Name: Alan Barnard
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
Started bike commuting: On-and-off since 1983. Most recently full-time since early 2008.
Commute distance (one way): 6 miles on the bike, 25-ish on the train or bus.
Describe your commute: My multi-modal commute has three components. There’s the suburban leg that is mostly on quiet trails and backroads, there’s the bus/train leg which covers a majority of the distance, and finally, there’s the short urban hop from the train station to my workplace. The overall trip takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Describe your bike and accessories: My current primary commuter is the Civia Bryant shown here on the site. It’s mostly stock, with the addition of a Tubus Logo rack in the rear and a Pass & Stow porteur rack in the front. I recently swapped the BB5 disc brake calipers for a set of BB7 calipers. Eventually, I’ll probably upgrade the drivetrain to a Gates CenterTrack with an Alfine 11 internal gear hub. At that point, I may also add a dynamo hub up front.
I also sometimes ride a Brompton (shown above). I usually take it to work when I have errands to run downtown. It stores nicely at my workplace and I can take it inside with me instead of having to lock it up on the street.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Give yourself plenty of time and take your time. Bike commuting should be fun and relaxing. There’s nothing that takes the joy out of it more than feeling rushed and late. Hurrying can also lead to poor riding habits such as running stop signs, cutting across lanes without carefully checking for traffic, etc.
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