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Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 544
Posted By Papa Tom

Thumb shifters. I have never ever liked grip...

Thumb shifters. I have never ever liked grip shifters and would never buy a bike with them.
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 774
Posted By Papa Tom

Interesting. The LACK of all these...

Interesting. The LACK of all these characteristics is what made me call off a "tour" along the northern portion of this trail. From what I've seen on Google Earth, and from what people have told...
11-21-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,084
Posted By Papa Tom

Welcome to my world. I have been riding this way...

Welcome to my world. I have been riding this way since I was eight years old.

In the past few years, though, I've come to accept that others are allowed to have their own ideas about cycling,...
11-15-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 941
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! I did exactly this many, many times when I...

Yes! I did exactly this many, many times when I ran a bicycle recycling program in the early 2000's.
Forum: Northeast
11-14-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 83,996
Posted By Papa Tom

27" Coaster Wheel to Trade for 26" Coaster Wheel

I bought this from a local shop that was going out of business. It was labeled 26" and I was in too much of a hurry and too excited to double-check it. It turns out to be a 27" and now the shop is...
Forum: Northeast
11-12-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 777
Posted By Papa Tom

[QUOTE=kaos joe;22305192]I spent Wednesday night...

[QUOTE=kaos joe;22305192]I spent Wednesday night this week in a tent in bear country. I'm still laughing, actually.

...
11-12-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 402
Posted By Papa Tom

Wshew!!!! That would've been a "duuuuhhhh"...

Wshew!!!! That would've been a "duuuuhhhh" moment! But it would have been tricky figuring out how the bearing cages fell out.
11-12-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 402
Posted By Papa Tom

I may have missed something, but did you remove...

I may have missed something, but did you remove the bearings from the cup before you took the photo?
Forum: Northeast
11-12-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 777
Posted By Papa Tom

Ah!!! And you guys all laughed at me when I...

Ah!!! And you guys all laughed at me when I asked about bears on the Empire State Trail!
Forum: Northeast
11-06-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 777
Posted By Papa Tom

Agreed. I've ridden most of it from NYC to...

Agreed. I've ridden most of it from NYC to Brewster and from Poughkeepsie to New Paltz/Rosendale. None of the other sections are screaming at me to take the long drive from Long Island to ride...
Forum: Northeast
10-17-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By Papa Tom

Interestingly, I stopped by the Oyster Bay Rail...

Interestingly, I stopped by the Oyster Bay Rail Road Museum yesterday and was looking at a display about the man they described as having designed "Grand Central Station." Three or four times on...
Forum: Northeast
10-16-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By Papa Tom

In my case, it's the 1970's band "Graham Central...

In my case, it's the 1970's band "Graham Central Station" that got me stuck on "Grand Central Station." Even the band knew it wasn't correct when they twisted the name.
Forum: Northeast
10-14-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 159
Posted By Papa Tom

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This ride has been cancelled due to a cruddy weather forecast. :(
Forum: Northeast
10-10-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,620
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks for this, arbee. I am heading out this...

Thanks for this, arbee. I am heading out this weekend (10/16) on what might be my last overnight bike trip of the season and I was considering Hopewell to New Paltz as one of the possibilities. I...
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Papa Tom

Thank you again; however, my mission was to ride...

Thank you again; however, my mission was to ride another piece of the Empire Trail, as I've already done most of the portions south of Hopewell. Sort of a bucket list thing!
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 11:50 AM
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Papa Tom

That does look like a much nicer ride than...

That does look like a much nicer ride than Hopewell to New Paltz. From the looks of Google Maps, it's a bit hillier than I was planning on, though. Am I wrong?
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Papa Tom

Is the ride worth doing from there to New Paltz? ...

Is the ride worth doing from there to New Paltz? It's only about 20 miles from what I see, but I like to stop and "explore" along the way. I'd be driving from Long Island, so the number of daylight...
Forum: Northeast
10-08-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Papa Tom

Ironically, as I opened this thread to reply, the...

Ironically, as I opened this thread to reply, the East Fishkill Police called me back and told me it's OK to park overnight, requesting only that I stop by the station and leave my contact and...
Forum: Northeast
10-07-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 395
Posted By Papa Tom

Hopewell Junction to New Paltz on Empire Trail: Parking Question:

Does anyone know, for sure, if I can park my car (safely and legally) overnight at the Hopewell trailhead of the Empire State Trail? I am waiting to hear back from the Hopewell RR Museum regarding...
Forum: Northeast
09-30-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By Papa Tom

Pequonnock River Valley Rail Trail (etc) To Bethel?

I may have a weekend to do one last out-of-state ride this fall and I've been looking at the PRV Rail Trail and various connecting roads and paths (including the Housatonic River Trail) that can take...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,091
Posted By Papa Tom

Yep, I did part of the Erie Canal in the...

Yep, I did part of the Erie Canal in the Rochester area, and I've also done the feeder canal that runs through Glens Falls. Loved both of those rides.
I will only have Saturday and Sunday, 10/16...
Forum: Touring
09-23-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,091
Posted By Papa Tom

Hmmm...thanks, all. I have ridden many portions...

Hmmm...thanks, all. I have ridden many portions of this trailway over the years, but it seems the newer portions are not going to be worth the two-hour drive up there for me. I don't like bobcats...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By Papa Tom

This one needs a rack with left and right rails...

This one needs a rack with left and right rails on the top, plus a set of "side bars" that form a "V." Pretty standard. I think I may not be understanding your question correctly.
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,091
Posted By Papa Tom

This is the line that convinced me not to choose...

This is the line that convinced me not to choose this option for a mid-October ride. I'm not a big fan of rail trails on which you can see the end of the trail from the point at which you make your...
09-21-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
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: 1,214
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: 2,460
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: 13
Views: 1,131
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: 16
Views: 694
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: 2,385
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: 2,210
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: 2,210
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: 813
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 11,288
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, thanks.

OK, thanks.
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 4,746
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: 11,288
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: 11,288
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: 597
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: 597
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: 597
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...
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