BBC Made In Britain – Brompton

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Top Bike Commuting Cities Happier and More Successful

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According to an article in yesterday’s Atlantic, people are happier and more successful in cities with high bike commuting rates.

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Commuter Profiles Posted

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The latest group of Commuter Profiles are now posted.

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Bicycle Commuter Profile: Fredrik

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Fredrik
Location: Oslo, Norway
Started bike commuting: 2010
Commute distance (one way): 8.4 km

Describe your commute: A nice ride going to work, mostly downhill all the way. Starting in a residential area I bike downtown, close to the city center of Oslo. The last part of my bike route goes through one of the main traffic routes in the city. Going back home I have an estimated climb of about 150 meters, making it a bit of a workout at the end of the day at work. I can choose from several possible routes, and do so to get some variation from day to day.

Describe your bike and accessories: These days I ride a recumbent racer. I use seat panniers to carry tools and clothes (for work). My recumbent is a Performer Agenda 700c. I use specialized glasses that changes colour according to the daylight. I use L&M Seca 400 as my commuting frontlight, and a red blinker as a rear light. I have shimano 540 clipless pedals and shimano xc shoes.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: I’m really a starter at commuting but like it a lot. I thought it would be too much hassle before I started, but commuting to work turned out to be my favourite part of the day. I would recomend it to anyone to give it a try.

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Karl

Name: Karl
Location: Sydney
Started bike commuting: 1975 in London
Commute distance (one way): 10 Km’s

Describe your commute: I ride mostly on back roads from home to work. There are a few hills to get the heart rate up and very few cars on the route to disturb my revery. Car drivers in Sydney mostly regard bike riders as equivalent to cockroaches – a scourge that the city would be much better without. But slowly attitudes are changing and drivers are begrudgingly accepting that we are here to stay.

Describe your bike and accessories: I ride a Bacchetta Giro 26. I have upgraded the brakes to BB7’s which I really enjoy – great feel, stop very well and don’t have to replace the pads as often as the old BB5’s. I have changed the gears from SRAM twist shifters to SRAM X9’s thumb shifters – a great improvement – better feel and much, much quieter. I have been using the same waterproof Vaud panniers for the last 10 years and these fit the Bacchetta rack perfectly. This bike puts a smile on my face everyday.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Expect every car to do something stupid. Make sure that you ride with someone else who is familiar with the route and the problem spots. Make sure that you are comfortable with all aspects of changing gears, using brakes etc well before riding on busy streets – there are enough things to worry about without having to also worry about deciding what to do on the bike. Most of all, ride in a way and speed that you can enjoy the experience!

Bicycle Commuter Profile: David

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: David
Location: Melbourne
Started bike commuting: 1995
Commute distance (one way): Various 1-20kms

Describe your commute: City-urban-suburban commuting, coastal, inland, flat to slow long hills/rises, occasional short steep hills. Head winds are always in play Melbourne… I use a mixture of bike trails and shared road ways, I try and avoid car only roads.

Day and evening commutes.

Describe your bike and accessories: Civia Bryant, Alfine 8 belt drive. Lights attached mid front fork and rear of seat post, also slide in spoke lights for night, brilliant side on visablity cars stop at a round about or street crn now, best accessory under $10 for night riding I have used.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Enjoy the change.

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