Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jenny

Name: Jenny
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Started bike commuting: 2011
Commute distance (one way): 16.5km

Describe your commute: My commute takes me along some streets, but through major parks and wetland areas too. I get to hear a variety of bird and frog calls as part of my ride, which always brings a smile to my face. I also cycle past a lake, which is amazing when there is a light mist. Watching the ducks land on it is just a gorgeous sight.

Describe your bike and accessories: At the moment I ride an Apollo Easytrail. It has a rear rack and mudguard. I have panniers on the back and a basket on the front.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Don’t be too daunted by distance. It’s not like being in a car or on a bus for an hour, because you get to experience a lot more of your world than in closed-off transport. Also, don’t worry too much about weather. You get quite warm, and it’s not hard to stay dry.

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jean Marie

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Name: Jean Marie
Location: College Station TX USA
Started bike commuting: I’ve commuted by bike on and off since Jr. High School (many years ago!)
Commute distance (one way): 4 miles

Describe your commute: I’m mostly on residential and connector roads between my house and Texas A&M University’s campus. There are a lot of bike lanes on the non-residential streets on my route. The one thing that is a little hairy is going past the high school in the morning when there are lots of students driving and distracted parents driving! Pay *close* attention when you have to do that!

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Describe your bike and accessories: Solo, I ride an REI Novara Safari with fenders, rear rack, a rack trunk, and a pannier that clips to it. My significant other and I ride my Santana Arriva tandem (purchased off of eBay) to campus together whenever we can. This has a rear rack and rack trunk. I take my pannier, my SO likes to bring his backpack, which usually get to carry. I’ll convert him to a pannier eventually! Commuting on a tandem is really awesome. We enjoy it and each other, and the community response is enthusiastic. We get comments on that bike from automobile drivers and pedestrians all the time. One yelled out to my guy, “You must get all the chicks on that bike!” I smiled and waved, and laughed. It’s my bike, and I did get quite a guy with it!

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Bike commuting is the best way to get to work. No paying for a parking pass at Texas A&M. No need to schedule “extra” exercise. Commuting with my significant other on a bike is just the best; it is very bonding, and good quality time together at the beginning and the end of the day.

Hey, Where’d They Go?

A few people have mentioned that the large number of Bicycle Commuter Profiles we’ve been posting everyday have been a little overwhelming, and I have to say I don’t disagree. So, in an effort to not completely overwhelm our regular programming with updates to the Profiles section, I’ve now moved them to their own page. This will allow me to post more per day without making it difficult to find the other content. The plan is to post batches of updates to the Profiles page, then post only a single notification to the main page alerting readers to the update. Hopefully this will end up being a good compromise that works for both those who have told us they love the Profiles, and those who have expressed concerns over the large quantity that are coming in.

At this point we have approximately a 15 day backlog on posting Profiles. If you’ve already submitted your profile, thank you for your patience! We’ll get them posted as soon as we can. If you haven’t submitted a profile but you’d like to participate, please visit the Bicycle Commuter Profiles Page for more information.

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Constance Winters

Name: Constance Winters
Location: Somerville/Cambridge, MA
Started bike commuting: April 2009
Commute distance (one way): varies

Describe your commute: I go all over the place for work and my commute can be either 2 miles or 20 miles one way. I travel mostly on roads with car traffic, both with and without bike lanes. Occasionally I travel on the Minuteman Trail and the Charles River trail.

Describe your bike and accessories: I have several transportation bicycles, including an old Gazelle Dutch bike and a custom mixte built by Royal H Cycles. Fenders, racks, a good commuter pannier and dynamo lighting are must-haves for me when it comes to transportation.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Get a comfortable bicycle, take it one step at a time and stay within your comfort zone – That comfort zone will expand in no time.

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Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jon Benn

Name: Jon Benn
Location: Albany, NY
Started bike commuting: Mid 1980’s
Commute distance (one way): 4.5 miles

Describe your commute: Suburban side streets with a few short sections of 4 lane heavy traffic. Use of alleys behind strip malls when the snow clears eliminates most of the heavy traffic areas. Real consistent April through November.

Describe your bike and accessories: Current commuter is a 2009 Fuji Cambridge with Nexus 8 IGH. Dropped stock gearing form 38-16 to 34-19 which is much easier when loaded. Stock flat fenders and rear rack. Arkel bags, Brooks B17 saddle. Replaced mustache bar with a flat bar with bar ends. Older Light & Motion headlight, Planet Bike blinkie out back and lots of reflective tape. Redline BMX platform pedals.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: 1) Its not a race! Arrive relaxed, not gassed. 2) Don’t worry about what other’s think. Just smile and tell the uninitiated that you have a blast on every ride.

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Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jesse Royer

Name: Jesse Royer
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Started bike commuting: 2006
Commute distance (one way): 6 miles

Describe your commute: Mostly side streets and neighborhood zig zags for the first three miles. The last three miles the road runs along a river with the sun coming up in the background. Nice! Not a lot of cars in the morning as I am on the road by 6:30am. The ones who do pass me are usually kind and give me my three feet.

Describe your bike and accessories: 2009 Kona Honky Tonk. Robins egg blue steel frame with Dura Ace down tube shifters! Couldn’t resist. Planet Bike 1w light, super flash rear and 28c tires. Good to go!

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Leave yourself extra time in the morning. Get your stuff ready the night before. You don’t want to always feel like you are rushing against the clock to get to work on time. It ruins the commute and you will eventually revert back to the ole car.

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