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07-29-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

FROM THE OP: The direction this thread has taken...

FROM THE OP: The direction this thread has taken reminds me of why I resisted buying my wife an e-bike in the first place. There is suddenly so much more "techno-stress" in an activity that was...
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, now that many of you have provided useful...

OK, now that many of you have provided useful info and others have just been sarcastic as usual, I will say that just about every time I am outside of New York and drink hotel, restaurant, or any...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, thanks.

OK, thanks.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By Papa Tom

I will just buy so-called "spring water" in big...

I will just buy so-called "spring water" in big jugs and dump it in my Polar bottles. I hate paying for plastic-infused water, though.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, looks like I'm gonna be buying $4 bottles of...

OK, looks like I'm gonna be buying $4 bottles of water for a few days! Thanks, all.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By Papa Tom

Water Purification Tablets For Tap Water?

You more-serious touring cyclists will probably know this.

I am doing a three-day "credit card" tour, but I want to be able to refill my water bottles from a tap if I need to. Hotel water usually...
07-20-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

I've been thinking about THAT, too. Many things...

I've been thinking about THAT, too. Many things about e-bikes are inherently complicated, especially for cyclists who have ridden standard bicycles with standard-sized tires, etc all our lives. I'm...
07-20-21, 04:37 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

Great post, PC. I recommend that others go back...

Great post, PC. I recommend that others go back and read this one.
Forum: Northeast
07-17-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

We'll see how it goes. I may just end up turning...

We'll see how it goes. I may just end up turning right onto 215 after Haley Farm Park and looping around via Esker Bay and Noank toward Mystic. The next day, I'm taking a ride out to Watch Hill, RI...
Forum: Northeast
07-16-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

Dang! I'll never get through overgrowth like...

Dang! I'll never get through overgrowth like that with my panniers hanging down and my double kickstand jutting out of the bottom of the bike. I guess I need to plan another route that takes in...
Forum: Northeast
07-16-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks, Chris. What I am mostly interested in is...

Thanks, Chris. What I am mostly interested in is the condition of the grass/dirt section beyond the turn-off for the AMTRAK bridge. Of course, if the grass is low NOW, it doesn't mean it won't be...
07-12-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By Papa Tom

So far, so good. I only took the bike out for...

So far, so good. I only took the bike out for seven miles tonight (rain!), but everything seems to be solid with the replacement crank installed. I guess I must have deformed the original with...
Forum: Northeast
07-12-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

Chris: What do you think about the Sunrise...

Chris: What do you think about the Sunrise Avenue cut-through rangie mentioned? On Google Maps satellite view, it looks like the most obvious place to cut through, assuming I can get through all...
07-11-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, I put the "new" crankset (the Acera that...

OK, I put the "new" crankset (the Acera that replaced the CT-90) back on, tweaked some derailleur settings, and tomorrow, I will take a long ride to see if this solves the problem. I had decided to...
07-11-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

From the OP: Although I've expressed how...

From the OP:

Although I've expressed how much the e-bike has added to my wife's enjoyment of biking and her ability to ride with me, I can still see where reckless, inexperienced e-bike riders are...
07-11-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks, Andrew and Shelby. I will check all...

Thanks, Andrew and Shelby. I will check all these things out today. First, I promised my wife we'd take a little ride so she can practice on her new e-bike.
07-11-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, it's the cranks arms coming loose from the...

Yes, it's the cranks arms coming loose from the BB axle. I've tightened both sides several times and they keep loosening. I don't have a torque wrench, but I've replaced enough BB's and cranks to...
07-10-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By Papa Tom

Shimano CT-90 Crankset Slowly Loosening

My dear old GT outpost has a Shimano CT-90 crank that has been recalled. Shimano has not been able to supply the replacement crank (and accompanying parts) for a year and a half, and they now say...
Forum: Northeast
07-10-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

Ha! I meant that I wonder if they have cleared...

Ha! I meant that I wonder if they have cleared the field to, say, make way for an extension of the GS Trolley Trail. I've seen that Groton received a grant for such a project.
Forum: Northeast
07-10-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

I attempted the grass doubletrack once on my...

I attempted the grass doubletrack once on my loaded touring bike and got caught up in weeds and almost thrown off the bike. I'll be riding through there in late July, when the grass always seems to...
Forum: Northeast
07-09-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Papa Tom

Groton, CT: GS Trolley Trail into Neptune Drive...Still Off-Limits?

I think I already know the answer to this, but a look at Google Maps today hints that something MAY have changed. Where the GS Trolley Trail forks off to the AMTRAK bridge in Groton, is the gate to...
Forum: Northeast
07-06-21, 05:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 746
Posted By Papa Tom

I don't know if this is the type of ride you're...

I don't know if this is the type of ride you're looking for, but I once used the 7-mile William C. O'NeilL Bikeway from Narragansett, RI to Kingston, RI as part of an inland route back to the New...
07-06-21, 04:53 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

From the OP: We went out again this weekend. ...

From the OP: We went out again this weekend. She's a little more comfortable with the bike now, so she's not just blasting off and leaving me in the dust every two seconds. I did notice, though,...
Forum: Northeast
07-05-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 746
Posted By Papa Tom

UniChris: May I ask what's wrong with the CT...

UniChris: May I ask what's wrong with the CT shoreline? I've done the whole thing from Port Chester, NY to Narragansett, RI and my tongue is hanging out for an opportunity to do it all again.
...
06-30-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

That IS kind of expensive. I think, at $11-12,...

That IS kind of expensive. I think, at $11-12, the Huffy version is worth throwing in a bag as a temporary fix until we can get her bike home and repair it properly. I will let you know how it...
06-30-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

Excellent post, Joe. I don't have one for myself...

Excellent post, Joe. I don't have one for myself yet, but I am no longer a "Never e-Biker" now that I've seen the world it has opened up for my wife and for our rides together.
06-30-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

It makes me sad to see young, healthy people...

It makes me sad to see young, healthy people riding them around like mopeds, but for people our age (I am 58) and older, I think they are brilliant.
06-30-21, 04:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

1. Too late to go mid-drive; she already has the...

1. Too late to go mid-drive; she already has the hub-drive
2. Not going to invest in tubeless
3. I ordered one of those tubes to test and will report back.

Thanks.
06-29-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

Good points. I should mention that my wife does...

Good points. I should mention that my wife does not ride a whole lot and won't be riding too many surfaces where she'll be vulnerable to lots of flats. This tube is more like an umbrella on a day...
06-29-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

If it were manufactured by anyone other than...

If it were manufactured by anyone other than Huffy, I'd be quicker to give it a shot. I think I will anyway. The problem with reporting back is that, once I buy it and pack it in her bag, she will...
06-29-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

No. I am aware of all the products available to...

No. I am aware of all the products available to make tires more puncture resistant. I am asking specifically about the Huffy Quick-Change Inner Tube in this thread. By any chance, do you know...
06-29-21, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By Papa Tom

Huffy Quick-Change Inner Tube

Before you go off on me, please read why I m asking about these!

I just got my wife an e-bike (don't want to fight about THAT, either!) and it's got a hub-mounted motor with all sorts of cables...
06-28-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

I may have said this already, but the downside of...

I may have said this already, but the downside of her suddenly pulling away from me is that she's not such a steady rider and she hasn't mastered riding around automobile or bike traffic in all these...
06-28-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By Papa Tom

WTF, Shelbyfv? Let it go already.

WTF, Shelbyfv? Let it go already.
Forum: Northeast
06-28-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,001
Posted By Papa Tom

To get this conversation back on topic, the time...

To get this conversation back on topic, the time limit for parking was very loose during the Fall of 2020. Has anything changed?
06-28-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

It bothers me to see young, healthy kids riding...

It bothers me to see young, healthy kids riding them like motorcycles, and I also fear the day when traditional cyclists will be looked down upon by those with the battery power to speed by them, but...
06-28-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

I've done the Aventon equivalent of that. I...

I've done the Aventon equivalent of that. I lowered the overall maximum speed, which, if I understand correctly, also affects the maximum assist at each level.
06-28-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm glad I'm not alone in this. It makes me...

I'm glad I'm not alone in this. It makes me really happy to see her hair blowing in the wind, smile on her face, still putting in her full effort but actually GETTING SOMEWHERE now. However, it also...
Forum: Northeast
06-28-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,001
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm assuming you're kidding, but yes, the Tap is...

I'm assuming you're kidding, but yes, the Tap is now the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge.
06-27-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By Papa Tom

Same here. I hadn't heard this news. Thank you,...

Same here. I hadn't heard this news. Thank you, Blinky, for the heads-up.
06-27-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

On our first ride yesterday, my wife, a cycling...

On our first ride yesterday, my wife, a cycling slow-poke until now, spent most of her time waiting for me at the top of all the hills on Shelter Island, NY.

I'm either going to have to re-think...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By Papa Tom

I found one of these on a bike someone donated to...

I found one of these on a bike someone donated to my "Recycle-A-Cycle" program years ago. I think I may have thrown it away! :(
Forum: Northeast
06-23-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By Papa Tom

I will bring my light saber.

I will bring my light saber.
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
Posted By Papa Tom

ksryder said a few posts back: "Maybe I'm zoned...

ksryder said a few posts back: "Maybe I'm zoned out and I missed a road sign."

I deal with THAT possibility by making up a song about the next cue ("Left on East Street, Right on Main, Then at the...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
Posted By Papa Tom

This opinion usually isn't very popular around...

This opinion usually isn't very popular around here, but I have found the best navigation tool to be cue sheets printed on paper and displayed in a plastic sleeve attached to my handlebar with pipe...
Forum: Northeast
06-23-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By Papa Tom

I sound like a guy from Arkansas asking if it's...

I sound like a guy from Arkansas asking if it's safe to travel to Albany, don't I?
Forum: Northeast
06-22-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By Papa Tom

No! Believe it or not, I'm not kidding, just...

No! Believe it or not, I'm not kidding, just trying to be "light" in my presentation.

People have been posting photos and videos of bears on trails in the Catskills region and other parts of...
Forum: Northeast
06-22-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By Papa Tom

I really want to ride this bikeway sometime soon....

I really want to ride this bikeway sometime soon. Can anybody tell me the ratio of riders who have been eaten by bears to those that haven't?

(Seriously, I've got this thing about taking my wife...
06-19-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 5,187
Posted By Papa Tom

I Said I Would Never EVER Buy An E-Bike...but

I am 58 and still a very enthusiastic rider. My wife is a little older, grew up in the city (without a bike), and never really had the passion to build up the muscles needed to bicycle into old age....
06-18-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By Papa Tom

While I agree with those who have opined that it...

While I agree with those who have opined that it was the heat and humidity that slowed you down on this ride, I will add that both the pandemic and the pathetic election season in 2020 took a major...
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