Location: Syracuse, NY
Started bike commuting: About 5 years ago
Commute distance (one way): Currently 13.5 miles
Describe your commute: I have a mixed commute. I drive to a parking lot about 7 miles from home. I ride on both roads and the Erie Canal towpath (stone dust path) into the city and work. Riding on the towpath eliminates having to ride in a lot of car traffic. I tend to carry lunch and a full change of work clothes. I have access to showers at work so I can ride in bike gear.
Describe your bike and accessories: 2011 Surly Cross Check, triple crank, 11-34 cassette, butterfly touring, a sprung Brooks saddle, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires (32), and Planet Bike fenders. I use an Ostrich front bag on a Velo Orange decaleur and a Nashbar garment bag pannier on a Tubus Logo rear rack.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Experiment with lots of different riding routes to and from work. Most of all be a very alert, courteous, and lawful bike rider; be someone others want to share the road with.