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09-21-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 201
Posted By Papa Tom

I have a set of Big Apple 26" X 2.35" and a set...

I have a set of Big Apple 26" X 2.35" and a set of Big Apple 26" X 2.00". The 2.35's deliver a phenomenal ride, mostly because of their wide footprint. The 2.0's (much narrrower) provide only an...
09-11-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Papa Tom

I had the same issue when I replaced the brake...

I had the same issue when I replaced the brake calipers on a bike fitted with Schwalbe Big Apple 26" X 2.35" tires. It was a very big disappointment, as I LOVE those tires and, like you, have to...
Forum: Northeast
09-06-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,203
Posted By Papa Tom

I'd love to do it again someday.

I'd love to do it again someday.
Forum: Commuting
09-05-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By Papa Tom

I often see day laborers biking to and from work...

I often see day laborers biking to and from work on rickety department store bikes, taking the same hills I take, a little bit slower but always with a smile. I really envy those guys.
Forum: Northeast
08-19-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By Papa Tom

I haven't ridden it myself, but I always hear...

I haven't ridden it myself, but I always hear good things about the Farmington Canal Greenway.
Forum: Foo
08-17-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,953
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, this. Guys who call other people "bro"...

Yes, this. Guys who call other people "bro" typically don't do it as an affectionate thing. It's all about trying to sound young and "hip," although it usually just comes off dopey.
Forum: Touring
08-09-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,965
Posted By Papa Tom

Commercially available chocolate chip cookies...

Commercially available chocolate chip cookies haven't tasted right in at least 25 years, maybe longer. I think it began when they replaced the sugar with high fructose corn syrup and got much worse...
Forum: Touring
08-08-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,965
Posted By Papa Tom

This is what I thought the thread below was...

This is what I thought the thread below was titled; then I saw it was "Who eats 'cookless' while touring!"

Anyway, I'm more of a brownie guy, but yeah, the more miles I ride in one shot, the more...
08-06-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By Papa Tom

We applied it with a rag and let it sit for about...

We applied it with a rag and let it sit for about an hour. Then we wiped it off with crumbled aluminum foil (which didn't do as good a job without the Coke, by the way).

For really tough rust...
Forum: Touring
08-04-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

>>>Governments usually do follow laws, especially...

>>>Governments usually do follow laws, especially federal ones and especially ones concerning water. If they don’t they are opening themselves up to all kinds of trouble, both civil and...
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

I pretty much peed myself watching this. Man,...

I pretty much peed myself watching this. Man, how I miss that show.
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

Thank you. Good reply, and much more useful than...

Thank you. Good reply, and much more useful than people telling me I'm crazy or that hotel water doesn't taste bad.
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

LOL. I drink water filtered through a Brita...

LOL. I drink water filtered through a Brita pitcher at home, carry a thermos full of it to work, and fill my water bottles with it when I ride. However, when I do a multi-day trip or one that...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

It's not plastic bottled water I'm comparing to...

It's not plastic bottled water I'm comparing to lamp posts, it's the water from many taps, which has a distinct metal taste.

Regarding all your other points, I appreciate the time you took and the...
07-29-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 75
Views: 4,456
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: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, thanks.

OK, thanks.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
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: 75
Views: 4,456
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: 75
Views: 4,456
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 548
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: 548
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: 548
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: 329
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: 548
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: 329
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 329
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: 329
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: 329
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: 548
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: 548
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: 548
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: 1,054
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 1,054
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: 523
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 523
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: 523
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: 523
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: 523
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: 523
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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: 671
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: 1,098
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: 283
Views: 10,077
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...
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