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Forum: Commuting
04-06-21, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 484
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: 1,789
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: 1,789
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...
03-18-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,551
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
03-09-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
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: 1,384
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: 1,080
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: 1,140
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: 679
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: Commuting
03-04-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 725
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...
02-27-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 840
Posted By Papa Tom

:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Commuting
02-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
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.
02-09-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,672
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
02-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,653
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: 4,653
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
01-28-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,653
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: Commuting
01-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,523
Posted By Papa Tom

I worked at home for about seven years in the...

I worked at home for about seven years in the late 1990's, right when I returned to cycling. Every morning at around 7am, I'd head out on the bike for a good spin around the area and a stop...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,847
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, so it IS political. I guess I missed the...

OK, so it IS political. I guess I missed the post where I made any reference to any politician. I just said I like the damned bike trail. NEXT THREAD....
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,847
Posted By Papa Tom

I sense that you are trying to make some kind of...

I sense that you are trying to make some kind of political statement here, but I'm not going to bite. I don't care if credit goes to Andrew Cuomo or Perry Como (look him up if you're too young); I...
01-09-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,739
Posted By Papa Tom

First of all, I thought the "S" word was...

First of all, I thought the "S" word was something else, and I was considering publishing a really embarrassing personal story here to make you feel better!

Second, here in the Northeast, about...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 936
Posted By Papa Tom

I absolutely LOVED this story. Although not...

I absolutely LOVED this story.

Although not quite as old as the folks in the picture, I am them in many ways. As I've matured, I have learned to respect others' need for speed, style, and...
Forum: Touring
01-08-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,847
Posted By Papa Tom

There has been some discussion about it on the...

There has been some discussion about it on the "Bicycle Riders of Long Island" group over at Facebook (I started the thread), but nothing too encouraging yet. It seems like a major part of the...
Forum: Northeast
12-31-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 755
Posted By Papa Tom

The problem with this bill is that no one is...

The problem with this bill is that no one is going to know about the law and the only time it will likely come into play is after a cyclist has been injured or killed.

I would much rather see an...
12-29-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,992
Posted By Papa Tom

Have you ever looked into genetic memory? It's a...

Have you ever looked into genetic memory? It's a (quite valid, in my opinion) theory that, perhaps memory is one of the things passed down from ancestors in our DNA. I have vivid recollections of...
12-22-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,992
Posted By Papa Tom

I haven't been able to ride with a clear head for...

I haven't been able to ride with a clear head for at least the past five years. I am hoping that, in 2021, riding will once again become relaxing, rather than a series of futile attempts to get my...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,138
Posted By Papa Tom

The bike you linked to above isn't what I'd call...

The bike you linked to above isn't what I'd call a true "step-through" frame. Check out the Schwinn link here and tell us if this is what you mean by a step-through: ...
11-15-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 650
Views: 44,292
Posted By Papa Tom

Lemond1985: I was that way when I was playing...

Lemond1985: I was that way when I was playing drums professionally in my twenties and thirties. I didn't have a pot to piss in and I was really frugal with all my purchases, except those having to...
11-02-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 935
Posted By Papa Tom

'Love the duds, man. But when I read your thread...

'Love the duds, man. But when I read your thread title, I thought that, based on new improvements in cycling throughout the state, they had given New Jersey a new nickname!
Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,343
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool book/website! Thank you for this!

Cool book/website! Thank you for this!
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,625
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! This is EXACTLY what I do!

Yes! This is EXACTLY what I do!
Forum: Commuting
10-23-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,625
Posted By Papa Tom

Nah, not on MY commute. And even if some don't...

Nah, not on MY commute. And even if some don't see the mirror at first, they HAVE to figure it out when they see me waving them on to pass without even turning my head. In THAT case, it wouldn't...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,625
Posted By Papa Tom

Just Realized Why I Prefer A Bar-Mounted Mirror!

I almost posted this in a thread that asked about helmet-mounted mirrors, but I am not interested in starting another debate over bar-mounted vs. helmet-mounted. I think they are both good options,...
10-17-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,164
Posted By Papa Tom

My earlier advice seems to have been washed over,...

My earlier advice seems to have been washed over, but I'm telling you, I was totally convinced I had the wrong bb, the wrong thread pattern, and the wrong technique until I backed it off about thirty...
Forum: Northeast
10-04-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,409
Posted By Papa Tom

Good Westchester Ride Today...

As I watch the weather changing and the days getting shorter, I've been trying to grab as many rides as possible - with and without my wife - within a short drive of home. Yesterday, we meandered...
10-02-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,653
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. ...

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. Assume the driver is always going to make the worst possible move and be prepared for ANYTHING.

I also do a lot of traffic directing, communicating with...
09-30-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By Papa Tom

I have a bunch of seat posts in my garage. Where...

I have a bunch of seat posts in my garage. Where do you live?
09-28-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,653
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, when I drive many of the roads I bike, I am...

Yes, when I drive many of the roads I bike, I am terrified for myself, the bicyclist.
09-23-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,857
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....
09-21-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,682
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: Touring
09-19-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,121
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...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,121
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: 26
Views: 1,481
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!
Forum: Northeast
09-14-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,481
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!
09-13-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,556
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...
09-08-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,556
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. :(
09-02-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
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
08-30-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,481
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: Commuting
08-20-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,860
Posted By Papa Tom

Although I am usually a stickler for doing...

Although I am usually a stickler for doing exactly the "right" thing, this is one situation where I disagree with the established standard of waiting in line with all the other cars. A bike (at...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 841
Posted By Papa Tom

One of the things I thought I missed for a while...

One of the things I thought I missed for a while was stopping at a local sandwich shop for breakfast on my way to work. Now that I've had a taste of how much money can be saved by eating at home, I...
08-03-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
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...
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