Bicycle Commuter Profile: Josef Janning

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Josef Janning
Location: Bonn, Germany
Started bike commuting: 1966
Commute distance (one way): varies, last: 20 km

Describe your commute: I have been bike commuting since my secondary school days up the age of 30, then abandoned the bike (except for weekend rides) for 15 years and am happy to be back on the bike for the past 10 years.

Started to bike to work occasionally, then regularly, then always. Did that for three years through all seasons, usually logging 30-60 km per office day. Changed job and location and still commute emission-free, but on feet; continue to ride for errands, touring. Bike commuting has changed my life in so far that I now try to be emission-free or low in all of my transportation needs, using my car as little as possible.

Describe your bike and accessories: I own fun bikes (MTB & road bike) and commuter bikes (recumbent two-wheel and recumbent trike, velomobile). My favorite distance commuter bike is my Quest velomobile, Dutch made, 28 kg carbon fibre, with good lights, brake light, fog light, indicator lights, very visible on the roads, very comfortable and fast.

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

  1. Just do it.
  2. Get a low maintenance reliable bike with good lights, good brakes, hub generator, hub gearing, chain protection.
  3. Use a set of good waterproof panniers, change clothes at work.
  4. Select your bike route, don’t just ride where you would drive — often, there are much better alternatives, maybe somewhat longer, so what — more miles, more fun.

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