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06-09-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
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...
05-13-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,931
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: 3,931
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...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,322
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: 1,221
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!
05-03-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,401
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: 1,823
Posted By Papa Tom

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.
05-03-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,401
Posted By Papa Tom

Yup. I, too, share your philosophy about riding...

Yup. I, too, share your philosophy about riding at a pace that lets you savor every minute of the ride, rather than judge every pedal stroke for its efficiency. However, what I have come to accept in...
04-14-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,406
Posted By Papa Tom

The 68 X 113 UN55 bottom bracket fits like a...

The 68 X 113 UN55 bottom bracket fits like a glove. So, either the Bicycle Blue Book is wrong about the 1996 GT Outpost using a 73mm, or my bike is not a 1996, after all. I BOUGHT it that year, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,112
Posted By Papa Tom

I started riding with both front and rear lights...

I started riding with both front and rear lights during the day about three years ago and will never go back to commuting without them. I am so much more visible to sleepy morning drivers now -...
04-08-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,674
Posted By Papa Tom

You're supposed to clean them? I am doing...

You're supposed to clean them?

I am doing the annual winter maintenance on my 1996 GT Outpost right now, picking all the dry mud out of the nooks and crannies and wiping down all the tubes. Given...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,262
Posted By Papa Tom

>>>Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than...

>>>Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than when I was 20. Or maybe I just tried to go up too fast.<<<<

Hah! I know exactly what you mean, and I think your analysis is correct. When I was in...
03-29-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,767
Posted By Papa Tom

I was thinking the same.

I was thinking the same.
03-28-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,352
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks. So the geometry looks sort of like a...

Thanks. So the geometry looks sort of like a mountain bike. I say throw some Big Apples (or another balloon tire) on it and ride away.

I guess I am guilty of the sin for which I sometimes...
03-27-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,863
Posted By Papa Tom

I wonder if this is the year for me to finally...

I wonder if this is the year for me to finally try bikepacking with a tent!
Forum: Commuting
03-23-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,262
Posted By Papa Tom

Unless they have changed models, there's the "DX"...

Unless they have changed models, there's the "DX" and the "DXP," the DXP being slightly larger. Though it may not initially seem like you'll need the extra space, I am so glad I returned the DX and...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,827
Posted By Papa Tom

If you don't have a gauge on your mini pump, the...

If you don't have a gauge on your mini pump, the solution is simple: Pump until your elbow feels like it's about to either explode or snap right off your arm. When you reach this point, you'll have...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,262
Posted By Papa Tom

If that's what you're looking at, then may I...

If that's what you're looking at, then may I suggest you consider the Topeak MTX DXP combination trunk bag/pannier set and compatible rack? It's very similar, with the very cool quick-release...
03-18-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,895
Posted By Papa Tom

Just as work was getting so unfulfilling that I...

Just as work was getting so unfulfilling that I was counting the days to bike commuting season, they sent us all home for, at least, two weeks. Now, even just going back to work sounds appealing.
03-17-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,863
Posted By Papa Tom

Russ brings up a good point, one that I, perhaps...

Russ brings up a good point, one that I, perhaps like many others, have been sweeping under the carpet while the debate continues about when the virus will end. What I'm afraid to think about right...
03-12-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,863
Posted By Papa Tom

I don't have any plans to tour outside of the...

I don't have any plans to tour outside of the USA, but I do go out of state every summer, and this always involves a ferry, a train, and a hotel. I, personally, don't plan to drastically alter my...
03-11-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
Posted By Papa Tom

Huh? I put YOU in charge of testing.

Huh? I put YOU in charge of testing.
Forum: Northeast
03-10-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 966
Posted By Papa Tom

You're welcome. ;)

You're welcome.
;)
Forum: Northeast
03-10-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 966
Posted By Papa Tom

I am faced with this challenge all season long...

I am faced with this challenge all season long and I find that the best way to get motivated is to drag myself onto the bike, get on the road, and absolutely hate the first five minutes so I can love...
03-08-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
Posted By Papa Tom

Yeah, you may be right, but as I say, let's see...

Yeah, you may be right, but as I say, let's see what those who pulled the trigger on this item think about it.

A few months ago, I bought a fold-up cross-bar tire lug wrench to keep in my car. It...
03-08-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
Posted By Papa Tom

Hmm, it looks like COFFEEDRINKER thought it was a...

Hmm, it looks like COFFEEDRINKER thought it was a good idea. Let's see how things work out. Years ago, I played Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall several times with a really cheap set...
03-07-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,684
Posted By Papa Tom

I ride a mountain bike and use the Mountain...

I ride a mountain bike and use the Mountain Mirrycle. They also make a road version. Love it, wouldn't ever ride without one again, end of discussion, as far as I'm concerned. But brace yourself,...
03-07-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
Posted By Papa Tom

They also have a bike repair stand for $29.99,...

They also have a bike repair stand for $29.99, and if it's the same one that I bought at Aldi for $13.99 (it probably is), it is very good quality and well worth having as a spare.

>>>>>Invest in...
03-06-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,351
Posted By Papa Tom

Bicycle Tool Kit at Lidl Market $19.99

I'm guessing that, by now, many of you have seen or heard about the bazillion-piece bicycle tool kit available at Lidl Market for twenty bucks? Lidl Market has been taking over some of the Best...
02-24-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,324
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm so tired of cyclists trashing the kickstand...

I'm so tired of cyclists trashing the kickstand and anyone who uses one. People buy expensive bikes and cringe any time they get the slightest scratch, but then they'll argue 'til they're blue in...
Forum: Touring
02-18-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,566
Posted By Papa Tom

There are SO many options available these days. I...

There are SO many options available these days. I have a small "cube" speaker by a manufacturer named BEM, but it's just one of many you can find at a reasonable price that will put out pleasant,...
02-06-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By Papa Tom

Ha! Now I gotcha. Funny you should mention...

Ha! Now I gotcha. Funny you should mention that, because my eyes have gone to the trash in the past year. They are so bad that I can barely find the TOOL, let alone any specific wrench on it. I...
02-06-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By Papa Tom

Why?

Why?
02-02-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 675
Posted By Papa Tom

By the way, the Shimano BR-CT91 calipers were a...

By the way, the Shimano BR-CT91 calipers were a great call. They went on easily and work great. I think I will order an extra set or two for future fixer-uppers!
02-01-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By Papa Tom

Park AWS-1 Y-Shaped Hex Wrench...a no-brainer

I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. After struggling with the "pocketknife" version of Park's AWS-10 hex wrench set (which never allowed for enough torque and always got hung up on some...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 994
Posted By Papa Tom

Poor print mags. There's so much available...

Poor print mags. There's so much available online these days, I just can't bring myself to pay $$$ for a magazine as thick as a quarter. As an author of (paper) books, I should be more sensitive to...
01-28-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,725
Posted By Papa Tom

You won't know until your third or fourth ride. ...

You won't know until your third or fourth ride. I am 57 and my first ride of the season is always a huff-and-puff fest. By the 2nd or 3rd, I can do 40-50 miles without a second thought. After a...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,606
Posted By Papa Tom

OMG, so there's an overnight ride I do every year...

OMG, so there's an overnight ride I do every year that includes some road, some off-road and ALWAYS involves my rack and panniers. Am I touring or backpacking??? I need to know, otherwise, I can't,...
01-13-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,266
Posted By Papa Tom

A pedal wrench is one of those things you just...

A pedal wrench is one of those things you just don't need to research that hard, in my opinion. You either have one or you don't. The Park PW-3 has worked very well for me over the years so I never...
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,837
Posted By Papa Tom

Are you totally averse to balloon tires? The...

Are you totally averse to balloon tires? The Schwalbe Big Apple provides that fat tire look, but without the knobbies. More importantly, it's a nice cushioned ride for casual touring. I had...
01-04-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 735
Posted By Papa Tom

You're not the only one who has brain farts...

You're not the only one who has brain farts around here, although I equate mine to general anxiety about the state of "the world" right now. (Unfortunately, I can't say what I REALLY mean.)
...
12-27-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, problem solved. On a whim, I decided to try...

OK, problem solved. On a whim, I decided to try a different power cable. Now my Cygolite is blinking as usual as it is charging. Somehow, the cable that came with it (which I have been using all...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,918
Posted By Papa Tom

I found that having no experience with touring...

I found that having no experience with touring was one of my best assets when I started out! I have been touring (if that's what you call the types of overnight credit card trips I do) on a...
12-09-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,627
Posted By Papa Tom

When my wife turned 60, I noticed she was slowing...

When my wife turned 60, I noticed she was slowing down, too. I solved the problem by trading her in for two 30-year-olds.

(Just kidding, of course. This thread needed some levity that doesn't...
12-03-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By Papa Tom

It's so hard to explain these days to people who...

It's so hard to explain these days to people who don't ride. All they seem to know from cycling is the sore ass part.
11-12-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,372
Posted By Papa Tom

...And stop sending soldiers into harm's way...

...And stop sending soldiers into harm's way under the pretense of protecting our freedom when they are often sent there to protect the profits of greedy large corporation owners. I salute all of...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-19, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,375
Posted By Papa Tom

I fixed it by leveling out the angle of my...

I fixed it by leveling out the angle of my saddle. Once the pointed front-end of the saddle stopped jabbing my crotch with every pedal stroke, the problem went away. The pain you are experiencing now...
11-01-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By Papa Tom

My initial instinct was to keep an eye on them...

My initial instinct was to keep an eye on them between November and April and just re-charge them once or twice during that time. In fact, that's what I did last winter. However, that was before I...
10-05-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,887
Posted By Papa Tom

One Thing About Touring in Your 50's and Beyond Is...

...that, when you arrive at your destination, people aren't clamoring to talk to you anymore.

I still really enjoy taking one-nighter rides, but I miss the way people used to come out of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,910
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes. I do not commute (or ride at all, for that...

Yes. I do not commute (or ride at all, for that matter) at night, so my Cygolite Hotshot 150 and Cygolite Metro 850 are solely for daytime use.
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