Bicycle Commuter Profile: Brian Hough

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Brian Hough
Location: Olathe, KS
Started bike commuting: 2 Years Ago
Commute distance (one way): 7.3 Miles

Describe your commute: Mostly sidewalks across the suburbs. Enjoy nice hills, passing ponds, a few farm fields and a local airport.

Describe your bike and accessories: Robin’s Egg Blue 2011 Surly Cross Check. Brooks B-17 Saddle. Velo Orange Handlebar bag, Axiom rain proof paniers. Seriously, best bike I have ever owned. Everyone should commute on a cyclocross bike. Fast and tough.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Rather than buying everything you think you need, just get on your bike with a back pack and go. You’ll figure out what things you need as you go and you can buy only what you need that way.

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4 Responses to “Bicycle Commuter Profile: Brian Hough”

  • Eric says:

    Gotta say, I love the “Commuter Profiles” concept, but I’m not loving the deluge in my Google Reader. Any chance of making these a separate RSS feed? What about for Flickr posts as well which are always repeats of blog posts?

  • Alan says:


    Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow control of the RSS output at the category level. I suppose in the meantime you could unsubscribe for a week or two until I get through this first wave of entries (it’s already slowing down, but I have around 75 remaining). Sorry I don’t have a better solution for you.


  • Nico Forte says:

    Brian, thanks for sharing. You have a great nugget of sage advice that I can relate to.

    I think many people get hung up on what to go out and buy BEFORE they start their biking experience. I think at first the best thing to do is use an old bike or borrow a friends. Then after you’ve been riding a bit, you’ll figure out what you prefer or don’t like. As much as we can read and listen to others on what to use, each of us has our own preference. And trying to figure that out what we need before actually riding is not something that can be easily done.

    I started riding again 3 years ago and have found a bit of trial and error to be the best way for me to find out what I liked. Friends who ride have been very helpful and reading a spec sheet or a brochure are great, but nothing has been better than through my own experience of simply riding. This process has also added to the enjoyment as well.

  • Larry says:

    does anyone know what bars those are? look great!

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