Location: Vernon Hills, IL
Started bike commuting: June 2008
Commute distance (one way): 10.5 miles
Describe your commute: Flat. Consisting of subdivisions, MUPs, and roads less traveled. Not too scenic but still nice to be outside smelling what nature has to offer. You don’t get to experience the smell of a spring shower in a car.
Describe your bike and accessories: 2008 Lemond Poprad disc brake version with Ultegra/105 drive-train. Sometimes with and without fenders (depending on my tolerance for a little tire rub). Tubus Logo rear rack with Ortlieb panniers. Waterproof non-roll up version. Niterider dual headlights. Rear Busch & Muller 4D Toplight. Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 35mm. Close to 3000 miles with no flats. Need a new set soon.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: When you consider your commute is part exercise it may save time from driving to and from then hitting the gym/trials. I pack everything the night before and throw the pre-packed lunch from fridge into bag and I set off. Getting ready in the AM for me would make the bike less enjoyable.