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Forum: Commuting
04-06-21, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 400
Posted By Papa Tom

Something like this, and leave it at work? ...

Something like this, and leave it at work? ...
04-05-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,782
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool. It does look a little beefier than the...

Cool. It does look a little beefier than the CT-90 that was on there. Thanks for making me feel OK about my purchase.
04-03-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,782
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, done. I bought a Shimano Acera (FC-M361) for...

OK, done. I bought a Shimano Acera (FC-M361) for $52, installed it in less than five minutes, and that's that. I didn't have to swap out my brand new bottom bracket or my derailleur. I know the...
03-31-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,782
Posted By Papa Tom

Update (March 31, 2021): Shimano STILL doesn't...

Update (March 31, 2021): Shimano STILL doesn't have the parts. They are now estimating that they will be available in "four to six months."
03-31-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks, PD. The crank you linked me to is out of...

Thanks, PD. The crank you linked me to is out of stock, also. The crank Shimano is going to provide apparently will not work with my current UN55 68mm bottom bracket OR my derrailleur. I wonder if...
03-30-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By Papa Tom

Shimano Parts Inavailability

My 1996 GT Outpost has a crankset (the third I have installed on this bike) that was recalled by Shimano many, many years ago; however, Shimano is still honoring the recall, offering not only a...
03-20-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,654
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm not sure what you consider "much" and what...

I'm not sure what you consider "much" and what you consider "distance." My average ride is a commute to work that lasts about 20 minutes. My twice or thrice-yearly bike tours are about 50 miles at...
03-20-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,654
Posted By Papa Tom

I switched back to platform (flat) pedals about...

I switched back to platform (flat) pedals about five (or maybe ten?) years ago and haven't looked back since. I do a lot of commuting and touring in stop-and-go traffic, so I really prefer being...
03-18-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,417
Posted By Papa Tom

I like to use Google Maps Street View to see what...

I like to use Google Maps Street View to see what kind of shoulders I'll have, how well-maintained the roads are, and what kinds of food and drink options I'll find along the way.
Forum: Northeast
03-13-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By Papa Tom

What a tease! Now that you can make (almost) a...

What a tease! Now that you can make (almost) a straight run from the foot of the SCT to way, way up in New York State, they had to close the southernmost portion of the bikeway. Well, at least now...
Forum: Northeast
03-09-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By Papa Tom

Here's a ride I did in 2015 from Port Jeff to...

Here's a ride I did in 2015 from Port Jeff to Greenport. I'm going to reprint it exactly as I posted it here or somewhere else back then.

This route is longer than it has to be, only because I...
03-08-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,278
Posted By Papa Tom

I bought one of those stands at Aldi, Lidl's...

I bought one of those stands at Aldi, Lidl's sister store, a couple of years ago. It had been priced at $29.99, but somehow, the store manager ended up giving it to me for $14. Although the...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,074
Posted By Papa Tom

I miss paper maps, too, but I must say, I like...

I miss paper maps, too, but I must say, I like being able to preview some of my road choices on Google Maps Street View ahead of time. One thing I still won't do is depend on GPS once I'm out on the...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,095
Posted By Papa Tom

I, too, am puzzled by this question about...

I, too, am puzzled by this question about "dorky." You're either going to be a bike commuter or you're going to let your imaginary perception about what other people think about your trunk bags ruin...
03-06-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 672
Posted By Papa Tom

Not a bike part, but I am still looking for my...

Not a bike part, but I am still looking for my wedding ring, which slipped off my finger while I was working on my bike in the garage about six years ago. :(
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,589
Posted By Papa Tom

"Later" will come sooner than you expect, and...

"Later" will come sooner than you expect, and you'll probably need the same amount of "stuff" for a multi-day ride as you would need for one overnighter. My point is, don't waste your money on...
Forum: Touring
03-04-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,589
Posted By Papa Tom

You haven't really mentioned if you plan to stay...

You haven't really mentioned if you plan to stay overnight anywhere, which is a lot different than taking day trips.

I didn't think I'd need anything more than a saddle bag until I did my first...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By Papa Tom

Not only do I acknowledge all the walkers on my...

Not only do I acknowledge all the walkers on my route, I also try to connect with as many drivers as possible. Creating a human connection with motorists can only make them look out for you a bit...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,831
Posted By Papa Tom

Not even sure what you mean by "how many...

Not even sure what you mean by "how many times..." because I only responded once. You seem to have zero tolerance for anything I post here, so why don't you block me or something?
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,831
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, thank you, but that's no fun at all. I was...

Yes, thank you, but that's no fun at all. I was hoping some locals might provide "personalized" inspiration to take the ride. Isn't that why we all come HERE rather than Google?
02-27-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 825
Posted By Papa Tom

:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Commuting
02-26-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

I hate to be "that guy," but I have to say that...

I hate to be "that guy," but I have to say that I think your bike shop charged you top dollar for this service. Have you considered learning to do these things yourself?
02-25-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 825
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm blown away by how clean most people here keep...

I'm blown away by how clean most people here keep their bike components. That 3k cassette looks like it's right out of the box. After four days on the bike, mine looks like it has been stored in...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

pdlamb wisely stated: >>>Time of the year. It's...

pdlamb wisely stated: >>>Time of the year. It's February. Within a month, half of the people "discussing" these "issues" will be able to get out for a bike ride. The other half may take another...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

I suppose I am just fortunate that I can still...

I suppose I am just fortunate that I can still replace the bottom bracket AND chain on my bike for about thirty dollars. If this is common with the newer bikes out there, perhaps the OP should be...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By Papa Tom

I never liked those gel covers. They always...

I never liked those gel covers. They always manage to squish their way to parts of your legs and butt that wouldn't normally have pressure on them during a ride on a hard saddle.
Forum: Northeast
02-21-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 704
Posted By Papa Tom

I rode the South County in the Fall of 2020 for...

I rode the South County in the Fall of 2020 for the first time in several years. It definitely needs some patchwork.

Bad timing for me, as I was hoping to make this part of a ride up toward the...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

I guess that's the beauty of all cyclists being...

I guess that's the beauty of all cyclists being different. Although my bike is one of my most prized possessions, I rarely give a thought to lubricating the chain, checking air pressure, or...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

My question was sort of rhetorical, but I do have...

My question was sort of rhetorical, but I do have to admit that I envy people who can tell you how many miles they rode last week or last year. I barely keep up with that kind of info for my CAR....
Forum: Commuting
02-19-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By Papa Tom

How do you guys even keep track of how many miles...

How do you guys even keep track of how many miles you've ridden? My bike is 25 years-old and has been pedaled into the ground every one of those years; yet, I couldn't even BEGIN to estimate how...
02-09-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,655
Posted By Papa Tom

To answer your question, YES, I have had this...

To answer your question, YES, I have had this happen many times. Just about every time I take one of my mini tours, I find myself gasping for breath fighting what feels like a gargantuan hill, just...
Forum: Touring
02-08-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Do you live in Burlington? When I would travel...

Do you live in Burlington? When I would travel to certain parts of Canada on business, I often stayed at a hotel a few doors down from Tucker's Marketplace on the South Service Road of QE Way...best...
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Now I'm not sure whether I'm rooting for the...

Now I'm not sure whether I'm rooting for the pandemic to end or...NAAAAHHHHH -- I want it to end!
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Sorry. I got wrapped up in the description of...

Sorry. I got wrapped up in the description of your SECOND trip and forgot that your Erie Canal trip involves hotels and such. So you are OK with staying in B&B's as early as July?
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

That's great KPREN, and welcome to the group! ...

That's great KPREN, and welcome to the group!

My question is specifically about the kind of bike tour that involves hotels, restaurants, and public transportation. If I wasn't such a mosquito...
Forum: Touring
02-04-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,164
Posted By Papa Tom

Fair enough. I know exactly what you mean because...

Fair enough. I know exactly what you mean because I played guitar as a kid before switching to drums. When I decided, in my forties, that I wanted to play a stringed instrument again, I picked up a...
02-03-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 993
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm NOT a doctor, but I work with several people...

I'm NOT a doctor, but I work with several people who are diabetic and talk about it all the time. One of the symptoms that comes up a lot is excessively sweaty crotch. I am not suggesting anything...
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool. Have a safe, fun trip!

Cool. Have a safe, fun trip!
Forum: Touring
01-31-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Slow is fine with me. If I wanted to get home...

Slow is fine with me. If I wanted to get home and get off the bike faster, I would just stay home in the first place!
Forum: Touring
01-30-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Wow, am I sorry I made that comment about being...

Wow, am I sorry I made that comment about being 58 and seeing the end of my touring days! I totally understand that 58 is not the time to pack away the bicycle, and I hope I can ride until the day I...
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Yeah, that's what I did in 2020. If it's the...

Yeah, that's what I did in 2020. If it's the best I can do in 2021, it'll have to be enough.
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

This past summer, I did two of my 25-milers as...

This past summer, I did two of my 25-milers as day trips. It's not the same having to race against daylight and not being able to stick around for nighttime activities in the parks and downtowns of...
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Was that part of my torn underwear thread that...

Was that part of my torn underwear thread that you won't let me forget? ;)
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

Ha! I fully expected that my "58 and getting too...

Ha! I fully expected that my "58 and getting too old to tour" comment would elicit some "WTF?" responses! I guess the isolation of the pandemic has made me suddenly feel "old." Also, my wife seems...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

It's extra frustrating because, at 58, I am...

It's extra frustrating because, at 58, I am starting to see the end of my "touring" days. Also, my overnighters were always planned around my wife's weekend retreats, where she went away to a...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm glad people are being cautious, at least. ...

I'm glad people are being cautious, at least. Mostly, I'm envious, as always, that so many of you can make time to do multi-week trips. I feel lucky if I can get away from work long enough to do...
Forum: Touring
01-27-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

From the OP: Camping would solve some of my...

From the OP: Camping would solve some of my problems, but I've never done it and have been advised - by people who know what a bug-magnet my Italian skin can be - that I wouldn't like it.

I don't...
01-26-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By Papa Tom

It's interesting that you are having this problem...

It's interesting that you are having this problem with a Diamond Back frame because I bought (what I was told was) the "right" post for a Diamond Back that I inherited, slipped it in about half an...
Forum: Touring
01-26-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,629
Posted By Papa Tom

"Credit Card" Tours in Summer 2021? Waddya Think?

What's the general consensus among cyclists who ride from hotel to hotel and occasionally use public transportation as part of your "credit card" tours? Will there be a touring "season" in 2021?
...
Forum: Touring
01-25-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,164
Posted By Papa Tom

I was ALSO going to suggest a ukulele. I have a...

I was ALSO going to suggest a ukulele. I have a pocket sopranino that fits right in my pannier. It's NOT a chick magnet, if that's what you're looking for, but it will let you make music while...
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