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.

How About A Bike To Match Your C Class Benz?

I just found this little site. Mercedes Benz will start offering bicycles!

Here’s the Press on it:

If the Mercedes Vision C 220’s 43 miles per gallon isn’t enough to appease your eco-centric lifestyle, how does infinite miles to the gallon and the ability to meet EURO emission requirements until the end of eternity sound? Thanks to the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Bike Collection, this remarkable ultra-environmentally-friendly vision is now a reality.

Unveiled today, the 2007 Mercedes Bike Collection offers the aforementioned polar ice cap saving features in three distinct flavors: “Fitness,” “Trekking,” or “Racing.” For the fitness line, select features include two versions (‘Sport’ for gents and ‘Comfort’ for ladies), an aluminum frame, a magnesium fork with a 80mm stroke, an adjustable handlebar, disk brakes and 24 gears with Shimano Alivio equipment.

For longer excursions, the “Trekking” line is likely more suited to your tastes, with some features including two versions (again, ‘Sport’ and ‘Comfort’), an aluminum frame, a high-strength luggage carrier and a halogen lamp system.

And finally, for the adventurous among you, the new carbon racing bike will likely be at the top of your wish list. Features of this Campangolo-produced bicycle include a carbon-fiber frame produced by a tube-to-tube production method as well as a total weight of under seven kilograms.

The best part of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Bike Collection? Despite their incredible fuel consumption and emission figures (or lack thereof), each member of the MB bicycle family costs significantly less than their four-wheeled cousins despite the added earth-saving benefits. Pricing for the “Fitness” line weighs in at EUR 990; pricing for the “Trekking” line is slightly higher at EUR 1,290; and pricing for the “Racing” line is seat at EUR 3,990. Available at Mercedes sales partners starting in May, pricing is for the German market and includes 19 percent VAT.

If you’d like to learn more about any member of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Bike family or view photos showcasing both the “Fitness” and “Trekking” lines, you can do so immediately below.

Here’s the best picture….a Benz Bike equiped with nothing but the best components….Shimano Alivio! HAHAHAHAH!

Click image to get a good close up.

Man, Benz is just as bad as GMC with their goofy bikes.
Read more HERE.

I say, car companies should stick to cars and bike companies, keep on keepin’ on!

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!