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09-19-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
Posted By Papa Tom

How do you guys feel about using Coca Cola to...

How do you guys feel about using Coca Cola to remove rust? I ran a bicycle recycling program in the late 90's/early 2000's with a very limited budget. The local supermarket donated cases of cola...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 396
Posted By Papa Tom

DOH! And I just re-read your post and saw that...

DOH! And I just re-read your post and saw that you were asking about WHEELS, not TIRES! My bad. I thought this was another thread that was going to turn into a laundry list of every tire anybody has...
09-19-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By Papa Tom

YES! I used to suffer nearly-debilitating neck...

YES! I used to suffer nearly-debilitating neck pain just from turning my head around every few seconds. I installed a bar-end mirror and have not experienced ANY biking-induced neck pain since...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 320
Posted By Papa Tom

Man, that's a great idea, but a few years too...

Man, that's a great idea, but a few years too late for me. I have a perfectly good Avenir rack sitting on a shelf because I had to buy the Topeak Explorer rack to hold my quick-release MTX bag a few...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 396
Posted By Papa Tom

As a "casual" bike tourist at best, it's probably...

As a "casual" bike tourist at best, it's probably not my place to make this suggestion, but I think you might get more useful replies if you provide more information about the type of touring you...
Forum: Northeast
09-15-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

Next time, consider Misquamicut Beach and...

Next time, consider Misquamicut Beach and Narragansett, Rhode Island. They are just a little further and will give you bragging rights for having crossed the state line!
09-14-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Yup, I guess that's the answer. I just haven't...

Yup, I guess that's the answer. I just haven't had the time to spend playing around with it. As the weather starts to hint at the end of my riding season, I'd rather be cycling as much as possible....
Forum: Northeast
09-14-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

'Looks like you hit all the towns and sights I...

'Looks like you hit all the towns and sights I remember most fondly from my end-to-end CT shore trip. Dang! This made me want to do it all over again!
Forum: Northeast
09-14-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,622
Posted By Papa Tom

Right thread-starter, wrong thread. I suspect...

Right thread-starter, wrong thread. I suspect this belongs in "Long Island: Good Ride Today?"
Forum: Northeast
09-13-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

When and if you ever have the time and...

When and if you ever have the time and inclination, I would like some more specifics about your route, as the map does not show any detail.
09-13-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,113
Posted By Papa Tom

I know the OP's intention was tongue-in-cheek,...

I know the OP's intention was tongue-in-cheek, but it's interesting how we sometimes manage to turn even our favorite activity into something to feel bad about.

The bicycle, for me, is a way to...
Forum: Northeast
09-13-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

Did you include Bluff Point and Haley Farms state...

Did you include Bluff Point and Haley Farms state parks?
09-13-20, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 390
Posted By Papa Tom

+1 for fingernail polish.

+1 for fingernail polish.
09-13-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Hillrider: I have been installing tires for more...

Hillrider: I have been installing tires for more than fifty years, as difficult as that is for me to believe! This includes a seven year period in which I ran a bicycle recycling program and...
09-11-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Will play some more this weekend and report back...

Will play some more this weekend and report back with my results!
09-11-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Hmmmm.... >>>Are you positioning the ends of...

Hmmmm....

>>>Are you positioning the ends of the Jack correctly, one grabbing the rim and pushing against it and the other grabbing the edge/wire of the tire? <<<<

It seems pretty simple, and I...
09-10-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Follow-up from OP: I just received the KoolStop...

Follow-up from OP: I just received the KoolStop Tire Bead Jack and immediately tried it out on my tight wheel. To be honest, it didn't do a whole lot. What am I missing?
Forum: Northeast
09-09-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

Uni: I'm pretty sure you've seen my route, so I...

Uni: I'm pretty sure you've seen my route, so I won't bore you with it again. Based on what you suggested as an alternate, I would pick up 184 at Subway/Chipotle (new!) and continue past...
09-08-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,113
Posted By Papa Tom

...and she doesn't even look up from her phone to...

...and she doesn't even look up from her phone to check you out. :(
Forum: Northeast
09-08-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! 146 and 154 were part of a longer ride I...

Yes! 146 and 154 were part of a longer ride I did up the entire Connecticut/Rhode Island shore several years ago and I can tell you they were great roads to ride.

When I did the above ride, I...
09-07-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

My two favorite local bike shops closed last...

My two favorite local bike shops closed last year, and the remaining few in the area are "boutique"-type stores that seem to stock only Park Tools, so I find that I am using online sources more than...
09-07-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Papa Tom

It's NEVER the bottom bracket!

It's NEVER the bottom bracket!
09-06-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Update from the OP: Hey, all. I have ordered...

Update from the OP: Hey, all. I have ordered the Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack, but for the second order in a row, Amazon has lost it in shipping. I don't know what's up with them, but I re-ordered it...
09-06-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Papa Tom

Is yours a 73mm X 122.5, by any chance? I have...

Is yours a 73mm X 122.5, by any chance? I have an extra one around (new) if you can't find it anywhere.

I found that, when I first changed my BB-UN55 a few months ago, I had that same click. It...
09-03-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Papa Tom

Tell that to me the one and only time I tried to...

Tell that to me the one and only time I tried to replace loose bearings! Even with the thickest grease I could find, those danged things wouldn't stay put.
09-02-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Papa Tom

Follow-Up From The OP: I received the Hozan...

Follow-Up From The OP: I received the Hozan C-358 Fourth-Hand Tool today and it feels just like my original Park cable puller. I am grateful to know that, even though Park's current version feels...
Forum: Northeast
09-02-20, 04:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

I guess I will try Fitch Avenue next year. I'm...

I guess I will try Fitch Avenue next year. I'm not sure I want to miss out on the ride through Bluff Point, but after more than twenty years of riding from Long Island to the Mystic/Stonington area...
09-01-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool feature. Maybe I will pick up a set after I...

Cool feature. Maybe I will pick up a set after I have either given away - or lost - all of my Park Tool levers!
09-01-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks, 2_i . I have a case of Park tire levers...

Thanks, 2_i . I have a case of Park tire levers that I bought several years ago. They work great!
09-01-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Just spoke to a techie at Kool Stop. There is...

Just spoke to a techie at Kool Stop. There is only one model and it's the $13 one. He was totally puzzled by the "with handle model" and its $22 price.

I am ordering mine tonight.

Thanks for...
09-01-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, I am convinced that the Kool Stop jack is...

OK, I am convinced that the Kool Stop jack is what I want, although we don't seem to have resolved the "with handle" and $10 more expensive issues. I will contact Kool Stop about that.

Just to...
Forum: Northeast
09-01-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

Uni Chris - First of all, if you tell me you made...

Uni Chris - First of all, if you tell me you made it even HALF-way up Fort Hill on a UNICYCLE, you are now my cycling IDOL!

Second, I'm not sure what you mean by getting on the trolley trail "on...
08-31-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

Please recommend a tire bead jack!

My new 26" Specialized tires are a little tight on my rim and need a little love to get on and off. I have seen Kool Stop's Tire Bead Jack advertised for $13.50 accompanied by glowing reviews, but...
Forum: Northeast
08-30-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

I guess if you are entering New London via Rt. 1,...

I guess if you are entering New London via Rt. 1, your best bet will be to follow it onto Bank Street and then Water Street. After passing the ferry terminal, make your first right onto Crystal...
Forum: Northeast
08-30-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 700
Posted By Papa Tom

It has been a number of years since I did an...

It has been a number of years since I did an end-to-end Connecticut coast ride that took in a chunk of the territory you'll be traveling, but I can tell you that, at New Haven, I turned off Rt. 1 and...
Forum: Commuting
08-29-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Posted By Papa Tom

I think the OP meant to say "since COVID-19," as...

I think the OP meant to say "since COVID-19," as in since COVID-19 became an out-of-control pandemic.
08-27-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,452
Posted By Papa Tom

I haven't been buying anybody's resells, but...

I haven't been buying anybody's resells, but after several years of resisting the urge, I have started collecting bicycles and bike parts from people's trash again! I just refurbished a steel...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Posted By Papa Tom

The same confrontational, aggressive behavior...

The same confrontational, aggressive behavior that has permeated the rest of our society is definitely showing out on the road. For the first time ever, I am afraid when I get on my bike in the...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By Papa Tom

Everything Clyde1820 just said would have been on...

Everything Clyde1820 just said would have been on my list. Bicycle accessories can be a very personal choice, so although I agree 100% with the Topeak rack and pannier (MTX) suggestion, I think a...
Forum: Northeast
08-21-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Papa Tom

Decided to ferry over to New London and ride to...

Decided to ferry over to New London and ride to Mystic (my favorite place) for lunch instead. I'd imagine when this River Walk is open, we will all hear about it.
Forum: Northeast
08-21-20, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Papa Tom

That site (which is where I got the original...

That site (which is where I got the original idea) seems to suggest that 32.9 miles are already open in Tarrytown and Croton-On-The-Hudson. Hmmmm.....

I posted here and on Facebook and only got...
Forum: Northeast
08-20-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Papa Tom

Westchester River Walk? Can I Ride It Fri, 8/21/20?

I need to get on the bike before my four-day weekend is over and I'm looking for a "new" ride, about 20-25 miles RT, somewhere in the Long Island/Lower Hudson Valley area.

Has anybody ridden any...
08-20-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm sure there are many that work just fine. In...

I'm sure there are many that work just fine. In fact, from the pics online, my guess is that half of them are exactly the same, made in the same factory by the same slave labor. I've chosen the...
08-20-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Papa Tom

The Park BT-2 is on its way back and the Hozan is...

The Park BT-2 is on its way back and the Hozan is what I chose to replace it with. It doesn't have the locking feature, but that appears to be the weakest link on the Park version, anyway. The...
08-20-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Papa Tom

I just called Park and, surprisingly, they didn't...

I just called Park and, surprisingly, they didn't seem surprised nor apologetic about my concerns. I think I will try to return this item, as it's definitely not a fifty dollar tool.
08-20-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Papa Tom

New Park BT-2 Fourth-Hand Tool Feels like Junk!

While doing a roadside service favor for a friend, I lost the BT-2 I had bought in 1998 for about $30 and had to replace it with this $50 one. I chose another Park because all I hear is how the "Made...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,587
Posted By Papa Tom

Although I am usually a stickler for doing...

Although I am usually a stickler for doing exactly the "right" thing, this is one situation where I disagree with the established standard of waiting in line with all the other cars. A bike (at...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 691
Posted By Papa Tom

One of the things I thought I missed for a while...

One of the things I thought I missed for a while was stopping at a local sandwich shop for breakfast on my way to work. Now that I've had a taste of how much money can be saved by eating at home, I...
08-03-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,295
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, today's headlights and taillights are quite...

Yes, today's headlights and taillights are quite blinding and are probably overkill on a multi-use path. However, I know for a fact that they have saved my life at least once on the open road, when...
08-02-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By Papa Tom

I might have an Alien II (or maybe it's the...

I might have an Alien II (or maybe it's the original Alien) for sale, if interested. However, I no longer use a multi-tool. I prefer "real" versions of each tool I know I might need on the road. ...
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