Name: Andrew H
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Started bike commuting: 2004
Commute distance (one way): 7 miles or 20 miles
Describe your commute: Depending on when I need to be in the office and what is going on that day I drive to Reading city limit, park up, cycle to the station, jump on the train and then cycle from Paddington to the office in central London (All in a suit). This route is mainly city streets but the traffic is bearable as I go in early to avoid the rush. Or – Cycle to Reading station, jump on the train and then cycle from Paddington to central London (Done in cycle gear and change at the office). This route is fantastic, 18 miles of it are allong a mainly traffic free cycle route, through woods and open contryside.
Describe your bike and accessories: For the shorter commute, I use a Brompton M3L. I have added Schwable marathon tyres, Ergo grips and use the Brompton C bag which holds everything I have ever wanted to carry on a bike. For the longer commute I use a Bianchi C2C with an Ortileb handlebar bag and Deuter rucksack. I have added Specialized Armadillo tyres and Campagnolo wheels to deal with the detritus that can be found on the trail and carry a 14st rider with 2 bags!
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Stick with it long enough to form a habit and you will never look back (unless using a mirror!). Be bold but not brave in traffic, and think long and hard about what you really need to carry in your repair/bad weather kit.
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