Name: Alden Aldrich
Location: Fort Worth, TX, USA
Started bike commuting: Summer of 2009
Commute distance (one way): 5 miles
Describe your commute: In high school I rode mostly residential streets. When I started at community college I had to ride one of the busiest 4-lane streets in Fort Worth daily, attacking a massive hill on the way there and mostly uphill on the way back. Fort Worth wind is always a killer. Next semester I will go to the downtown campus of my college and will have 6 mile all-residential ride.
Describe your bike and accessories: I mostly ride a fixed-gear Schwinn Madison, it has really funky old-style handlebars, gold Alexi rims with white Maxxis tires. I think it’s the best for commuting because it’s fixed, so you get a little bit of challenge. I think fixies are more efficient on uphills and against headwind in my opinion.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Just keep riding. The more you ride, the more you want to ride, and the less you want to drive. The heat’s really not that bad, you’ll catch a better breeze on a bike than walking. Have multiple bikes in case one needs tuning up or has a flat or etc. Having four different bikes, 2 road, 1 hybrid, and one track-fixie has saved my ass more than once, and has also kept me out of a car.