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Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By RonE

It does not have to be cold for glasses to fog up...

It does not have to be cold for glasses to fog up when stopped. I live in Florida and it happens here too. If my glasses are not fogging up, then they are subject to dripping perspiration, which does...
08-26-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By RonE

I have been strongly considering both the Sirrus...

I have been strongly considering both the Sirrus X-Comp and the Toughroad SLR1. I have ridden the X-Comp and a Toughroad SLR2, but have not been able to find an SLR1 to test ride. I liked the way the...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,674
Posted By RonE

I wear glasses with clip-on sunglasses when...

I wear glasses with clip-on sunglasses when bicycling all the time. The combination works great. During my years of bicycle commuting I have never had a rock hit my face, helmet or glasses. Bugs are...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,283
Posted By RonE

I use a cheap cotton headband that I wear just...

I use a cheap cotton headband that I wear just above the brows. I ring it out about every hour or so. It works well, but I do carry a second headband in case it is needed. I was surprised at the...
07-01-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,559
Posted By RonE

Central Florida is flat. I do a 70-mile loop...

Central Florida is flat. I do a 70-mile loop where the only climbing involved is 5 highway overpasses.
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,095
Posted By RonE

I live in Florida for a reason. I would take the...

I live in Florida for a reason. I would take the heat and humidity over facing a cold drenching rain any day. I typically ride in 90+ weather with high humidity a lot of the year. But for me, the...
06-17-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,485
Posted By RonE

My first multi-speed bike was a 1968 Schwinn...

My first multi-speed bike was a 1968 Schwinn Continental. It cost me $125 and was an expensive buy for me at the time. It was my sole means of transportation and it did the job well! The ~600%...
05-14-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 971
Posted By RonE

I have also ridden the Hawthorne trail with my...

I have also ridden the Hawthorne trail with my daughter, but we brought our own bikes. The trail was great with the hills, the trees and the view of Paynes Prairie. But, spending time with my...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,291
Posted By RonE

I live in Florida, so it is almost always hot and...

I live in Florida, so it is almost always hot and humid. My commute is about 17 miles each way. There is no shower at work, so I shower in the morning before leaving home.

The perspiration...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By RonE

The company that I work for decided not to...

The company that I work for decided not to participate in the previous tax credit (and probably will not participate in any new tax credit) because they would have to pay a third party to manage the...
03-06-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,804
Posted By RonE

I just turned 65 and I ride a little over...

I just turned 65 and I ride a little over 2000-miles a year. I really enjoy bicycling, even when I have to tangle with seemingly mindless drivers. I am not fast and I have never done a century, but I...
03-04-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,132
Posted By RonE

Most of my bicycling miles are to and from work....

Most of my bicycling miles are to and from work. The gas savings and lower wear and tear on the car pretty much pay for my cycling. The original cost of the bike is included, but it does take a...
12-18-18, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,512
Posted By RonE

I am considering a Sirrus X Comp also and hope to...

I am considering a Sirrus X Comp also and hope to try one out this weekend. I am not sure about the 1x11. I live in Florida, so I am not really concerned about my normal riding. I will not push the...
12-10-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,538
Posted By RonE

For what it is worth... In 2008, I bought a...

For what it is worth... In 2008, I bought a Giant Rapid 2, which was an aluminum hybrid road bike with straight handle bars. About 1.5 years and 5000 miles later, the LBS noticed a crack in the seat...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 13,020
Posted By RonE

My commute is 17 miles each way over flat central...

My commute is 17 miles each way over flat central Florida terrain split about equally between neighborhood streets, busy roadways and a nice trail. My cruising speed is typically between 15-18MPH....
06-22-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,692
Posted By RonE

I keep a Google spreadsheet. I include bike,...

I keep a Google spreadsheet. I include bike, times, mileage, routes and miscellaneous information. In addition, I monitor maintenance costs and purchases. Since my commutes offset driving costs, I...
05-17-17, 07:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 841
Posted By RonE

I agree with the comments about getting a decent...

I agree with the comments about getting a decent used mountain bike and then see what happens.

When I started riding about 8 years ago, I borrowed and then bought an old mountain bike from a...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,868
Posted By RonE

I ride 17 miles each way 2 to 3 times a week. I...

I ride 17 miles each way 2 to 3 times a week. I use the off days to carry my clothes and other items to and from work. I also have a trunk bag in which I can carry other odds and ends. I do not...
04-21-17, 03:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,293
Posted By RonE

Be careful about what the study really tells us. ...

Be careful about what the study really tells us. Although the news seems to make the study sound like it shows causality - that bicycling causes significant health benefits, the study only shows...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,183
Posted By RonE

I try to ride to commute 2 or 3 times a week. ...

I try to ride to commute 2 or 3 times a week. So, I can often pick the good days to ride and leave out the bad. I live in central Florida, so I generally do not need to worry about how cold it is...
03-28-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,022
Posted By RonE

I live in a pretty warm climate, but I do start...

I live in a pretty warm climate, but I do start my morning commutes in the low to mid 40s F a couple of times a year. By the time I arrive at the office a little over an hour later, the temperature...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-16, 09:20 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,651
Posted By RonE

I do not set a budget, but I do track my commute...

I do not set a budget, but I do track my commute miles, expenses, and estimated commute savings in terms of gas and tolls. Every year, a new set of tires and a tuneup or two are needed. Brake pads,...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-16, 08:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,379
Posted By RonE

I have been using 700x28 Specialized Armadillo...

I have been using 700x28 Specialized Armadillo tires for almost 7 years on my commuter. They come in a variety of sizes, including 700x23. I have not tried any other flat resistant tires and thus...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-16, 11:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,611
Posted By RonE

In central Florida, the late fall, winter and...

In central Florida, the late fall, winter and early spring are generally pretty dry except when a front pushes rain through. I have a relatively long commute and try to do it 2 or 3 times times a...
05-01-14, 09:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By RonE

I regularly commute by bicycle in Orlando where...

I regularly commute by bicycle in Orlando where the temperatures plus humidity can be brutal - approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 100% humidity in the afternoons. I admit that I have never...
12-30-11, 09:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,680
Posted By RonE

A little over 3000 miles in 2011.

A little over 3000 miles in 2011.
11-18-11, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By RonE

I use MyTracks on my Android phone.

I use MyTracks on my Android phone.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-11, 07:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By RonE

1. How many times per week do you ride into/from...

1. How many times per week do you ride into/from work?
My bike commute is about 18 miles each way and I do it 3 times a week.

2. Were you a recreational rider before you started commuting?
I...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-11, 06:50 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,078
Posted By RonE

I commute 17.5 miles each way 3 times a week. ...

I commute 17.5 miles each way 3 times a week. The ride is flat and is about 2/3 via city roads and 1/3 via bike trail. Unfortunately, I spend way too much time stopped at traffic lights.
06-20-11, 07:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 731
Posted By RonE

I too live in Central Florida and have to contend...

I too live in Central Florida and have to contend with the summer afternoon storms. The biggest problem with these storms is that more often than not they are very fast developing, fast moving and...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-11, 06:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,119
Posted By RonE

When I have enough battery, I run MyTracks on my...

When I have enough battery, I run MyTracks on my Droid Incredible. MyTracks is okay. Altitude and speed do not seem all that accurate, but averages and distances appear to be fine. I would like to...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-11, 02:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By RonE

The web site for my local transit company says...

The web site for my local transit company says that maintenance costs for a car average about $0.05 per mile. I use that number plus the cost of gas per mile (GasCostPerGallon/MilesPerGallon) to...
05-14-11, 06:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,103
Posted By RonE

I used to think that a KCal was a KCal, but no...

I used to think that a KCal was a KCal, but no more. I started commuting to and from work by bicycle about two years ago, and now bike a 35 mile round trip on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at an...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Posted By RonE

My shortest and fastest commute by car is about...

My shortest and fastest commute by car is about 15 miles, 35 minutes and $1.50 in tolls each way. My shortest commute by bicycle is about 17 miles and 75 minutes.
11-20-10, 08:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,491
Posted By RonE

Be careful if you consider progressive lenses. ...

Be careful if you consider progressive lenses. Once your brain gets used to them, they work fine in the office where the continuous focus is important. But, because of the way the progressive...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-10, 09:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 777
Posted By RonE

I have not noticed a big day-by-day difference,...

I have not noticed a big day-by-day difference, but afternoons are definitely worse than mornings.
Forum: Commuting
10-09-10, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By RonE

I had a good sized bee smack me on the arm this...

I had a good sized bee smack me on the arm this week. He hung on for a short time while I was wildly shaking my arm, but he did fly away without stinging me. But, the bug problem that I have had...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-10, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 837
Posted By RonE

I too bought orange, yellow and green synthetic...

I too bought orange, yellow and green synthetic collared polos from Old Navy a couple of months ago. They do not have stripes, but they are quite visible, wick the sweat and rain away, have held up...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-10, 08:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,002
Posted By RonE

I try to say hello to all the bike riders and...

I try to say hello to all the bike riders and some of the pedestrians that I encounter on my commute, although the actual number of people that I see is not normally very high. Most make some sort...
07-10-10, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,227
Posted By RonE

I weigh in at 250l pounds and have been running...

I weigh in at 250l pounds and have been running 700x28 Armadillo All Condition tires. After 6 months and 1500 miles, my back tire had worn substantially more than the front and had to be replaced. ...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-10, 08:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,695
Posted By RonE

The weather here has been in the mid 90s for a...

The weather here has been in the mid 90s for a couple of months now and the humidity is brutal. I do believe that you get accustomed to the climate where you live, and thus I think that Florida's...
07-04-10, 08:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,735
Posted By RonE

Although I have also seen my fair share of...

Although I have also seen my fair share of alligators on my commute, my weirdest encounter was a dead armadillo in the middle of the bike trail that was being dinner for a flock of large vultures. I...
06-24-10, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,001
Posted By RonE

I have strabismus, where my eyes do not operate...

I have strabismus, where my eyes do not operate together. I still have peripheral vision in both eyes, but I can only focus on an object with one eye at a time. I can switch from one eye to the...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-10, 07:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 796
Posted By RonE

Having commuted by bicycle for about a year, I...

Having commuted by bicycle for about a year, I believe that I now strive for better situational awareness while driving and I am a lot more patient.
04-07-10, 07:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,708
Posted By RonE

I had da Vinci surgery a little over 2 years ago....

I had da Vinci surgery a little over 2 years ago. I really did not start riding until about 1.5 years after surgery. I now average about 100 miles a week commuting to and from work about 3 times a...
03-06-10, 04:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 883
Posted By RonE

Recovery from prostate surgery seems to be a...

Recovery from prostate surgery seems to be a fairly personal thing, with some guys up and about quickly and others not so quickly. I have to say that I started walking and exercising about a week...
02-08-10, 09:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 802
Posted By RonE

Longer rides

I rode my age this past weekend for my birthday - 56 miles (plus a few more to grow on)!

I enjoyed the ride a lot even though the wind averaged 20-25MPH. However, even though I wore good biking...
Forum: Commuting
01-26-10, 08:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,814
Posted By RonE

Thanks for all of your inputs! I have to...

Thanks for all of your inputs!

I have to admit I never would have considered the diver's helmet as a sun block option, but since I commute along a river part way, it might come in handy if I were...
Forum: Commuting
01-25-10, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,814
Posted By RonE

Bike helmets that limit sun exposure

I live in Florida and am concerned about sun exposure to my forehead and neck while biking. Has anyone seen a bicycle helmet with a wide brim all the way around?
Forum: Commuting
01-20-10, 05:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 860
Posted By RonE

I do a 35-mile round trip commute 2-3 times a...

I do a 35-mile round trip commute 2-3 times a week. I worked up to the total distance over a couple of months by driving part way and riding the rest. Now, I have no problems with the total...
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