Bicycle Commuter Profile: Stephen Hodges

Name: Stephen Hodges
Location: Tallahasee, Florida, USA
Started bike commuting: About 12 years ago.
Commute distance (one way): 2.5 miles

Describe your commute: My commute is mostly through mid-town residential areas with a few hills. I cross a few arteries at controlled intersections, and skirt an urban lake that is part of a city park, There are no bicycle facilities.

It takes about 20 minutes at rush hour. Most people are courteous, and I use hand signals and obey all traffic control devices. My dress is business casual most of the time, and there’s quite a bit of shade along my route.

The nicest part is through a municipal cemetery, which always makes me think about life and how short it is. I tend to ride relatively slowly. It’s a nice ride, and I usually enjoy it. The worst part is, of course, the drivers. They generally leave me alone, but they’re clearly not used to seeing everyday cyclists.

Describe your bike and accessories: 54cm Heron steel touring frame with 26″ wheels, upright seating position, triple crank, bar-end shifters, seven-speed cluster, fenders, Brooks saddle. State-of-the-art 1986, basically. A gentleman’s bicycle. Comfy. I always wear my helmet and a rear-view mirror. Street shoes only.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Be predictable.

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