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

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a great backpack for ultralight hiking or trail running. It's got just enough room for a light jacket and some small accessories when the bladder is completely full.

Some of the material on this feels weak, but that's primarily because they're trying to shave weight. The straps are a little flimsy and the waist strap isn't meant to support a lot of weight for a long time, but it's great for minimalist use.

Bottom line: You can't beat CamelBak. They make a great hydration pack. This is one of them.

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Tom R

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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