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Old 06-03-11, 01:20 AM
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Hello from St. Petersburg

Hello. My name is Jeff and I live in St. Petersburg, FL. I am 45 years old. I have been bicycling for years. I have been an on-and-off bicycle commuter for several years, but now since I just recently sold my motor vehicle, I have jumped with both feet into the full-time commuting world.

And I am also jumping into the "repairing my own bicycles" world too.

I have three bikes that are essentially mountain bikes that I use for commuting. I am looking to go lighter on the bike weight thing [I am using 26 X 2.1 tires on all of my bikes] so I have been analyzing different bikes to see what my next purchase is going to be. Or maybe I just need different tires. Anyway.....

I have a 1999 trek 6000 mtb with panniers. This trek is my backup work-commuting bike, and the bike I use when it is raining. I have a 2006 Giant Transport SX that is a heavy duty bike that I use for carrying heavy stuff from the grocery store. I have a 2001 Cannondale Terra that is my main commuting bike. On this bike I have a rear rack with 35 pound Tidy Cat Buckets attached to it {I followed instructions for mounting them that I found on the web**.

My commute to work is ten miles [one way] and 80% of that is done on the beautiful Pinellas Trail.

With three bikes I always have a repair project going on and somebody referred me to this website. So as Gomer Pyle used to say, "Hey" to everybody.
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Old 06-03-11, 03:31 AM
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Hey Jeff, welcome to Forums.

When I read your introduction title, I thought to myself, "St. Petersburg, Russia?" Turns out not to be the case.

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Old 06-03-11, 04:44 AM
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Howdy Jeff,
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Old 06-03-11, 05:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums Jeff, good to have ya!
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Consider some 26x1.25 90-100 psi tires. They make a world of difference.
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Old 06-04-11, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Juha View Post
Hey Jeff, welcome to Forums.

When I read your introduction title, I thought to myself, "St. Petersburg, Russia?" Turns out not to be the case.

--J
I've never thought about bicycling in St. Petersburg, Russia. It's an interesting thought. It sounds fun although they probably don't have a Pinellas Trail there. I would be okay until I started publicly speaking out against some oppressive government / police activity. Then they would probably end up burning me and my bicycles at the stake. You'd be able to see the flames for miles.
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Old 06-04-11, 08:53 AM
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Welcome Jeff, I'm fairly new here as well and am a former St. Pete resident near Coffee Pot Bayou in the Old NE. Now in Lakeland and just back from a morning 5 mile ride. Enjoy this awesome site!
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Nice to have you join us. I am 55 and in Orlando. Just began commuting, too.
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