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Tom R

Tom R

Rocky Mountains

Tom R's Bio

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

Tom R

Tom Rwrote a review of on September 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had been using an older CamelBak bladder forever, since I prefer it over other bladders. I got some new Antiodote bladders to put in some new backpacks, and I love them!

The divider is awesome. It prevents it from sitting awkwardly in your pack like a balloon, and makes it easier to handle.

The Quick-snap cap that tightens with just a quarter turn is great, and saves my thumb from the pain of trying to screw caps on.

Bottom line: Awesome product. You will definitely be happy with it.

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Tom Rwrote a review of on June 18, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're way into shaving weight and ultralight biking. This is not the lock for you. It's hefty, and would make a great weapon against potential bike thieves as mentioned above.

That said, it does a great job of protecting bikes! It's inexpensive, portable, and easy to take on or off.

If price is more of an issue to you than weight, then get it!

Update: After several months of use, I have to say I really like this lock. It's still heavy as can be, but definitely makes me feel secure.

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Tom Rwrote a review of on May 25, 2012

5 5

I got this bike for hauling my carcass to and from the bus stop and around campus, and it does the job great. I quickly swapped the hub to freewheel so I can coast easier.

There is only one break on this puppy, and they put it in the front, so the risk of an endo is imminent once you get above a certain speed. Luckily the frame is equipped for rear brakes, and by getting some you'd ensure yourself against a head-over-handlebars incident.

Since the frame is steel, it's a bit heavier than your high-end road bikes, but you get what you pay for. It's meant to be a inexpensive minimalist commuter bike that will stand up to the daily grind, and it does an awesome job at it!

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