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Forum: Northeast
07-05-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,530
Posted By Papa Tom

Yes, you are correct. It's late, we start our...

Yes, you are correct. It's late, we start our outdoor concert season tomorrow with an 8am tech call for me, and my brain isn't working. Mumford Cove, GLP, Noank...it's all one grey patch on Google...
Forum: Northeast
07-05-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,530
Posted By Papa Tom

I agree about Haley Farm. I don't want to beat...

I agree about Haley Farm. I don't want to beat this subject to death, but I'm really sorry the trolley trail doesn't continue past the Amtrak bridge turnoff and dump you out on Neptune. I've had...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,853
Posted By Papa Tom

Oh, boy! NOW you've opened a can of worms!!!! ...

Oh, boy! NOW you've opened a can of worms!!!!

Seriously, EVERY CYCLIST wants this to happen, but it appears motorists and residents of the towns at both ends are set against it for some reason. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,954
Posted By Papa Tom

I agree with all who have suggested that you will...

I agree with all who have suggested that you will get used to it, especially as the weather improves and Spring/Summer exhilaration sets in. However, if you find that we are all wrong, I believe you...
Forum: Northeast
04-16-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,938
Posted By Papa Tom

Thank you, Larry!

Thank you, Larry!
Forum: Touring
02-19-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,746
Posted By Papa Tom

This was going to be my suggestion, too.

This was going to be my suggestion, too.
02-06-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By Papa Tom

I'm having trouble picturing what you are...

I'm having trouble picturing what you are describing, but if you have a cutout in your frame for a center-mount kickstand and the only problem you have with it is that a conventional kickstand won't...
01-24-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,870
Posted By Papa Tom

I decided to take the Ride Your Age challenge...

I decided to take the Ride Your Age challenge this past summer. Apparently, I am seventeen years old.
01-10-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,405
Posted By Papa Tom

Cool! I'm glad you found a solution.

Cool! I'm glad you found a solution.
01-09-22, 09:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,405
Posted By Papa Tom

No. It does NOT make perfect cuts, but it is...

No. It does NOT make perfect cuts, but it is still better than any Home Depot cutter I have ever used. The cable-through-the-housing trick always works for me, though.
01-07-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,405
Posted By Papa Tom

That's what I use my leftover cable for! The...

That's what I use my leftover cable for! The CN-10 is sharp enough to cut through a housing with a cable in it. Before cutting the housing, feed a strand of scrap cable through it, just past the...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,276
Posted By Papa Tom

Do you have the MTX bag with the fold-out...

Do you have the MTX bag with the fold-out panniers?
01-01-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By Papa Tom

I'd like to think that many of you who have made...

I'd like to think that many of you who have made your own mirror gloves got the idea from me when I posted pics of mine about 15-20 years ago on various groups. I used one of those wide-angle...
Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,678
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: 2,606
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: 95
Views: 6,702
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: 1,272
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: 108
Views: 86,999
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: 29
Views: 2,981
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: 583
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: 583
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: 29
Views: 2,981
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: 29
Views: 2,981
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: 1,041
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: 1,041
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: 754
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: 31
Views: 2,877
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: 995
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: 995
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: 995
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: 995
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: 995
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: 1,041
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: 5,369
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: 5,369
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: 800
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: 5,369
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: 1,122
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: 2,587
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: 3,123
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: 1,498
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: 1,547
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: Touring
08-09-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,971
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: 2,971
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: 895
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: 5,369
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: 5,369
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: 5,369
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: 5,369
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...
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