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Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
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: 4,941
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: 4,941
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: 4,353
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: 4,353
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: 322
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: 4,353
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: 1,823
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: 1,401
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: 1,167
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: 1,167
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: 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...
05-10-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,004
Posted By Papa Tom

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05-08-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,167
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: 428
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: 4,324
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!
Forum: Northeast
05-07-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 518
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: 1,167
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: 3,405
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: 3,405
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...
05-01-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,167
Posted By Papa Tom

I used to run a bicycle recycling program and was...

I used to run a bicycle recycling program and was going to suggest you hit it with aluminum foil before replacing. If you want, I will look for a bar to match that one tomorrow. I was expecting to...
05-01-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By Papa Tom

It always amazes me how far to the left cars feel...

It always amazes me how far to the left cars feel they have to swerve to avoid me on my morning bike commute, which is mostly along a two-lane country road. It seems like, any day now, there's going...
05-01-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,167
Posted By Papa Tom

I am all for supporting local bike shops, too,...

I am all for supporting local bike shops, too, but, like you, I ride an older bike that the shops around here don't "support" anymore. The two shops I used to be able to rely on went out of business...
Forum: Touring
05-01-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By Papa Tom

With all this social distancing, the birds have...

With all this social distancing, the birds have fewer people to poop on, making the odds of you being the one who gets hit much greater!
04-27-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 948
Posted By Papa Tom

I am not one of the more advanced mechanics on...

I am not one of the more advanced mechanics on this forum, but I will get the ball rolling so others can build on my theory.

Assuming it is NOT your bottom bracket, which can create a "ticking"...
04-26-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By Papa Tom

Andrew: Are you the one who was explaining to me,...

Andrew: Are you the one who was explaining to me, in another thread, the concept of setting the straddle cable higher or lower?

I am also trying to grasp what you are saying about the "top...
04-26-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By Papa Tom

I have tried the pads in several positions with...

I have tried the pads in several positions with the same results. These are the same KoolStop (black) pads that were on before and they are almost brand new.

Unlike my lack of prowess with some...
04-25-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By Papa Tom

They are center-pull canti brakes, exactly like...

They are center-pull canti brakes, exactly like the ones I replaced, and the lever is the same one that has been on there since 1996, give or take a few components. Even the straddle cable is...
04-25-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
Posted By Papa Tom

So are the Shimano Alto CT-91 Calipers Junk, or What?

They seemed MUCH too cheap from the start, but I put a set on a bike that I gave away and I haven't heard any reports of a catastrophe so far. Last week, however, I decided to finally replace the...
04-22-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By Papa Tom

If the cable doesn't have an end cap, it will...

If the cable doesn't have an end cap, it will probably fray when he bends it, no? THEN he's got to deal with sharp, skinny cable threads poking his body and his fingers.
04-18-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 251
Posted By Papa Tom

Ooooh, thank you, Trakhak! I guess I stand...

Ooooh, thank you, Trakhak! I guess I stand corrected, as I assume EVERYBODY rides a 25-year-old steel mountain bike like I do. Accordingly, I apologize for the bad advice and will immediately delete...
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Papa Tom

It's gonna KILL me to not be able to take my...

It's gonna KILL me to not be able to take my annual rides to my favorite New England towns for the first time in more than twenty years, but I can't see where ferry rides, hotel stays, and street...
04-16-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By Papa Tom

So, based on Sheldon's article, it seems the...

So, based on Sheldon's article, it seems the mushiness I am feeling with these new arms is actually indicative of better braking power. However, I feel like my brakes were rock solid before I...
04-15-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By Papa Tom

Andy: What you said about the straddle cable...

Andy: What you said about the straddle cable height hit a chord for me because I feel like the straddle cable is too low and the brakes are definitely mushy for the first time ever. I wish I had a...
04-15-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By Papa Tom

This is a lot of work for an $8 set of brake...

This is a lot of work for an $8 set of brake arms. If I go to Home depot when/if this stuff is all over, will they have multiple thicknesses I can try? I don't want to start buying gauges and...
04-15-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By Papa Tom

They certainly don't have the braking power of...

They certainly don't have the braking power of even the cracked, worn-out CT-90's they replaced, but no, I don't think the "play" is the problem. Where can I get this "brass shim stock" you're...
04-15-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By Papa Tom

Play in a Cantilever Brake Arm?

I just replaced a set of old Shimano CT90 brake arms with a set of the supposedly-improved CT91 model and there is a bit of forward and backward "play" in each arm. They appear to be exactly the...
04-14-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

You must have missed my earlier posts in this...

You must have missed my earlier posts in this thread. There was NEVER a measurement. This was the third or fourth time I've replaced this BB and, each time, store owners sold me the correct one. ...
04-14-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
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
04-12-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,114
Posted By Papa Tom

Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that. Artists'...

Oh, yeah. I forgot to mention that. Artists' supply stores often sell very inexpensive (like 3 for $10) neon yellow or orange t-shirts that are excellent for commuting. I find that, if I wear the...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,114
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 -...
04-09-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

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Guys, I'm done with this. Thank you for your help and your unsolicited critiques of my...
04-09-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

My eyes are not good enough anymore (even with...

My eyes are not good enough anymore (even with readers on) to see the difference between 68mm and 73mm. It looks closer to 68mm.

Yes, three pages is a lot of discussion about this. I truly...
04-09-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

In the final installment of my BB melodrama, I...

In the final installment of my BB melodrama, I was able to thread the drive side all the way into the BB shell. However, once this was all the way in, i could not thread the non-drive side all the...
04-09-20, 02:57 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, I think this question is answered, assuming...

Yes, I think this question is answered, assuming the newer new BB solves the problem. I will report back when the new BB finally arrives.
04-08-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

Explain? Bottom line: Is a 68mm BB going to...

Explain?

Bottom line: Is a 68mm BB going to solve this problem? Having surveyed this forum and a bicycle mechanics forum on FB, I think it might. I will let you know when I install the new one...
04-08-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By Papa Tom

Additional update: So, if I back off on the left...

Additional update: So, if I back off on the left side, I can thread the right (drive) side all the way in. This gave me the idea to try again (even harder) to thread the left cylinder (whatever...
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