Bicycle Commuter Profile: Steve

Name: Steve
Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA
Started bike commuting: Two years ago.
Commute distance (one way): 15 miles

Describe your commute: Most of the route is on neighborhood streets, all of which have bike lanes. There is a 2 mile portion that is on a recently improved canal path/power line corridor. Improvements include concrete path, lights and landscaping. I travel through three different suburban cities, Chandler, Tempe and the Arizona State University campus, and Scottsdale. The route takes me across a bridge that is over the Tempe Town Lake. Depending on the timing of the traffic signal lights and my speed, the trip takes between 75 to 90 minutes. In my job I have to attend night meetings several nights a week, so I bike commute a couple of days a week. Most of the days that I ride, a co-worker and I ride together. Once the daytime high temperature reaches 105 I stop commuting by bike. I love to ride, but that’s just too darn hot.

Describe your bike and accessories: I ride a Haluzak Horizon recumbent which is a SWB USS recumbent. This bike is no longer in production. I like the under seat steering and the 3 x 9 gearing options that it has. I use Kenda Kwest tires and tubes, Planet Bike Super Flash front and rear combo, Cateye cadence computer, Speedplay frog pedals, Shimano shoes during cooler weather, and Keen sandals during warmer weather. Blackburn rear rack, Transit trunk bag, and Mountainsmith panniers.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Prepare for your ride the night before. Give yourself plenty of travel time, because no matter how well you prepare, you can never predict what you might encounter on the road or with your bike. Have both bright and flashing lights on your bike, and wear a bright color or white jersey. Don’t try to beat the light at any intersection. Finally, pay attention to motorists because they have so many distraction these days.

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