store and explain...
11-15-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,251
Posted By pdlamb

Over a summer-long tour, I was cavalier about...

Over a summer-long tour, I was cavalier about wiping the chain off after lubing with T-9 (had other things to do besides watching the clock). That resulted in packing wax on the derailer pulleys.
...
11-15-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,255
Posted By pdlamb

If you're comparing the cargo capacity of the...

If you're comparing the cargo capacity of the bike to that, er, truck? -- then you obviously pack too much when you tour.

:)
11-10-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 409
Posted By pdlamb

There isn't just one factor for a given size...

There isn't just one factor for a given size tire, unfortunately. It depends on tread (how new the tire is), tire pressure, and tire load.

If you live where there are measured mile markers, you...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 603
Posted By pdlamb

Thankfully, I rarely have to deal with flints or...

Thankfully, I rarely have to deal with flints or seashells. Glass I try to avoid.

I take the approach that I'd rather risk finding a sharp piece of glass with my tire than with my hand, or with...
11-09-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 552
Posted By pdlamb

How long had you had the Contacts before they...

How long had you had the Contacts before they started flatting? Three flats in three weeks sounds like you either didn't get what was causing the flats out, or it was worn out. Frequent flatting,...
11-09-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By pdlamb

That was my initial thought, too. Pencil eraser...

That was my initial thought, too. Pencil eraser size? War story. Big as a half dollar? Ummm...
11-09-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 403
Posted By pdlamb

Boiled linseed oil has worked well for me on NDS...

Boiled linseed oil has worked well for me on NDS rear spoke threads. Everything else gets Phil's oil; the spokes get enough tension they won't unscrew, but if they need to be tweaked in a few years,...
11-09-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By pdlamb

I commuted for years on two bikes with racks of...

I commuted for years on two bikes with racks of different size tubing. I cheerfully ignored the difference and didn't worry about the inserts. 15 years later, nothing's broken yet.

You could...
11-08-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,392
Posted By pdlamb

I tried putting some coffee from a drip maker...

I tried putting some coffee from a drip maker into a Polar bottle. Once.

15 minutes into a cold commute, I was getting chilly, so I thought, "I'll have a drink of hot coffee to warm me up." ...
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