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Forum: Commuting
11-07-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,792
Posted By gpolly1

I wear reflective vest, helmet, reflectors, and...

I wear reflective vest, helmet, reflectors, and lights when I leave at 5:30 am. I'm just playing defense hoping that it might help - not a 100% solution. But it does irk me when I see someone else...
Forum: Commuting
02-05-14, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Fog
Views: 642
Posted By gpolly1

I live Florida, too (Bradenton) and the fog was...

I live Florida, too (Bradenton) and the fog was the worst I've seen it in 3 years. I considered driving for safety purposes, but riding my bike always wins out.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-14, 07:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,718
Posted By gpolly1

I think the lasers are a good idea, when used in...

I think the lasers are a good idea, when used in conjunction with a blinky. There needs to be some kind of a light set up that drivers will ALWAYS recognize as a bicycle AND be easily seen. I...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 11:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,877
Posted By gpolly1

Thanks for the info, that's the one I was looking...

Thanks for the info, that's the one I was looking at. Your review was helpful. My problem is, other than the internet, there are no places for me to physically check out very many backpacks, so...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 06:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,877
Posted By gpolly1

I checked out the review and it sounds great AND...

I checked out the review and it sounds great AND the price is right! Thanks for the suggestion!
Forum: Commuting
01-07-14, 05:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,877
Posted By gpolly1

A new Osprey backpack. I have a cheap one from...

A new Osprey backpack. I have a cheap one from Wal-mart (Outdoor Products) and it's lasted for 3 years (about 3k miles) , I'd just like to upgrade.
Forum: Commuting
11-13-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,707
Posted By gpolly1

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
11-03-13, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,902
Posted By gpolly1

Thanks for all the input, however, I should have...

Thanks for all the input, however, I should have also mentioned that my mtb has 29" rims.
Forum: Commuting
11-02-13, 01:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,902
Posted By gpolly1

tire size for mtb for commuting

Hi all,
I commute about 110 miles a week, mostly on pavement, but not totally. My Specialized Hardrock came with knobby tires and I'm ready to switch to a more road - friendly tire. My question is,...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-13, 09:33 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 29,546
Posted By gpolly1

Time and place... It's nice to have one when you...

Time and place... It's nice to have one when you need it.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-13, 09:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,686
Posted By gpolly1

I bought a new bike with 29" rims and it cuts...

I bought a new bike with 29" rims and it cuts about 5-10 minutes off my commute (I like my commute, so this is not always a good thing). My old bike had 26" rims.
Forum: Commuting
05-15-13, 09:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,628
Posted By gpolly1

I use a mirror so I can see cars coming up behind...

I use a mirror so I can see cars coming up behind me. Too many distracted drivers these days. When turning left, I will check my mirror, but I'll confirm if its safe by looking over my shoulder. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,755
Posted By gpolly1

One day I was riding my bike home from the...

One day I was riding my bike home from the hardware store, a mile or so away from my house. It was a hot, humid Florida summer morning and I took one had off the handlebars to check my watch. My...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-13, 11:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,196
Posted By gpolly1

I use a cheap one from Wal-mart. It's an...

I use a cheap one from Wal-mart. It's an Outdoors Products Vortex backpack ($25.00-see website below) and it allows me to carry a full change of clothes, shoes included, and my laptop. See the way...
03-19-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By gpolly1

I have a '13 Hardrock that I use for commuting...

I have a '13 Hardrock that I use for commuting that I bought about 3 months ago from my LBS. I ride it hard everyday (curbs, lots, gravel, dirt,...) rain or shine. I've go absolutely no complaints...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-13, 06:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,190
Posted By gpolly1

85 degree weather? I live in Southwest Florida...

85 degree weather? I live in Southwest Florida where it's hot and humid. I wear shorts, t-shirt (sometimes a tank top), and flip-flops. Although, when I think I might be getting too much sun, I...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-13, 06:22 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,115
Posted By gpolly1

Yea... I need to do something about that. I...

Yea... I need to do something about that. I actually asked my local Publix if I could have a milk crate for my bike and the really did say "Yes". Maybe I should have chosen a different crate. Now...
Forum: Southeast
02-08-13, 01:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,578
Posted By gpolly1

I agree, Sanibel is one of my favorite places and...

I agree, Sanibel is one of my favorite places and every time I go, I bike the island. Laid back, sun, beach, bars... can it get any better?
Forum: Introductions
02-08-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By gpolly1

Welcome from another Floridian - Great weather...

Welcome from another Floridian - Great weather today to commute. Check out my website about how I began. I've been doing it for almost a year.

http://www.garypolly.blogspot.com/
Forum: Commuting
02-08-13, 06:24 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,147
Posted By gpolly1

I use a rear rack with a milk crate zip tied to...

I use a rear rack with a milk crate zip tied to it. I the milk crate goes my backpack, although sometimes I'll wear the backpack if I'm taking my laptop home.
Forum: Commuting
02-06-13, 07:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 26,605
Posted By gpolly1

I just put a new rack on my new Specialized...

I just put a new rack on my new Specialized Hardrock and I think I might have stripped the threads in the bottom mounting hole on the frame. Right now it seems to be holding, but I, too, was...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By gpolly1

Your level of experience with cycling: I'm 46,...

Your level of experience with cycling:
I'm 46, been commuting for about 1 year
What's your price range?
Used my dad's old schwinn (1986 Cruiser Supreme) with rear rack. Just bought a Specialized...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-13, 10:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,115
Posted By gpolly1

I just use a regular backpack. It's deeper than...

I just use a regular backpack. It's deeper than most backpacks and I'm able to put my work clothes in it, along with other essentials.296604 296605
My website explains how I do it:...
Forum: Introductions
01-16-13, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Posted By gpolly1

Hi bigal51 from a fellow Floridian from...

Hi bigal51 from a fellow Floridian from Bradenton, FL. Enjoy the ride!
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 859
Posted By gpolly1

I started commuting by bike about a year ago,...

I started commuting by bike about a year ago, this blog kinda explains what how started:

http://garypolly.blogspot.com/

Also, this twitter feed is something I started at my school:
...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 06:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 762
Posted By gpolly1

I switched from a fixed to a suspension front...

I switched from a fixed to a suspension front fork. Love the ride and it doesn't add time from my commute. I also switched from 26" to 29" wheels, maybe that's why my time is the same. There were...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-13, 05:59 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,977
Posted By gpolly1

I switched from a fixed fork to a suspension fork...

I switched from a fixed fork to a suspension fork for my commute and I love it. All the banging that my old bike did over the smallest of bumps, let alone uneven pavement and potholes that are...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-13, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,643
Posted By gpolly1

They only had one in stock and it was a little...

They only had one in stock and it was a little more than I wanted to spend. I checked on some of the other suggestions and I'm liking the Planet Bike Versa Rack.
Forum: Commuting
01-11-13, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,643
Posted By gpolly1

Thanks Windchaser, I was thinking the same thing,...

Thanks Windchaser, I was thinking the same thing, then I was left with another choice:
-A frame?
-E frame?
-V frame?
It took me a while to realize they were talking about the rack frame and not...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-13, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,643
Posted By gpolly1

Bike rack for Specialized Hardrock 29 Disc

Hi All,
Just bought a new Specialized Hardrock with 29s and disc brakes. My old rack won't fit, so I'm looking for a new one. My bike is a medium frame (17.5). Any suggestions?292982
12-17-12, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By gpolly1

Easy Lube White Lightning. I live in Florida and...

Easy Lube White Lightning. I live in Florida and it does rain quite a bit, however my bike is over thirty years old and it changes gears smoothly and quietly. I just have to apply after it rains.
Forum: Commuting
10-25-12, 08:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,102
Posted By gpolly1

I bring a change of clothes, so I don't really...

I bring a change of clothes, so I don't really care if I get wet. If it's raining, I'll put my backpack in a good garbage bag and then put in my milk crate that I use for a basket on my bike rack. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-12, 05:02 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,471
Posted By gpolly1

I agree. In my town, the bike lane is where...

I agree. In my town, the bike lane is where everything that doesn't belong on the road gets pushed into. Glass, branches, dead animals,... The bike lane becomes the refuse lane. I commute in the...
10-10-12, 04:34 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,735
Posted By gpolly1

I was reading the reviews from one of the...

I was reading the reviews from one of the customers that bought that light and I agree with them. There are 2 kinds of lights: 1. wal-mart, sporting goods kind of light-cheap ($20 or so) using AA or...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-12, 12:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,337
Posted By gpolly1

I agree with a lot of people on this thread-Very...

I agree with a lot of people on this thread-Very glad you're o.k.!! I have a mirror on my bike, a good one with a glass mirror, not a plastic one. Some people make fun of my mirror, but if their...
09-25-12, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1,089
Views: 1,641,657
Posted By gpolly1

When I commute to work, it's five-thirty in the...

When I commute to work, it's five-thirty in the morning, so I ride on the road with lights and helmet. But on my way home, it would be a death wish (literally a fellow co-worker died commuting to...
09-13-12, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By gpolly1

New to Bike Mechanics - brake pads

I've been commuting to work for about 6 months and most of the time I've taken my bike to a local bike shop for repairs/maintenance, but lately I've done my own. I've replaced tires, tubes, but now...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,314
Posted By gpolly1

I ride at 5:30 am and I believe it's a...

I ride at 5:30 am and I believe it's a "must-have". I use it for seeing the road, but if it was dawn/dusk, I'd have it blinking. There are so many kinds of front lights and different ways to mount...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-12, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3,987
Views: 93,364
Posted By gpolly1

80 and humid. Listening to Leonard Elmore on my...

80 and humid. Listening to Leonard Elmore on my ipod. Five-thirty am, dark. Stopped for air in my back tire. Beautiful!! Can't wait for the sunny ride home this afternoon!
Forum: Introductions
08-30-12, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 167
Posted By gpolly1

Greeting from sunny Florida

Been visiting this forum for a while, then I decided I should join since I read it so much - great stuff! I'm a teacher from the Gulf coast of Florida and I commute to school every day. My commute...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-12, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 652
Posted By gpolly1

I'm a teacher in Bradenton, Florida and I started...

I'm a teacher in Bradenton, Florida and I started commuting by bike last year, during the 4th quarter when we received another paycut and gas prices went up. When summer came around, I'd lost 10...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-12, 10:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,598
Posted By gpolly1

Does anyone use Easy Lube or another dry, wax...

Does anyone use Easy Lube or another dry, wax lube?
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