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09-23-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,630
Posted By Papa Tom

Joe: I'd have gladly donated it to your group...

Joe: I'd have gladly donated it to your group had I read this earlier. Unfortunately, I have already passed it on to my neighbor, another wannabee bike mechanic, to see if it can be useful to him....
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 424
Posted By Papa Tom

I have tried using the radio function on my iPod...

I have tried using the radio function on my iPod Shuffle, but it doesn't hold a station for more than a few minutes. I've had the same experience with other mp3 players that have built-in radios.
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09-22-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,630
Posted By Papa Tom

Sorry, I meant Kool Stop!

Sorry, I meant Kool Stop!
09-22-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,630
Posted By Papa Tom

Follow-Up: So I spent a little time with the Kool...

Follow-Up: So I spent a little time with the Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack yesterday, working with both narrow tires and balloon tires that happen to be tight-fitting on various rims.

I know I'm going...
09-21-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Posted By Papa Tom

For my live production work (which is rare these...

For my live production work (which is rare these days), I have to keep an eye on four iPads and an iPod Shuffle to make sure I don't leave the batteries dry for too long. For working on the local...
Forum: Northeast
09-21-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2,556
Views: 212,036
Posted By Papa Tom

The new pizzeria in that strip is MUCH better...

The new pizzeria in that strip is MUCH better than the old one!
09-21-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Posted By Papa Tom

As a general statement, I feel like electronics...

As a general statement, I feel like electronics have definitely taken a bite out of the fun in cycling. Just to keep my commuter ready for action, I have set up a "charging station" for all my...
09-19-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 472
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: 39
Views: 810
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: 324
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: 15
Views: 425
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: 39
Views: 810
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: 714
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 714
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: 2,638
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: 714
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: 26
Views: 1,226
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: 714
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: 401
Posted By Papa Tom

+1 for fingernail polish.

+1 for fingernail polish.
09-13-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 714
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: 26
Views: 1,226
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: 714
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 414
Posted By Papa Tom

It's NEVER the bottom bracket!

It's NEVER the bottom bracket!
09-06-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 414
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: 167
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: 559
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: 714
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 714
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: 49
Views: 1,630
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: 714
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: 714
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: 1,031
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: 2,456
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: 1,031
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: 752
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: 232
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: 232
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: 232
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: 559
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...
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