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11-21-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,083
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,...
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: 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: 2,209
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...
07-29-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 11,287
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
07-23-21, 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.
07-11-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
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: 11,287
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...
06-30-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
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...
06-29-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
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...
06-28-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 11,287
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...
06-27-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 11,287
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...
06-19-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 11,287
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: 1,224
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...
06-12-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,401
Posted By Papa Tom

You've probably read this before (and you...

You've probably read this before (and you probably don't want to hear it if your mind is set on a multi-tool), but I have found that carrying the few individual tools I need works out much better...
05-31-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 10,058
Posted By Papa Tom

Man, absolutely nothing personal against Caloso,...

Man, absolutely nothing personal against Caloso, but that phrase "Ghetto Tubeless," used a lot these days, really irks me. Doesn't it bother anybody else?
Forum: Commuting
04-06-21, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,171
Posted By Papa Tom

Something like this, and leave it at work? ...

Something like this, and leave it at work? ...
04-05-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,088
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool. It does look a little beefier than the...

Cool. It does look a little beefier than the CT-90 that was on there. Thanks for making me feel OK about my purchase.
04-03-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,088
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, done. I bought a Shimano Acera (FC-M361) for...

OK, done. I bought a Shimano Acera (FC-M361) for $52, installed it in less than five minutes, and that's that. I didn't have to swap out my brand new bottom bracket or my derailleur. I know the...
03-18-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,897
Posted By Papa Tom

I like to use Google Maps Street View to see what...

I like to use Google Maps Street View to see what kind of shoulders I'll have, how well-maintained the roads are, and what kinds of food and drink options I'll find along the way.
Forum: Northeast
03-09-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By Papa Tom

Here's a ride I did in 2015 from Port Jeff to...

Here's a ride I did in 2015 from Port Jeff to Greenport. I'm going to reprint it exactly as I posted it here or somewhere else back then.

This route is longer than it has to be, only because I...
03-08-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,250
Posted By Papa Tom

I bought one of those stands at Aldi, Lidl's...

I bought one of those stands at Aldi, Lidl's sister store, a couple of years ago. It had been priced at $29.99, but somehow, the store manager ended up giving it to me for $14. Although the...
Forum: Touring
03-07-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,325
Posted By Papa Tom

I miss paper maps, too, but I must say, I like...

I miss paper maps, too, but I must say, I like being able to preview some of my road choices on Google Maps Street View ahead of time. One thing I still won't do is depend on GPS once I'm out on the...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,831
Posted By Papa Tom

I, too, am puzzled by this question about...

I, too, am puzzled by this question about "dorky." You're either going to be a bike commuter or you're going to let your imaginary perception about what other people think about your trunk bags ruin...
03-06-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,122
Posted By Papa Tom

Not a bike part, but I am still looking for my...

Not a bike part, but I am still looking for my wedding ring, which slipped off my finger while I was working on my bike in the garage about six years ago. :(
Forum: Commuting
03-04-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,676
Posted By Papa Tom

Not only do I acknowledge all the walkers on my...

Not only do I acknowledge all the walkers on my route, I also try to connect with as many drivers as possible. Creating a human connection with motorists can only make them look out for you a bit...
02-27-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,295
Posted By Papa Tom

:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Commuting
02-26-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,242
Posted By Papa Tom

I hate to be "that guy," but I have to say that...

I hate to be "that guy," but I have to say that I think your bike shop charged you top dollar for this service. Have you considered learning to do these things yourself?
Forum: Commuting
02-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,015
Posted By Papa Tom

I never liked those gel covers. They always...

I never liked those gel covers. They always manage to squish their way to parts of your legs and butt that wouldn't normally have pressure on them during a ride on a hard saddle.
02-09-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,212
Posted By Papa Tom

To answer your question, YES, I have had this...

To answer your question, YES, I have had this happen many times. Just about every time I take one of my mini tours, I find myself gasping for breath fighting what feels like a gargantuan hill, just...
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,548
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool. Have a safe, fun trip!

Cool. Have a safe, fun trip!
Forum: Touring
01-31-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,548
Posted By Papa Tom

Slow is fine with me. If I wanted to get home...

Slow is fine with me. If I wanted to get home and get off the bike faster, I would just stay home in the first place!
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,548
Posted By Papa Tom

It's extra frustrating because, at 58, I am...

It's extra frustrating because, at 58, I am starting to see the end of my "touring" days. Also, my overnighters were always planned around my wife's weekend retreats, where she went away to a...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,758
Posted By Papa Tom

I worked at home for about seven years in the...

I worked at home for about seven years in the late 1990's, right when I returned to cycling. Every morning at around 7am, I'd head out on the bike for a good spin around the area and a stop...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,935
Posted By Papa Tom

OK, so it IS political. I guess I missed the...

OK, so it IS political. I guess I missed the post where I made any reference to any politician. I just said I like the damned bike trail. NEXT THREAD....
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,935
Posted By Papa Tom

I sense that you are trying to make some kind of...

I sense that you are trying to make some kind of political statement here, but I'm not going to bite. I don't care if credit goes to Andrew Cuomo or Perry Como (look him up if you're too young); I...
01-09-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,688
Posted By Papa Tom

First of all, I thought the "S" word was...

First of all, I thought the "S" word was something else, and I was considering publishing a really embarrassing personal story here to make you feel better!

Second, here in the Northeast, about...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,073
Posted By Papa Tom

I absolutely LOVED this story. Although not...

I absolutely LOVED this story.

Although not quite as old as the folks in the picture, I am them in many ways. As I've matured, I have learned to respect others' need for speed, style, and...
Forum: Touring
01-08-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,935
Posted By Papa Tom

There has been some discussion about it on the...

There has been some discussion about it on the "Bicycle Riders of Long Island" group over at Facebook (I started the thread), but nothing too encouraging yet. It seems like a major part of the...
Forum: Northeast
12-31-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By Papa Tom

The problem with this bill is that no one is...

The problem with this bill is that no one is going to know about the law and the only time it will likely come into play is after a cyclist has been injured or killed.

I would much rather see an...
12-29-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,172
Posted By Papa Tom

Have you ever looked into genetic memory? It's a...

Have you ever looked into genetic memory? It's a (quite valid, in my opinion) theory that, perhaps memory is one of the things passed down from ancestors in our DNA. I have vivid recollections of...
12-22-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,172
Posted By Papa Tom

I haven't been able to ride with a clear head for...

I haven't been able to ride with a clear head for at least the past five years. I am hoping that, in 2021, riding will once again become relaxing, rather than a series of futile attempts to get my...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,459
Posted By Papa Tom

The bike you linked to above isn't what I'd call...

The bike you linked to above isn't what I'd call a true "step-through" frame. Check out the Schwinn link here and tell us if this is what you mean by a step-through: ...
11-15-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 677
Views: 53,672
Posted By Papa Tom

Lemond1985: I was that way when I was playing...

Lemond1985: I was that way when I was playing drums professionally in my twenties and thirties. I didn't have a pot to piss in and I was really frugal with all my purchases, except those having to...
11-02-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,222
Posted By Papa Tom

'Love the duds, man. But when I read your thread...

'Love the duds, man. But when I read your thread title, I thought that, based on new improvements in cycling throughout the state, they had given New Jersey a new nickname!
Forum: Touring
11-01-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,462
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool book/website! Thank you for this!

Cool book/website! Thank you for this!
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,996
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! This is EXACTLY what I do!

Yes! This is EXACTLY what I do!
Forum: Commuting
10-23-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,996
Posted By Papa Tom

Nah, not on MY commute. And even if some don't...

Nah, not on MY commute. And even if some don't see the mirror at first, they HAVE to figure it out when they see me waving them on to pass without even turning my head. In THAT case, it wouldn't...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,996
Posted By Papa Tom

Just Realized Why I Prefer A Bar-Mounted Mirror!

I almost posted this in a thread that asked about helmet-mounted mirrors, but I am not interested in starting another debate over bar-mounted vs. helmet-mounted. I think they are both good options,...
10-17-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,151
Posted By Papa Tom

My earlier advice seems to have been washed over,...

My earlier advice seems to have been washed over, but I'm telling you, I was totally convinced I had the wrong bb, the wrong thread pattern, and the wrong technique until I backed it off about thirty...
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