Name: Joe Maki
Location: Superior, WI, USA
Started bike commuting: 1 year ago
Commute distance (one way): .5 mi.
Describe your commute: A flat .5 mi. ride through residential streets. It takes me almost as long to walk as to bike with locking/unlocking the bike. I ride because you can’t coast when walking :)
Describe your bike and accessories: I have a Raleigh Alleyway, full fenders, belt drive, Alfine 8 spd. IGH, Alfine dyno f. hub, PDW r. rack and B&M generator lights. It’s overkill for my .5 mi commute, but I gave up owning a car last Oct. and it’s my primary means of transportation. I have an ideal situation to survive without a car. My town is flat and I’m not more than 3 mi. from just about anything I need on a day to day basis.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Pick nice days starting out. Those first impressions will forever color your attitude toward bike commuting. You can add the challenging days as you integrate bike commuting into your life style.
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