Bicycle Commuter Profile: David Brown

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: David Brown
Location: Suwanee, Ga.
Started bike commuting: 2006
Commute distance (one way): 8 miles

Describe your commute: Some 4 lane roads with bike lanes, moderate to heavy traffic, and some 2 lane rural roads with decent shoulders, also moderate traffic. Since it is in north Georgia, the roads are moderately hilly.

Describe your bike and accessories: I have 2 bikes that I switch between, one is an A. Homer Hilsen by Rivendell and one is a Quickbeam by Rivendell. The Hilsen is a 27 spd bike and the Quickbeam is a 4-speed (2 chainrings in front and a 2-cog freewheel in the rear) w/o any derailers (RIP Sheldon Brown). So basically, it is a single-speed bike. Both bikes have full fenders and battery-operated lights (really want to splurge on a hub generator!) Brooks saddles, 1 is a spring saddle and the other is not. Wald baskets on top of Nitto front racks for both. The Hilsen has a Nigel Smythe large saddlebag in the rear. As for bar configurations, the Hilsen has a Nitto Noodle bar ( a drop-style bar) and the Quickbeam has a Nitto Albatross bar (swept-back style, for anyone not familar). Both bikes are an absolute pleasure to own and ride.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Plan and prepare. The more organized and prepared you are, the more you will actually ride. Keep tires adequately inflated, chains lubed, fresh batteries in lights (if you use that style) at all times. Also ride only when you feel like it. If you start making yourself ride everyday, no excuses, right off the bat, it will become another job and you won’t stick with it. Allow yourself plenty of time so you won’t feel rushed. You will enjoy the experience a lot more that way. Also if traffic bothers you, plan a route that would help to eliminate some of the more heavily traveled roads. This may take longer, but you will feel safer, therefore enjoying the ride a lot more. Happy trails!

8 Responses to “Bicycle Commuter Profile: David Brown”

  • Alan says:

    That’s a beautiful bike, David. Congrats!

    Alan

  • kfg says:

    Damn near perfect stable. Only needs an ANT Truss to go over the top.

  • dominic says:

    David,
    Your advice is spot on for making a ride enjoyable. I agree with you not to rush and taking time and planning a route. For me this results in a riding style useful for slow bike riding. Slow bike riding is great for summer if maintaining body cooling is a priority. And getting to the workplace relatively sweat free is the goal.

  • Molnar says:

    It’s interesting that some people advise only riding when you feel up to it so it doesn’t become a chore and others say you have to be disciplined and ride no matter what so you don’t fall off the wagon. I think both view are valid, and the personality of the rider will determine which approach works best.

    kfg: An ANT Scorcher would also do the trick. I say that only because I have a lovely ANT Scorcher and am trying not to covet an ANT Truss.

  • Alan says:

    @Molnar

    If you have an ANT Scorcher you’re not allowed to covet an ANT Truss (says he who has a Hillborne but covets a Hilsen)… ;-)

  • kfg says:

    I’ve got a Quickbeam and a fungible scorcher, so I’m free to covet the ANT truss. Obviously from my first comment I covet a Hilsen as well, set up as a dishless 1×5 with Suntour Cyclone. The main problem being that I can’t figure out what I’d use it for other than to have it “for later” and Grant is already complaining about how many of his bikes go to “Collectosaurs.”

  • Bob Baxter says:

    I would love an ANT Truss as it reminds me of my first bike, an Iver Johnson truss frame, but I settled for an ANT Basket Bike as I needed some way to carry the dog food home from the store. http://www.flickr.com/photos/antbikemike/5781850625/lightbox/
    I’m pretty much confined to step throughs now–i.e. Betty Foy and Brompton.

  • Jeff says:

    HI,
    What is the make and model of the rear rack on the bike pictured?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

 
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