Name: Steve Fuller
Location: Johnston, IA, USA
Started bike commuting: 2006
Commute distance (one way): Used to be 9 miles, now 3
Describe your commute: I leave my house and ride through a lightly trafficked residential neighborhood and merge to a somewhat busy 2 lane arterial street in the suburbs. In those 3 miles I pass an elementary school, a small pond, 3 small corn/bean fields, and cross a major freeway. Most mornings it’s less than 15 minutes into my office. I’ll take a longer route home occasionally, heading into downtown Des Moines or points further south using both surface streets and bike trails.
Describe your bike and accessories: My main bike is a Salsa Fargo with 2.1″ tires, Surly Nice Racks on the front and rear, Schmidt generator hub w B&M IQ Cyo R headlight, Dinotte taillight, Arkel Tailrider for bike and small stuff (hats/gloves/repair kit/bungees), and one or two Arkel panniers depending on what I need to carry and if I have post work errands to do.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: You can start commuting with nothing more than a regular bike and a backpack. Take a dry run of your route on your bike on a weekend morning to get a feel for how long it will take you, and then drive it in your car on a weekday morning to get an idea for the traffic levels.
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