Location: Jamaica Plain, MA
Started bike commuting: 3rd grade and then again in 2003
Commute distance (one way): 21 miles
Describe your commute: Although not a short distance, I have an extremely relaxing commute. I start shortly before 6am and ride along the bike path near my home for 5 miles. I zip through a very empty Harvard Square and surrounding Cambridge, MA until I reach the Minuteman bikeway (a rail-trail that serves all of northwest Boston metro). That carries me around 10 miles and then I take some back roads to get to work.
My return trip is pretty much the same, but due to it being pre-rush hour traffic, I take a slightly different route to avoid as many cars as possible.
Describe your bike and accessories: I’m usually riding my 1982 Fuji S-12S LTD that I bought off of craigslist. I have upgraded many components on the bike (wheels, tires, handlebar, saddle, pedals) and recently added dynamo lighting for the winter darkness. I carry two ortlieb panniers on a front rack, but now that it’s warmer and I don’t find myself carrying as much, I’m transitioning to just a saddle bag.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do it every day. I have lots of fun doing my 40+ miles commute, but that’s only because I love to ride. It is by no means faster in the end, so I usually do it 50% of the time.
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