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Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 89
Posted By Papa Tom

Has Anybody used Both Schwalbe Big Apples and Schwalbe Fat Franks?

...and can you answer a couple of questions?

The 26" X 2.35" Big Apples I am currently using on my bike for commuting and overnight trips are just about ready for replacement. Recently, I heard...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Papa Tom

Swimmers spit in their goggles to keep them from...

Swimmers spit in their goggles to keep them from fogging up. I wonder if this would work on bicycle goggles that are not underwater.
10-07-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By Papa Tom

I KNEW the underwear thing would come up as soon...

I KNEW the underwear thing would come up as soon as I saw IndyFabz join this thread. For the record, I have not worn underwear under my cycling shorts in AT LEAST a year!
Forum: Commuting
10-07-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

I think Tom said it just fine. Nobody is dissing...

I think Tom said it just fine. Nobody is dissing Jim as a person; just his method of posting. He has some very useful things to say, but people are skipping his posts because they find them too...
10-07-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By Papa Tom

My experience is the opposite of what some of you...

My experience is the opposite of what some of you have described using the adjective "safe." I think I am at the in-between age where I still look like I could be a creep-on- a-bike. Perhaps this...
10-06-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By Papa Tom

Got a good laugh out of that one!

Got a good laugh out of that one!
10-06-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By Papa Tom

I totally get it, as that's how it is for me at...

I totally get it, as that's how it is for me at work, where scores of young teachers and parents "flirt" with me every day, as if I were their grandfather.

However, I didn't mean for the part...
Forum: Northeast
10-06-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By Papa Tom

Autumn 2019: ACORNS!!!!

Long Island 10/19: I thought it was just me, but I just heard on NPR that 2019 is a record year for acorns in the northeast. I've been dodging these nasty little nuts all month, barely avoiding...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Yeah, what is it with people completely ignoring...

Yeah, what is it with people completely ignoring STOP signs and red lights lately? Have we gotten that close to a lawless society?

On a similar note, there's a driver along my commute who...
10-05-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By Papa Tom

One Thing About Touring in Your 50's and Beyond Is...

...that, when you arrive at your destination, people aren't clamoring to talk to you anymore.

I still really enjoy taking one-nighter rides, but I miss the way people used to come out of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

I have to say that, despite some of the silly...

I have to say that, despite some of the silly stuff going on in this thread I started, I've picked up a few good pointers about the placement and angling of lights and will probably be making some...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

And I was just feeling really awesome that this...

And I was just feeling really awesome that this thread hadn't turned into a spit-fight yet.
10-02-19, 04:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,102
Posted By Papa Tom

Go for it, gomango. Thanks, golfr!

Go for it, gomango. Thanks, golfr!
10-01-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,102
Posted By Papa Tom

I know this is a very old thread, but mstateglfr,...

I know this is a very old thread, but mstateglfr, how did those Fat Franks work out for you? My Big Apples are ready for retirement and I wouldn't mind saving a few bucks on a comparable Schwalbe...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes. I do not commute (or ride at all, for that...

Yes. I do not commute (or ride at all, for that matter) at night, so my Cygolite Hotshot 150 and Cygolite Metro 850 are solely for daytime use.
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes. That "Steady/Pulse" mode was the...

Yes. That "Steady/Pulse" mode was the deal-clencher when I bought my Cygolite, too. I find it more effective (and less offensive) than a constant strobe effect during the day. At night, I'd...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

My feeling is that people equate flashing lights...

My feeling is that people equate flashing lights with police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles. By law and by instinct, most drivers take notice when they see the flashing...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

What a great idea, the front and rear lights on...

What a great idea, the front and rear lights on the helmet! I'll bet this has been around for a while and that I just haven't been aware of the option. My only concern would be that "the look" is...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

That-a-way, Jim. You're doing great. And my...

That-a-way, Jim. You're doing great. And my apology to rumrunn6 for dragging him into this.

Regarding the daytime lights, I only wish I had one switch to turn them both off when I arrive at...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Jim: Consider this an intervention. All of...

Jim:

Consider this an intervention. All of us who love you want to see you kick the quotes!

Now, anyway, back to the daytime light discussion...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Jim: Gotta say that I, too, have trouble...

Jim: Gotta say that I, too, have trouble following those embedded quotes, Also, I strongly disagree that cyclists do not need to be seen from the front.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

So how many lights is too many? I have one...

So how many lights is too many? I have one 850-lumen headlight set to steady/pulse and one 150-lumen taillight set to a delayed blink. I feel like they are perfect. At what point do you think...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Part of my morning commute is on a quiet...

Part of my morning commute is on a quiet "country" road, heading directly into a blinding sun. When I drive this road at the hour I commute, I cannot see ANYTHING on the side of the road, let alone...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,968
Posted By Papa Tom

Daytime Lights: Best Thing I Ever Did

For anyone on the fence about whether to add daytime lights to your commuter, I just want to say that mine have added a much, much better sense of security to my rides, both to and from work. People...
Forum: Northeast
09-19-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By Papa Tom

Bronx, NY: Stairway to S. County Trailway from Palmer Road?

If I can manage to get out of work this weekend (Sept 21-22), I am considering a ride on the various trails from Brewster, NY to the Bronxville Metro North Station. The Google Maps directions for...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By Papa Tom

I absolutely love my Topeak Explorer rack with...

I absolutely love my Topeak Explorer rack with the Topeak MTX trunk bag/fold-out pannier. I believe it's the "DX" - the largest one they make.

Like most stuff these days, it's not made the way...
Forum: Northeast
09-05-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Papa Tom

>>>>>- Extension of the Duchess Rail Trail south...

>>>>>- Extension of the Duchess Rail Trail south east from Hopewell Junction to Brewster. In the works supposedly and will mean bike path from Kingston to Hopewell then to Brewster and then the...
Forum: Northeast
09-04-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Papa Tom

All very exciting. I hope I am able to ride long...

All very exciting. I hope I am able to ride long enough to see all these projects completed.
Forum: Northeast
09-03-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Papa Tom

Ah...now I know what the "multi-quote" button is...

Ah...now I know what the "multi-quote" button is for! (See my replies below)



Hmm, the improvements certainly didn't show. I believe we were up there two years ago and it was nothing like...
Forum: Northeast
09-03-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Papa Tom

I have a feeling that all the trails up there are...

I have a feeling that all the trails up there are eventually going to be folded into the Empire State Trail, which is how the trail into New Paltz is signed. I can see where that might physically be...
Forum: Northeast
09-02-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 873
Posted By Papa Tom

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Condition - Labor Day Weekend 2019

'Taking a chance on posting here again. Go easy on me and I will try not to piss anyone off.

This weekend, my wife and I took a last-minute drive upstate (NY) with our bikes and, after doing the...
Forum: Northeast
08-22-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 8,428
Views: 935,211
Posted By Papa Tom

Holy spokes! Is that all one reply??? Thank...

Holy spokes! Is that all one reply??? Thank you, Jim, for not making me feel like a doofus for having lost all that Boston info you gave me a couple of years ago. Somehow, it never made the...
Forum: Northeast
08-22-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8,428
Views: 935,211
Posted By Papa Tom

Hey, before I spend $1,000 for three nights at...

Hey, before I spend $1,000 for three nights at the Marlowe Hotel by the science museum, can anybody suggest a less expensive - but decent hotel with easy access to the Charles River/Dudley Bikeway...
08-12-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

'Just took a pretty long day trip on the saddle I...

'Just took a pretty long day trip on the saddle I mended with Gorilla Super Glue Gel. It seems very solid, having survived hours in the hot sun while the bike was parked on a ferry and outside the...
08-05-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

I ended up using Gorilla Super Glue GEL on the...

I ended up using Gorilla Super Glue GEL on the crack. Now that it has set, it seems that this repair might have caused problems if the crack had fallen on a part of the saddle that gets sat on;...
07-24-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

So the guy at Home Depot talked me out of liquid...

So the guy at Home Depot talked me out of liquid electrical tape, which he apparently uses all the time for electrical work. He wasn't too confident about recommending anything else, but thought I...
07-24-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

Yeah. If I were the type of guy to just buy a...

Yeah. If I were the type of guy to just buy a new saddle, I wouldn't still be riding a 1996 GT Outpost. The bike itself is plastered with decals of all the places it has been in 23 years. Someday,...
07-23-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

I find that any time I try to repair something I...

I find that any time I try to repair something I sit on with tape, I ultimately end up walking around some fancy store with tape stuck to my butt.

Seriously, does Gorilla Tape get gooey on top...
07-23-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

Wow, you guys are ambitious. Although I have...

Wow, you guys are ambitious. Although I have successfully accomplished a few restoration projects in my time, I have never been very lucky with fabric. I think I'd just buy one of those stretchy...
07-16-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,068
Posted By Papa Tom

Repairing A Vinyl Saddle

Hundreds (probably thousands) of miles down the road, the original saddle on my 1996 GT Outpost is finally showing some signs of wear. Returning from an interstate overnight bike trip this weekend,...
Forum: Northeast
07-10-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,408
Posted By Papa Tom

Recommendation For Those Who Like To Ride To The Beach

For years, I have been looking for a compact sand chair to carry on my bicycle when I ride to one of the nearby Long Island beaches. I finally found a cheapo solution in this blow-up thingy I found...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,845
Posted By Papa Tom

By the way, I no longer wear civilian-style...

By the way, I no longer wear civilian-style underwear under my Andiamo padded shorts. These forums talked me out of that. I still do take really tattered old t-shirts and socks on overnight bike...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,845
Posted By Papa Tom

I've stayed away from the forums for a while...

I've stayed away from the forums for a while because I always seem to be inadvertently offending people; however, I am always willing to put all that aside when I see a fellow bicyclist in crisis...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 929
Posted By Papa Tom

I commute on Big Apples and love them. I had...

I commute on Big Apples and love them. I had originally planned to purchase Maxxis Hookworms, but 2.5's wouldn't clear my frame. I think the DTH is 2.3, right? If it fits yours and rides anything...
Forum: Northeast
03-07-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 913
Posted By Papa Tom

Long Island: Visentin Bicycle Shop (Oyster Bay) Closing

This quirky place has been my favorite bicycle shop for several years. As a die-hard sucker for my 1996 GT Outpost MTB, I have really enjoyed having a place to go for parts that most other stores no...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,653
Posted By Papa Tom

What friends and acquaintances have experienced...

What friends and acquaintances have experienced is people stealing bikes from storefronts, etc., riding them a few blocks, then crashing them into a tree or throwing them down a hillside. This type...
Forum: Touring
03-03-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,827
Posted By Papa Tom

Is a wing mirror one that mounts on a helmet, or...

Is a wing mirror one that mounts on a helmet, or on a handlebar? If it's the handlebar type, I started using a Mountain Mirrycle (sp?) about four years ago and I would never ride without one again. ...
Forum: Touring
03-03-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,233
Posted By Papa Tom

I have to agree. Usually, my memories of a ride...

I have to agree. Usually, my memories of a ride are much more spectacular than any photo or video I could capture. You have to just drink it all in while it's happening, then move on to making your...
Forum: Touring
03-01-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,233
Posted By Papa Tom

I don't remember their names and I can't find...

I don't remember their names and I can't find their posts, but that couple from...France? Sweden? who documented their trip to the USA took some really tasteful and dramatic footage with their drone....
Forum: Commuting
03-01-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,653
Posted By Papa Tom

OP checking in. This was never intended to...

OP checking in.

This was never intended to be a discussion about how to avoid having your pedals stolen! Mine cost about fifteen bucks, so they are not an issue.

Also, I fully realize that a...
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