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!