Bicycle Commuter Profile: Thomas Gardella

Name: Thomas Gardella
Location: Wethersfield, CT
Started bike commuting: 2008
Commute distance (one way): 4 miles currently

Describe your commute: Fairly flat 4 mile ride into Hartford. Some bike lanes depending upon the route chosen. CT isn’t the most bike friendly states so I am definitely the exception as a bike commuter here. Commute year round through all weather as long as it is above 15 degrees F upon departing. Possibly looking at a 16 mile commute one way soon.

Describe your bike and accessories: Surly Steamroller with cream colored frame and no decals. Ride single speed with a White Industries trials freewheel and a Brooks B-17. Tires are 700c x 25 for most of the year and 700c x 35 cross tires over the winter. Just put on a Planet Bike K.O.K.O rack with p-clamps and Ortlieb back roller classic panniers. Too much weight in the backpack was causing lower back pain. Definitely a different feel with the panniers but i am sure i will get used to it.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Make sure you buy and use lights. Stay confident and take the lane whenever you need to.

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