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01-20-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By pdlamb

Using tubes with Presta valves helps with the...

Using tubes with Presta valves helps with the problem of losing pressure as you attach or detach the pump. Even before I got a pump which would pump Presta valves, using an adapter with a Schraeder...
01-20-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 248
Posted By pdlamb

Seconded.

Seconded.
Forum: Touring
01-20-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 306
Posted By pdlamb

Before my daughter and I started our long tour, I...

Before my daughter and I started our long tour, I brought my bike and a box of Stuff up to her graduation. The night before, she mentioned her saddle wasn't very comfortable. I happened to have a...
01-20-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 248
Posted By pdlamb

I'm on both sides. If you've got fresh...

I'm on both sides.

If you've got fresh bearings ready to go (or you need a break, run down to the LBS to get some), put in new bearings.

If the old bearings are clean and shiny, re-use them.
...
01-19-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 876
Posted By pdlamb

Yep. People get bees in their bonnets (or is...

Yep. People get bees in their bonnets (or is that helmets in the forum?) for the oddest of reasons.

Could be OP wants to try a Brooks saddle (which tends to attach further aft) and needs more...
01-19-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 732
Posted By pdlamb

When I'm feeling obsessive-compulsive over...

When I'm feeling obsessive-compulsive over distance and/or speed, the wired (or wireless) cyclocomputer with a wheel sensor is my go-to measurement device. I've got a nice downhill ridge near home I...
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,786
Posted By pdlamb

Really?? You're looking forward to having to ride...

Really?? You're looking forward to having to ride a recumbent trike???

Personally I'm trying to put that day off as long as I can!
01-15-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 435
Posted By pdlamb

This is my favorite. I'll try to be #3 in the...

This is my favorite. I'll try to be #3 in the paceline behind the guy who's seeing how long he can stay in front. When he starts to fade, either on the climb or shortly before, that's when I like...
01-15-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,048
Posted By pdlamb

Literally, for the tire. Figuratively, for the...

Literally, for the tire. Figuratively, for the bill. ;)
01-15-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,048
Posted By pdlamb

The time I tried to boot a tire with a $1 bill it...

The time I tried to boot a tire with a $1 bill it failed. Another time when all I had was a $5 bill, it got me home. Draw your own conclusions. :)
01-15-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By pdlamb

I don't remember who used it as a tagline first: ...

I don't remember who used it as a tagline first:

Reality. What a concept!
Forum: Commuting
01-15-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 253
Posted By pdlamb

I've been doing the fake commute thing since I...

I've been doing the fake commute thing since I came home last March. At first, and through the summer, I rode the 20 mile "round trip" in the morning, came "in to work" a little later and made it up...
01-15-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By pdlamb

Use what you've got, it'll be fine. And send...

Use what you've got, it'll be fine.

And send me $10 to assuage any guilt you might feel about using the same grease on your less expensive and more expensive bearings. :)
01-14-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By pdlamb

Seems like I've heard that one before. Vaccines...

Seems like I've heard that one before. Vaccines will be approved before election day ring a bell? How about 20 million vaccine doses distributed by the end of December?



A. How many people do...
01-14-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By pdlamb

Physical terrorist? It's what my mother (RPT...

Physical terrorist? It's what my mother (RPT herself) called physical therapists once she had to work with them. ;)
01-14-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By pdlamb

Ah. Does your chart have the bladed spoke...

Ah. Does your chart have the bladed spoke tensions on the back? My original didn't, but when I lost it, Park sent me a new chart (and gauge!) that had round on one side, and bladed on the other...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 406
Posted By pdlamb

PI Amfib lobster gloves work for me, although it...

PI Amfib lobster gloves work for me, although it gets a little colder where you are. Their only "flaw" is they're too warm to wear over about 25F.
01-14-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,182
Posted By pdlamb

Can you expand on that? Phil's seems to stay...

Can you expand on that? Phil's seems to stay where I put it better than anything else I've tried (including Pedro's.)
01-14-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By pdlamb

Just MHO, I can't see much benefit to routinely...

Just MHO, I can't see much benefit to routinely removing press-fit bearings, especially in OP's situation. Repeated removal and reinstallation is going to ruin the close tolerances.

From a...
01-14-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 5,211
Posted By pdlamb

Either you have much thicker tires than I ride,...

Either you have much thicker tires than I ride, or your roads are much, much better maintained. (Unless you're counting repairs as part of tube life.)



Takes me about 5 minutes to replace a...
01-14-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By pdlamb

If you're using the (most common) Park spoke...

If you're using the (most common) Park spoke tensiometer, you should have a chart that will convert tensiometer readings to kgf based on spoke gauge (and the tensiometer should have come with a spoke...
01-14-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By pdlamb

Lesson learned from riding bicycles: You take...

Lesson learned from riding bicycles: You take what the road gives you, and keep the wheels turning the best you can.

It should be obvious; let your body heal. When you can ride again, ride as...
01-13-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By pdlamb

Hear, hear!

Hear, hear!
01-13-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 876
Posted By pdlamb

Can you use one of these? Grand Cru Long...

Can you use one of these?
Grand Cru Long Setback Seatpost – Velo Orange (velo-orange.com) (https://velo-orange.com/collections/seatposts/products/vo-grand-cru-seat-post-long-setback)
Highest Offset...
01-13-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 604
Posted By pdlamb

Loksak: $4-6 a bag. Lasts a "long time." ...

Loksak: $4-6 a bag. Lasts a "long time."
Ziplock: $3.50 for 50 baggies. At 2 months per baggie, a box would last 8 years. If nobody used my phone and wallet bags for anything else...
Forum: Touring
01-13-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,521
Posted By pdlamb

Well... I never felt particularly safe in...

Well...

I never felt particularly safe in Appalachian coal country on roads with lots of switchbacks. Too many people (not just coal truckers) would cut the switchbacks wide, always a nasty...
01-13-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 471
Posted By pdlamb

I use any of my pumps' gauge to pump 28 or 32...

I use any of my pumps' gauge to pump 28 or 32 tires up to 85-90 psi. I know I might lose 2-3 psi when I pull the chuck off, but it's still close enough.

I'm curious, why do you need more accuracy...
01-12-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,182
Posted By pdlamb

As Hillrider correctly notes, just about any...

As Hillrider correctly notes, just about any grease will work for bicycles. If you've got some auto wheel bearing grease, or can get some at a parts store, that'll work just fine.

I've got a tube...
Forum: Touring
01-12-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,521
Posted By pdlamb

A squirrel went up the hill that a way once. ...

A squirrel went up the hill that a way once.
Then a fox followed the squirrel.
A few years later a deer went up the hill.
And a bear.
An Indian followed the game trail to climb the mountain....
01-12-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 851
Posted By pdlamb

I did my first ride your age on my 50th birthday;...

I did my first ride your age on my 50th birthday; it foiled my wife and my sisters' plans to have 50 plastic "Old Crows" emplaced around the lawn in front of my work. ;)

Since then I've only...
01-11-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 863
Posted By pdlamb

Personally, I'd make sure the brakes were...

Personally, I'd make sure the brakes were adjusted and go ride it.
01-11-21, 03:00 PM
01-11-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 441
Posted By pdlamb

Something like a Park PRS 22 is probably your...

Something like a Park PRS 22 is probably your best chance for portable, but you'll pay for it. The two base arm stands will take a while to disassemble and reassemble if you try to pick them up and...
01-11-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 689
Posted By pdlamb

Trying to make a good guess at what I have to...

Trying to make a good guess at what I have to spend to keep rolling. I come up with about a half a cent per mile, on average, maybe all the way up to a whole penny per mile. That covers replacing...
01-11-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,621
Posted By pdlamb

For a most uncomfortable "ergo" bar, that I'm not...

For a most uncomfortable "ergo" bar, that I'm not quite motivated enough to change out, I found some Fizik bar gel. Tape them where you need padding with electrical tape, and then overwrap with bar...
01-11-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 801
Posted By pdlamb

I'm not sure how you could miss the upcoming turn...

I'm not sure how you could miss the upcoming turn alarm on either of my Garmins (820 and 1030) and still be able to hear a cell phone talking. The Garmin turn alarm isn't a single beep, it's a...
01-08-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By pdlamb

One of my bikes looks like it came from the third...

One of my bikes looks like it came from the third world -- unless you look carefully at the mechanical parts.

It's a replacement frame in tan and gold, but they didn't replace the fork. So I...
Forum: Commuting
01-08-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By pdlamb

How long does it take to find and fix a flat? ...

How long does it take to find and fix a flat? (Including time to find and remove whatever caused the puncture in the first place.)

Your desire to accelerate faster is noted. But before the crit...
01-08-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 559
Posted By pdlamb

40 year old bike, it might be time to open it up,...

40 year old bike, it might be time to open it up, clean it up, and grease it up. I think that's like a 30 year old house -- it's pretty much reached its "don't touch anything that ain't broke"...
01-08-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By pdlamb

I'll echo cpach's advice, try to even out the...

I'll echo cpach's advice, try to even out the adjacent spokes. For instance, on the drive side, tighten up #10 a quarter turn (or a half turn, if that doesn't balance it), and loosen #9 and #11 an...
01-08-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By pdlamb

If that's the LBS where you bought the bike, your...

If that's the LBS where you bought the bike, your first question should be something like, "If it failed so fast, how much are you going to give me off the replacement wheels?"

No, unless you took...
01-08-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,307
Posted By pdlamb

Sometimes I carry a 1/4" cable with combination...

Sometimes I carry a 1/4" cable with combination lock. TBH, I rarely use it. I'll either park the bike somewhere I can see it, or count on it being so ugly nobody thinks it's worth stealing. It...
Forum: Touring
01-07-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,521
Posted By pdlamb

I hate feeling rushed to buying another bike so I...

I hate feeling rushed to buying another bike so I can get something like mstateglfr lists. (Though I might get a Sugino crank instead...) In the meantime, my bikes have triples and they're still...
01-07-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 851
Posted By pdlamb

Good think you got out when you did -- looks like...

Good think you got out when you did -- looks like the weather's not going to be so good for the next week!
01-07-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 644
Posted By pdlamb

LOL, tried that last month. Pump it up, it's...

LOL, tried that last month. Pump it up, it's only 5 miles. Pump it again, it's only 3 miles. Screw it, I haven't fixed it yet, maybe if I pump and ride like hell, I'll make the last 1.5 miles. ...
01-07-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By pdlamb

You'll have as good an answer (maybe better)...

You'll have as good an answer (maybe better) going to see what your LBS has. They'll have to deal with a substantial number of customers, so it's in their best interest to sell quality products. ...
01-07-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 644
Posted By pdlamb

I don't think I've ever had that zen moment with...

I don't think I've ever had that zen moment with a flat.

But then, I don't remember ever getting a flat on a hot day in front of an ice cream store.
01-07-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,119
Posted By pdlamb

Old school. I have wired computers (with cadence...

Old school. I have wired computers (with cadence and speed sensors). Funny thing is one of those per bike costs less than the combined speed and cadence sensor package for each bike to hook up to a...
Forum: Commuting
01-06-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,563
Posted By pdlamb

Good point. When we bought this house, I never...

Good point. When we bought this house, I never considered cycling to work (only hippies did that!). Now when She Who Must Be Obeyed mentions going house hunting, I start mentally drawing a radius...
01-05-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pdlamb

Sounds like O.P. is already to the "absolutely...

Sounds like O.P. is already to the "absolutely needed" point.

I'm not as dogmatic as some about chain checkers. As long as I check regularly (gee, is it the beginning of the month already?) using...
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