Bicycle Commuter Profile: Jeff Hendricks

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Jeff Hendricks
Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Started bike commuting: August of 2010
Commute distance (one way): 10 miles

Describe your commute: Tucked in the sugar cane farmlands of southern Louisiana, my commute takes me past Antebellum plantation homes, sleepy neighborhoods, through parks, near above-ground cemeteries, across Bayou Lafourche, and sometimes down gravel roads or through the local university. The route is scenic, but there is absolutely zero bike infrastructure here.

Describe your bike and accessories: 2011 Surly LHT built from the frame up. Self-built wheels with a Sanyo dynohub and 7-speed cassette rear. Suntour downtube shifters, MTB V-brakes squeezed with Tektro long-pull levers, Axiom fenders and racks, vintage Sakae road pedals, Dimension bars, Sunlite saddlebags and Axiom front panniers (not pictured). Home-built LED lighting system. This is my only bike, but it does everything.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?:

  • If you give people the opportunity to pass dangerously close, they will.
  • However, 99% of drivers will give you space and wait if you make it clear that they shouldn’t pass when there’s oncoming traffic.
  • Being friendly and courteous is better than always being right.
  • To eliminate smelling sweaty, shower before you ride and rinse your head and towel off when you arrive… I live in south Louisiana, believe me, it works.

 
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