Bicycle Commuter Profile: Joe Maki

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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2 Responses to “Bicycle Commuter Profile: Joe Maki”

  • Michael says:

    Amen dude! I’m riding about .5 miles also to work one way in small town Montana on a stock Specialized comfort bike, but with a better saddle. I even rode through the winter on unplowed streets and subzero temperatures (not unlike Superior). Folks think you are crazy, but that makes it more compelling–after you start, of course, with the fair weather days, as you suggest.

  • joe says:

    Michael, I only skipped about 5 days this winter and that was due to fresh snow. Even with studded tires the riding was hairy until the rutted snow got compacted. My coldest day was a -35 wind chill. I think all the money I saved giving up a car went to warm clothes :)

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