Bicycle Commuter Profile: Molly

Name: Molly
Location: Minneapolis MN USA
Started bike commuting: I’ve never had a car.
Commute distance (one way): One mile to work, 3 miles to class, 2.5 miles to the coop

Describe your commute: When my workplace moved, I moved to be closer to it. I live and work in downtown Minneapolis. I live in a high rise with a locked bike room in the basement. A bike lane stakes me straight to work, or if I want scenery I can go a few blocks out of my way and ride along the Mississippi River.

Describe your bike and accessories: Surly Instigator with a single chain ring and 9 speeds, which I love despite not being a great commuter, and a a Burley Travoy for errands. Best investment I ever made, as it makes an impractical commuter bike into a great one. I can bring the Travoy up in the elevator and fold it away when not in use.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: I commute at night, so lights are a must. Ride defensively. I’ve been doored on a busy street, so watch parked cars. I see a lot of people ride with headphones. Don’t do that. Bells are great too.

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4 Responses to “Bicycle Commuter Profile: Molly”

  • joe says:

    Molly, I’m just discovering the joys of the Travoy. An amazing piece of design work. I’m planning on using it this summer for hauling my golf clubs to the course. If it ever warms up here in the Norhtland :)

  • Molly says:

    Joe, I hauled a small table on it the other day! I’d love to do a short tour with it at some point.

  • John B says:

    I bought a Travoy this week. It is wonderful for running errands and in-store shopping with my ’81 Trek around Minneapolis. (I don’t need the trailer for commuting). It’s also very handy for walking to nearby stores (beer!) as a shopping cart alone.

  • Molly says:

    John B., the Travoy is a good laundry cart too. and handles a case of beer or a box of wine ; )
    I’m happy to see Minneapolis commuters represent!

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