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Forum: Touring 07-28-16, 05:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 113
Posted By Papa Tom
If You Haven't Already Thought Of This...

For the past several years, I have been saving torn and thread-bare underwear (that would normally be tossed in the trash or used as rags) to use for overnight rides. When I get to my location...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-28-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By Papa Tom
As mentioned earlier, I have an Ultimate Support...

As mentioned earlier, I have an Ultimate Support work stand that I love, but I am also amazed at how many repairs I can perform just balancing my bike on its double-leg kickstand!
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-28-16, 04:31 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,231
Posted By Papa Tom
Mirrycle MTB mirror. I can't believe I rode on...

Mirrycle MTB mirror. I can't believe I rode on the street without one for so many years. Best $15 I ever spent on my bike.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-27-16, 02:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,348
Posted By Papa Tom
I have an older Ultimate Support tripod stand,...

I have an older Ultimate Support tripod stand, which I believe is now sold under the Feedback Sports brand. It's very solid and I would buy another one.
Forum: Northeast 07-26-16, 06:33 PM
Replies: 980
Views: 71,019
Posted By Papa Tom
This sounds very similar to a ride my neighbor...

This sounds very similar to a ride my neighbor dragged me on a few years back. If it's the same, then I can vouch that it's a really cool route.
Forum: Touring 07-25-16, 12:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 471
Posted By Papa Tom
A Social History of The Bicycle by Robert A....

A Social History of The Bicycle by Robert A. Smith traces the invention of the bicycle and how it changed our culture beginning in the late 1800's. You will be amazed at how much cyclists were hated...
Forum: Northeast 07-25-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 980
Views: 71,019
Posted By Papa Tom
I used to do a very similar Queens ride on a...

I used to do a very similar Queens ride on a regular basis, and yeah, I know exactly what you mean about the smells during the hot summer months. It's a great ride, though, and as you said, even...
Forum: Northeast 07-24-16, 11:46 AM
Replies: 980
Views: 71,019
Posted By Papa Tom
Sitting at the lobby computer of the Holiday Inn...

Sitting at the lobby computer of the Holiday Inn Express in Milford, CT after riding Syosset to Pt. Jefferson and Bridgeport to Milford this morning. I think it's about 30 miles to PJ from Syosset...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-24-16, 11:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
I think this might end up as a double-post, but...

I think this might end up as a double-post, but here's a final word from me (the OP) on this subject.

I didn't think much about it when, a couple of hours after my sidewall blowout last weekend, I...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 05:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
Ah hum...What do you mean "the age of tubular...

Ah hum...What do you mean "the age of tubular tires?" Did I miss something? Are tires with tubes history? I hope not, because I just stocked up on spare tubes!

Anyway, this thread has dragged...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 235
Posted By Papa Tom
I used to run a bicycle recycling program and we...

I used to run a bicycle recycling program and we had to work with whatever replacement parts we could get our hands on. We got away with using narrower rim strips on wider rims most of the time, but...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By Papa Tom
I can't really see the severity of the cracks,...

I can't really see the severity of the cracks, but eventually, a crack will separate enough so that a portion of the tube will poke through it. Then, when you hit just the right little bump, the...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 01:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
(This was a reply to those photos of beadless...

(This was a reply to those photos of beadless spare tires rolled under top tubes, behind saddles, etc.)

Yeah, but I ride wider (2.35") tires, so mine wouldn't fold away so neatly!
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 11:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
I'm just ignoring him/her, Rowan. But it's...

I'm just ignoring him/her, Rowan. But it's pretty funny, because I'm usually the one suggesting that people might be overthinking and overanalyzing things on these bicycle discussion boards. The...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-16, 04:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
Thanks, 79pmooney.

Thanks, 79pmooney.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-22-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 374
Posted By Papa Tom
Are you riding on the highway?

Are you riding on the highway?
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-22-16, 07:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
Ah HAH!...But I DID NOT say the Tyvek boot worked...

Ah HAH!...But I DID NOT say the Tyvek boot worked perfectly! The tube started to poke its head through almost immediately. I was just lucky to get as far as I did without a second blowout. Now I'm...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-22-16, 11:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
Nyuck-nyuck! That's much better than MY joke!

Nyuck-nyuck! That's much better than MY joke!
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-22-16, 04:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
We're only talking about getting out of a jam...

We're only talking about getting out of a jam until you can find a bike shop. I don't think pointy objects, a 2 to 3-week patch, or the difference between gaffers and gorilla tape will make much...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-21-16, 08:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
>>>My other go-to boot besides the Park Tool...

>>>My other go-to boot besides the Park Tool boots are pieces of Kevlar fabric from drum heads.<<<<

Shoot! I think I still have an old Evan's Kevlar head around from the late 70's that I can cut...
Forum: Commuting 07-21-16, 08:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 883
Posted By Papa Tom
In general, I long for a simpler bike, and...

In general, I long for a simpler bike, and coaster brakes would definitely contribute toward that goal. However, I ride coaster-equipped bikes occasionally and I can see why many people don't trust...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-21-16, 08:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
I had never thought about carrying one of those...

I had never thought about carrying one of those wireless folding tires in my bag before this incident, but now it seems like a good idea. I know nothing about them, so I will do some research right...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-21-16, 07:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 726
Posted By Papa Tom
Pieces of sidewall as tire boots? And what about commercially available boots?

I had a sidewall blowout about 100 miles from home last weekend and, needless to say, I was really glad I had brought along some pieces of Tyvek envelope and a small length of gaffers tape to make a...
Forum: Northeast 07-20-16, 07:26 PM
Replies: 980
Views: 71,019
Posted By Papa Tom
The wind heading south in the late afternoon can...

The wind heading south in the late afternoon can be enough to make you want to turn around and go visit the ice cream truck at Cedar Creek Park instead. I'm pretty sure I have done in the negative...
Forum: Touring 07-20-16, 02:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,357
Posted By Papa Tom
My bike mechanic suggested that I cut a few...

My bike mechanic suggested that I cut a few pieces of sidewall off the damaged tire and tuck them in my bag as a boot for the next emergency. Sounds logical.
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