Bicycle Commuter Profile: Michael

Name: Michael
Location: Austin, TX
Started bike commuting: 8 months ago
Commute distance (one way): 2 miles

Describe your commute: Using the bike lanes along surface streets until the tail-end when I end up on the university’s campus where I work and have to share the lanes.

Describe your bike and accessories: A blue late 80’s/early 90’s Taiwanese-built lugged steel Lotus 2000RR. Mix-mash of later Suntour parts, Sakae crank, handlebar and stem and Shimano brakes. Recently put on some Silver Shifters and won’t ever go back to indexing.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Learn how to fix a flat before you go out. I had multiple people tell me this but was too stubborn and had to figure out the hard way that it is easier than it sounds. If it is not bolted down securely, it will be taken, but sometimes it’ll get taken even if you bolt it down.

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