Name: James Jay
Location: Tempe AZ USA
Started bike commuting: About 4 years ago
Commute distance (one way): 7 miles
Describe your commute: I used to go through neighborhoods, and light traffic. Then we moved one of the things I had to make sure when moving was we needed to be a good distance so I could commute. Now I am able to take advantage of the Tempe bike paths that connect the area which are wonderful, but those paths run out and I am forced to deal with traffic and lights. More than I was used to before.
I’ll admit I do not bike everyday maybe at least 3-4 times a week, my body sometimes just gets too tired. And or I wake up too late, or the weather is too hot for me. But I would rather be on a bike than drive.
Describe your bike and accessories: I use a 1980 Trek 412 that I bought off craigslist and cleaned up, added a rack from my local LBS and some small avenir bike panniers I found on craigslist. I used to ride a 1988 Raleigh Sport but was hit on my way to work on April Fools day. I miss that bike.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Don’t forget to smile when you ride. But also be safe.
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