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Forum: Commuting
11-24-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
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: 642
Views: 38,172
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: 683
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: 1,054
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: 4,668
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: 4,668
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: 4,668
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: 796
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...
Forum: Northeast
10-04-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,037
Posted By Papa Tom

Good Westchester Ride Today...

As I watch the weather changing and the days getting shorter, I've been trying to grab as many rides as possible - with and without my wife - within a short drive of home. Yesterday, we meandered...
10-02-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,937
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. ...

Yes! This is the way I ride all the time. Assume the driver is always going to make the worst possible move and be prepared for ANYTHING.

I also do a lot of traffic directing, communicating with...
09-30-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Posted By Papa Tom

I have a bunch of seat posts in my garage. Where...

I have a bunch of seat posts in my garage. Where do you live?
09-28-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,937
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, when I drive many of the roads I bike, I am...

Yes, when I drive many of the roads I bike, I am terrified for myself, the bicyclist.
09-23-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,787
Posted By Papa Tom

Joe: I'd have gladly donated it to your group...

Joe: I'd have gladly donated it to your group had I read this earlier. Unfortunately, I have already passed it on to my neighbor, another wannabee bike mechanic, to see if it can be useful to him....
09-21-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,471
Posted By Papa Tom

For my live production work (which is rare these...

For my live production work (which is rare these days), I have to keep an eye on four iPads and an iPod Shuffle to make sure I don't leave the batteries dry for too long. For working on the local...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,792
Posted By Papa Tom

DOH! And I just re-read your post and saw that...

DOH! And I just re-read your post and saw that you were asking about WHEELS, not TIRES! My bad. I thought this was another thread that was going to turn into a laundry list of every tire anybody has...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,792
Posted By Papa Tom

As a "casual" bike tourist at best, it's probably...

As a "casual" bike tourist at best, it's probably not my place to make this suggestion, but I think you might get more useful replies if you provide more information about the type of touring you...
Forum: Northeast
09-15-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By Papa Tom

Next time, consider Misquamicut Beach and...

Next time, consider Misquamicut Beach and Narragansett, Rhode Island. They are just a little further and will give you bragging rights for having crossed the state line!
Forum: Northeast
09-14-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By Papa Tom

'Looks like you hit all the towns and sights I...

'Looks like you hit all the towns and sights I remember most fondly from my end-to-end CT shore trip. Dang! This made me want to do it all over again!
09-13-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,157
Posted By Papa Tom

I know the OP's intention was tongue-in-cheek,...

I know the OP's intention was tongue-in-cheek, but it's interesting how we sometimes manage to turn even our favorite activity into something to feel bad about.

The bicycle, for me, is a way to...
09-08-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,157
Posted By Papa Tom

...and she doesn't even look up from her phone to...

...and she doesn't even look up from her phone to check you out. :(
09-02-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 650
Posted By Papa Tom

Follow-Up From The OP: I received the Hozan...

Follow-Up From The OP: I received the Hozan C-358 Fourth-Hand Tool today and it feels just like my original Park cable puller. I am grateful to know that, even though Park's current version feels...
Forum: Northeast
08-30-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 943
Posted By Papa Tom

I guess if you are entering New London via Rt. 1,...

I guess if you are entering New London via Rt. 1, your best bet will be to follow it onto Bank Street and then Water Street. After passing the ferry terminal, make your first right onto Crystal...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,480
Posted By Papa Tom

Although I am usually a stickler for doing...

Although I am usually a stickler for doing exactly the "right" thing, this is one situation where I disagree with the established standard of waiting in line with all the other cars. A bike (at...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 751
Posted By Papa Tom

One of the things I thought I missed for a while...

One of the things I thought I missed for a while was stopping at a local sandwich shop for breakfast on my way to work. Now that I've had a taste of how much money can be saved by eating at home, I...
08-03-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,405
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, today's headlights and taillights are quite...

Yes, today's headlights and taillights are quite blinding and are probably overkill on a multi-use path. However, I know for a fact that they have saved my life at least once on the open road, when...
07-24-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 644
Posted By Papa Tom

Sorry, I got that wrong. The BBUN55 I have is a...

Sorry, I got that wrong. The BBUN55 I have is a 73mm X 122.5mm !!!
07-24-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 931
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm not sure where or how you are applying an...

I'm not sure where or how you are applying an Allen wrench to this job, but you need either a pedal wrench or (most likely) a 15mm flat wrench.

VERY IMPORTANT: Turn both pedals to the REAR to...
07-19-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By Papa Tom

Humor

From a Facebook meme I saw today:

"People shouldn't buy mountain bikes after fifty.

No, seriously. Fifty mountain bikes is more than enough!"
07-15-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 989
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks for the productive replies. No thanks for...

Thanks for the productive replies. No thanks for the sarcastic ones, but I'm cutting people a little slack for being frustrated and a little nastier these days.

Four things I want to point out.
...
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By Papa Tom

I use North Country out of Pt. Jefferson, also. ...

I use North Country out of Pt. Jefferson, also. If you haven't ever ridden away from that ferry before, just know that the climb toward North Country on 25A is a fierce one, especially when you have...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,055
Posted By Papa Tom

I use the Big Apple 2.15's for commuting on my...

I use the Big Apple 2.15's for commuting on my 1996 GT Outpost MTB. They fit fine and there's enough clearance all around them; however, as someone else mentioned, make sure the 2.15's clear your...
06-09-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,134
Posted By Papa Tom

Tools, music...they both fall under the category...

Tools, music...they both fall under the category of things we want to hoard but don't want to pay for.

As the thread starter, I was looking for someone to talk me out of buying this kit -- for...
05-13-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,910
Posted By Papa Tom

No. My job is very physical year-round, but I...

No. My job is very physical year-round, but I definitely don't use the same muscles as I use for cycling.
05-12-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,910
Posted By Papa Tom

My first few rides every year are consistently...

My first few rides every year are consistently discouraging and embarrassing. On Day One, I can barely get out of the driveway without huffing and puffing. On Day Two, I can almost make it around the...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,196
Posted By Papa Tom

The thing I have learned from shooting my mouth...

The thing I have learned from shooting my mouth off in these forums and being called out for it is that we all need to just ride our own bike and leave everybody else alone.

I, personally, have...
Forum: Commuting
05-07-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,837
Posted By Papa Tom

I don't remove the rack, but I do slide my Trek...

I don't remove the rack, but I do slide my Trek bag on and off the rack and, wow, what a weight difference THAT makes!
05-03-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,421
Posted By Papa Tom

No judgements here, but I've been riding for 24...

No judgements here, but I've been riding for 24 years on a $300 mountain bike I bought in 1996. In fair weather, I bike to work almost every day and take two or three rides across state borders...
05-03-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,065
Posted By Papa Tom

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.

My bikes have kickstands. Full stop.
05-03-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,421
Posted By Papa Tom

Yup. I, too, share your philosophy about riding...

Yup. I, too, share your philosophy about riding at a pace that lets you savor every minute of the ride, rather than judge every pedal stroke for its efficiency. However, what I have come to accept in...
04-14-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,238
Posted By Papa Tom

The 68 X 113 UN55 bottom bracket fits like a...

The 68 X 113 UN55 bottom bracket fits like a glove. So, either the Bicycle Blue Book is wrong about the 1996 GT Outpost using a 73mm, or my bike is not a 1996, after all. I BOUGHT it that year, but...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,906
Posted By Papa Tom

I started riding with both front and rear lights...

I started riding with both front and rear lights during the day about three years ago and will never go back to commuting without them. I am so much more visible to sleepy morning drivers now -...
04-08-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,843
Posted By Papa Tom

You're supposed to clean them? I am doing...

You're supposed to clean them?

I am doing the annual winter maintenance on my 1996 GT Outpost right now, picking all the dry mud out of the nooks and crannies and wiping down all the tubes. Given...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,998
Posted By Papa Tom

>>>Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than...

>>>Funny, I'm 59, and I'm a better climber than when I was 20. Or maybe I just tried to go up too fast.<<<<

Hah! I know exactly what you mean, and I think your analysis is correct. When I was in...
03-29-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,047
Posted By Papa Tom

I was thinking the same.

I was thinking the same.
03-28-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,641
Posted By Papa Tom

Thanks. So the geometry looks sort of like a...

Thanks. So the geometry looks sort of like a mountain bike. I say throw some Big Apples (or another balloon tire) on it and ride away.

I guess I am guilty of the sin for which I sometimes...
03-27-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 12,230
Posted By Papa Tom

I wonder if this is the year for me to finally...

I wonder if this is the year for me to finally try bikepacking with a tent!
Forum: Commuting
03-23-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,998
Posted By Papa Tom

Unless they have changed models, there's the "DX"...

Unless they have changed models, there's the "DX" and the "DXP," the DXP being slightly larger. Though it may not initially seem like you'll need the extra space, I am so glad I returned the DX and...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,024
Posted By Papa Tom

If you don't have a gauge on your mini pump, the...

If you don't have a gauge on your mini pump, the solution is simple: Pump until your elbow feels like it's about to either explode or snap right off your arm. When you reach this point, you'll have...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,998
Posted By Papa Tom

If that's what you're looking at, then may I...

If that's what you're looking at, then may I suggest you consider the Topeak MTX DXP combination trunk bag/pannier set and compatible rack? It's very similar, with the very cool quick-release...
03-18-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,224
Posted By Papa Tom

Just as work was getting so unfulfilling that I...

Just as work was getting so unfulfilling that I was counting the days to bike commuting season, they sent us all home for, at least, two weeks. Now, even just going back to work sounds appealing.
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