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08-03-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 812
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: 480
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. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,639
Posted By Papa Tom

OK. 'You say so.

OK. 'You say so.
07-27-20, 05:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Papa Tom

I initially tried to get the salmon/black...

I initially tried to get the salmon/black compound, but the company I ordered from sent the all-black ones in error, plus they sent me a set with un-threaded posts. While waiting for the correct...
07-26-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks for pointing that out. To clarify, I have...

Thanks for pointing that out. To clarify, I have been through three different sets of brand new pads in a couple of weeks and the Kool Stop MTB's are far and above the best of all of them.
07-26-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By Papa Tom

Cantilever Nostalgists: Kool Stop MTB Pads

Refusing to let go of my 1996 GT Outpost MTB as a commuter, touring bike, and everything else bike, I just replaced the Shimano Altus cantilever arms with a set of Tektro Oryx cantilevers, which made...
07-24-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 515
Posted By Papa Tom

Sorry, I got that wrong. The BBUN55 I have is a...

Sorry, I got that wrong. The BBUN55 I have is a 73mm X 122.5mm !!!
07-24-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 724
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm not sure where or how you are applying an...

I'm not sure where or how you are applying an Allen wrench to this job, but you need either a pedal wrench or (most likely) a 15mm flat wrench.

VERY IMPORTANT: Turn both pedals to the REAR to...
07-24-20, 06:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 786
Posted By Papa Tom

I also have a brand new Shimano UN55 68mm X 113mm...

I also have a brand new Shimano UN55 68mm X 113mm bottom bracket, a brand new set of black Kool Stop MTB brake pads, still packaged, and other stuff. We should set up some type of trade network.
07-24-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 786
Posted By Papa Tom

Finding parts here on Long Island is really tough...

Finding parts here on Long Island is really tough right now.

Have you found a 26" rubber rim band yet? I may have one in my garage that I can send for the cost of a postage stamp.
07-24-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 515
Posted By Papa Tom

If you, or anyone, needs a Shimano UN55 68mm X...

If you, or anyone, needs a Shimano UN55 68mm X 113mm, let me know. I have a brand new one that I bought by accident, installed, and immediately removed.
Forum: Commuting
07-24-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,639
Posted By Papa Tom

This sounds like a problem that needs to be fixed...

This sounds like a problem that needs to be fixed from the INSIDE, rather than the OUTSIDE. You probably look fine to other people in any helmet. Consider working on your own image of yourself,...
07-19-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By Papa Tom

Humor

From a Facebook meme I saw today:

"People shouldn't buy mountain bikes after fifty.

No, seriously. Fifty mountain bikes is more than enough!"
Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 816
Posted By Papa Tom

Some nice little towns along the CT shore, huh? ...

Some nice little towns along the CT shore, huh? One of my favorite rides ever was from Bridgeport to Narragansett all along the coast.

I'm insanely jealous, as I had talked myself into riding to...
Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 876
Posted By Papa Tom

Dan: I recently replaced my original cantilevers...

Dan: I recently replaced my original cantilevers with those CT-91's and hated them. They did not sit properly on the bracket and no matter how much time I spent adjusting them, I could not get them...
07-15-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 682
Posted By Papa Tom

I think this is what I am going to do. ...

I think this is what I am going to do. Unfortunately, i can't seem to find a compatible crank right now, either. The only one available (Brands, Wantagh) requires a different bottom bracket. I...
07-15-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 682
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks for the productive replies. No thanks for...

Thanks for the productive replies. No thanks for the sarcastic ones, but I'm cutting people a little slack for being frustrated and a little nastier these days.

Four things I want to point out.
...
07-14-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 682
Posted By Papa Tom

How To Deak W. FC-CT90 Crank Recall During COVID-19

So the crank on my 1996 GT Outpost was recalled in 1997, but the LBS sold me one in 2016. That LBS is now out of business, and every other shop in the area is backed up on service for 4-5 weeks. ...
Forum: Touring
07-14-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 816
Posted By Papa Tom

The Holiday Inn of New London let my wife and I...

The Holiday Inn of New London let my wife and I take our bikes to our room when we stayed there. New London is not the best neighborhood to walk around at night, though, as you probably know.
07-13-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 769
Posted By Papa Tom

Is it typically in the shoulder, or in the upper...

Is it typically in the shoulder, or in the upper arm? I have had A LOT of pain in my upper arm for several months and I can't relate it to any particular incident. I re-injure it just about every...
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 816
Posted By Papa Tom

Shelter Island > North Haven> Sag Harbor is a...

Shelter Island > North Haven> Sag Harbor is a great little ride that includes two short ferries. Bring a mask and wear it.
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 816
Posted By Papa Tom

I use North Country out of Pt. Jefferson, also. ...

I use North Country out of Pt. Jefferson, also. If you haven't ever ridden away from that ferry before, just know that the climb toward North Country on 25A is a fierce one, especially when you have...
Forum: Touring
07-12-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 816
Posted By Papa Tom

It's difficult to recommend a bike route these...

It's difficult to recommend a bike route these days because I never know if the towns and cities I enjoyed visiting so much will be up and running with the virus.

I have ridden the entire north...
07-12-20, 05:38 AM
07-10-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By Papa Tom

I would like to see this link but my anti-virus...

I would like to see this link but my anti-virus shut it down. Has anybody else had a problem with it?
Forum: Commuting
07-10-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,133
Posted By Papa Tom

Not always. Sometimes a balloon tire won't even...

Not always. Sometimes a balloon tire won't even clear the brake calipers if they are "open."
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 05:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,287
Posted By Papa Tom

What makes me leery about this is the fact that,...

What makes me leery about this is the fact that, up until anybody was even thinking about re-opening restaurants and retail stores, epidemiologists and other scientists were pleading with us to scrub...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,133
Posted By Papa Tom

I use the Big Apple 2.15's for commuting on my...

I use the Big Apple 2.15's for commuting on my 1996 GT Outpost MTB. They fit fine and there's enough clearance all around them; however, as someone else mentioned, make sure the 2.15's clear your...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,010
Posted By Papa Tom

My enjoyment of riding is multiplied many times...

My enjoyment of riding is multiplied many times over by the fact that I have zero stress about being able to repair virtually any mechanical issue I might face on a commute or out for a leisure ride.
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,334
Posted By Papa Tom

You're never gonna let up, are you?

You're never gonna let up, are you?
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 05:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,334
Posted By Papa Tom

When a local bike shop went out of business last...

When a local bike shop went out of business last year, I impulsively bought a case of twelve sets of my favorite Andiamo biking undershorts (Size L/White) during their Going Out Of Business sale. ...
06-09-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,015
Posted By Papa Tom

Tools, music...they both fall under the category...

Tools, music...they both fall under the category of things we want to hoard but don't want to pay for.

As the thread starter, I was looking for someone to talk me out of buying this kit -- for...
06-09-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,015
Posted By Papa Tom

This, in my opinion, is what happened to the...

This, in my opinion, is what happened to the music industry, of which I am no longer a part.
06-01-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Papa Tom

Are you sure you "busted" the pin? Or did it...

Are you sure you "busted" the pin? Or did it just un-thread itself and drop out?
05-28-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,015
Posted By Papa Tom

As I've said before, if this is the same repair...

As I've said before, if this is the same repair stand I got at Aldi a couple of years ago (listed for $29.99, but I walked out with it for, i think, $13) it was worth A LOT more than that. While it...
05-24-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,447
Posted By Papa Tom

+1 for that, although you can probably get a...

+1 for that, although you can probably get a double for less $$$ than that. I paid $25 for a Sunlite Pro II double stand that works great.
05-22-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,598
Posted By Papa Tom

For years, I couldn't figure out why my neck...

For years, I couldn't figure out why my neck always hurt after every ride. Then I became conscious of how often I was turning my head to check traffic coming up from behind me. I installed a...
05-14-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks. I also use the Bicycle Blue Book.

Thanks. I also use the Bicycle Blue Book.
05-13-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By Papa Tom

Is there a setting for that here in the bike...

Is there a setting for that here in the bike forums?
05-13-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,316
Posted By Papa Tom

No. My job is very physical year-round, but I...

No. My job is very physical year-round, but I definitely don't use the same muscles as I use for cycling.
05-12-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,316
Posted By Papa Tom

My first few rides every year are consistently...

My first few rides every year are consistently discouraging and embarrassing. On Day One, I can barely get out of the driveway without huffing and puffing. On Day Two, I can almost make it around the...
05-10-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,640
Posted By Papa Tom

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05-08-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By Papa Tom

Sorry, ember. I need to subscribe to this thread...

Sorry, ember. I need to subscribe to this thread right after I send this post. That way I won't miss any more of your responses.

Truthfully, I need to look at the bar again to answer your...
05-07-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm sorry. I'm pressed for time tonight and admit...

I'm sorry. I'm pressed for time tonight and admit that I didn't read through all the previous responses, but I'm sure someone must have commented by now that there's sort of a built-in gauge for...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,751
Posted By Papa Tom

The thing I have learned from shooting my mouth...

The thing I have learned from shooting my mouth off in these forums and being called out for it is that we all need to just ride our own bike and leave everybody else alone.

I, personally, have...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,658
Posted By Papa Tom

I don't remove the rack, but I do slide my Trek...

I don't remove the rack, but I do slide my Trek bag on and off the rack and, wow, what a weight difference THAT makes!
Forum: Northeast
05-07-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 650
Posted By Papa Tom

Oso: Has the Wallkill been restored at all...

Oso:

Has the Wallkill been restored at all since last summer? My wife and I drove several miles out of our way to ride it and were very disappointed in its poor condition. I know the OP is...
05-03-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,288
Posted By Papa Tom

I THINK I have that exact bar, with the shifters...

I THINK I have that exact bar, with the shifters intact. However, mine is also a little rusty. Nothing that can't be sanded out, though. Let me know if you want them. It's probably only worth it...
05-03-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,981
Posted By Papa Tom

No judgements here, but I've been riding for 24...

No judgements here, but I've been riding for 24 years on a $300 mountain bike I bought in 1996. In fair weather, I bike to work almost every day and take two or three rides across state borders...
05-03-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,447
Posted By Papa Tom

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.
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