Bicycle Commuter Profile: Tim Donahoe

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Tim Donahoe

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Tim Donahoe
Location: Columbia, MO, USA
Started bike commuting: To work – 2009…everything else – 2008
Commute distance (one way): 10 miles

Describe your commute: My commute consists of a short jaunt through town and the campus of the University of Missouri. Then I climb a steep, long and windy hill to a major road with 50 mph speed limit. I think take an outer road to an overpass over MO Hwy 63. I then take a shortcut through the University of Missouri’s South Farm Research facility (Grass, dirt and gravel), and on to a small road that leads to the back of my workplace.

Describe your bike and accessories:

  • Frame – Early 90’s Giant Cross/Hybrid
  • Handlebars – Inverted north road
  • Wheels – Sun CR18s laced to Deore hubs
  • Cranks – Suntour XC Pro
  • Pedals – Deore XT
  • Front Derailleur – Suntour AR
  • Rear Derailleur – Shortcage Deore XT
  • Saddle – Brooks B17
  • Other – Planet bike fenders, Velo-Orange Porteur rack, Blackburn bottle cages…etc.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Just do it. The more you ride, the easier it becomes. Eventually you figure out how fast you need/want to go, what routes are the best, and how to deal with the weather. You’ll feel better about yourself the more you ride.

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