Bicycle Commuter Profile: Martina Brimmer

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Martina Brimmer
Location: Seattle, WA. USA
Started bike commuting: In 2002
Commute distance (one way): 7 miles

Describe your commute: Every morning and evening I embark along the waterways of lake Union and Lake Washington, crossing drawbridges and hoisting out of my saddle to great the windy climb through Interlaken Park. The ride from the Central District to Ballard is a good blend of street cycling and riding on the Burke Gilman Walking and Cycling Trail. I’d be lying if I said I love the ride every day: when I’m tired and hungry and the rain just keeps pouring out of our Northwest skies the commute can be a real challenge. The beauty of choosing bicycles for transportation is being really connected with the seasons and your body!

Describe your bike and accessories: I have two bicycles, both equally adored. I find myself on my late 80’s steel Bianchi Volpe more often than not. After years of comparing and contrasting, I have settled on a Brook’s men’s saddle to match my height. Subtle and utilitarian accessories include black fenders and a Blackburn head light and rear rack. The Superflash rear light is a must when it’s dark at 4:30pm. When it comes to baggage I use my Swift Industries Roll Top Panniers with a backpack conversion when I am hauling lots, or the company’s Little Dear Saddle Bag on lighter days.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: I really recommend commuting with panniers. It’s a great way to have your bicycle do some work for you. I rode with messenger bags for the longest time and one day at the top of a really hefty climb, I realized I didn’t need to carry my goodies on my person. Also, don’t be afraid of nice rain gear. It took me years to purchase a rain coat and rain pants, and I don’t leave home without them now! It was an investment which made riding year-round so much more enjoyable.

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