Author Archive: RL Policar

As one of the original founders of He has helped build this site into one of the leading and oldest bicycle commuting blog sites. Filled with passion for everything two wheels, RL Policar covers a multitude of subjects from product reviews, news, articles and technical how to's.

Vintage Schwinn Tempo

I scored on a free Schwinn Tempo. I don’t know if a bike that was made in the early or mid 80s would be considered vintage, but it’s an old bike!

One of the things I needed to do was remove the cranks for another project bike. But the original dust caps that came on it seized in them and I couldn’t put in the crank puller because the plastic was all over the threads.

I figured if I torch it out, it should melt away the plastic and I can get the cranks off. But one problem. I don’t have a torch. So I grabbed the next best thing, a can of brake cleaner and a lighter!

After a few minutes of flame throwing, I was able to thread in my crank puller!

KHS Flite 100

What’s the coolest way to commute? On a Fixie!

KHS Flite 100

Here’s some specs on it:

Reynolds 520 Double Butted full CrMo
Fork CrMo track
Headset Threadless
Rims Weimann SP17 Alloy
Hubs Alloy Flip-Flop Track
Tires Kenda Koncept 700x23c, Kevlar
Spokes 14G Stainless 36°
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur N/A
Shifters N/A
Chain KMC Z30
Crankset Sugino 165mm x 48T
Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace SS-7600, 16T
Pedals Alloy road w/toe clips & straps
Seatpost Alloy micro-adjust
Saddle San Marco Ponza Lux
Handlebar Alloy track bend
Stem Alloy 3D Forged
Tape Cork Tape
Brake Levers N/A
Brakes N/A
Color Flat Dark Gray
Frame Size 50, 53, 57, 60cm (measured center-to-center

To learn more about it, CLICK HERE!

My Favorite Commuter Bike, Redline 925

Here’s an update on my favorite rig to ride.

It started off as a stock bike with fenders and moustache bars.

Eventually I got rid of the bars, fenders and installed some Sweetskinz tires and made my own bull horns.

redline 925 customized

I love this bike! I haven’t found another bike that I have been so lovingly affectionate with. It’s my commuter and my grocery getter!

When Not To Ride?

On Sunday a wild fire broke out in Orange County Ca. The fire it self was a few cities away, but the sky has been gray from the smoke.

So this afternoon when I went to grab my bike out of my porch, I noticed something on the bike…ashes from the fire. With all the Santa Ana winds that has been blowing around lately, cars and anything else that has been sitting for a while has a lite dusting of ash.

I’m not so sure if you can tell, but my Redline 925 had some dust all over it. So as I rode away, I was wondering if I should even be riding my bike right now. Couldn’t the ashes do something bad to my lungs later on?

I know there are some die-hards that don’t stop riding no matter how bad the weather is. I’ve heard of some guys out on their bikes 16 below zero and others riding in 110 degree heat!

But what about in this situation should someone ride their bike and in hale the ashes that’s circulating through the air?

For myself, I kinda regretted my little excursion because after my ride, my throat was burning!

Weather Has Been Great!

Last week Priscilla decided to commute to her work. So I decided to ride with her to the office. Here’s some pics of our ride.

Here’s Priscilla loading her bike up the elevator.

Off to work she goes!