Bicycle Commuter Profile: Elijah Lyke

Name: Elijah Lyke
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
Started bike commuting: Last year
Commute distance (one way): 8 to 9 miles depending on the route.

Describe your commute: I have a mostly bike path commute in the non-snow monthes. They don’t plow the last 2 miles to my work so I’m forced to ride on the icy shoulder of the highway in the winter. There are quite a few hills both directions. The commute is beautiful. On a clear day I can see Denali (Mt McKinley non-Alaskans). I also ride past a herd of reindeer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Sometimes I do the drive with the bike to work ride home/bike in the next morning routine.

Describe your bike and accessories: My main bike is 94 Bridgestone MB-6 I bought in highschool. The only things orginal are the frame and wheels, Its got a short stem and moustache bars with old school shimano 600 levers and suntour barcons. The drivetrain is a double 53/39 setup, with an 11-30 cassette in the back. I could get by with a 1×8 setup, but a really love riding 53-11 down a long hill right before I get to work.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Do it. After a while the feeling of soreness in your legs will feel so good. After a while your butt won’t hurt anymore. In short it gets better. I know I don’t smile nearly I much driving as I do biking.

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