Name: Boularan Joël
Location: Paris, France
Started bike commuting: First 1977 with some breaks (Solex 1 year, tube, 1 year, roller skate 2 years, car 1 year, motorbike 1 year), next 2008
Commute distance (one way): 18 km
Describe your commute: Form North of Paris 19 close to les buttes chaumont, crossing paris to south and then uphill to Clamart and Fontenay aux Roses. Not very cool trip due to traffic, but early in the morning 6 am, with the sunshine riding over the Seine with the sighting from the pont Notre de Dame, really wonderful. And motivating to continue to go to work.
Describe your bike and accessories: On year ago I broke my old Scott VTC frame after a bad snowy winter and pot holes comming with. Then I bought a Surly LHT Frame 56 (the blue one) and built my new bicycle with second hands spare things (often mine) : my brook flyer saddle, a tubus cargo on rear and a zefal lower rack in front. shimano 6000 levers on the frame, mavok A319 rim with shimano Deore hub and continental city tires for bad weather.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Prefer to ride early in the morning, have a breakfast and a shower (if necessary) after the ride. Try to enjoy it even in the worst condition (tell you it could be even worst by car, bus walking etc.)