Name: Jaime Hall
Location: Gresham, Oregon, USA
Started bike commuting: 6 or 7 years ago
Commute distance (one way): 13.5 miles
Describe your commute: Urban, half a little hilly (small, short climbs) and half relatively flat. The Portland area has a pretty good infrastructure so most of my ride is on bike lanes or bike boulevards. Of course 8 months out of the year it’s rainy and cold but 3 or 4 months it’s absolutely glorious.
Describe your bike and accessories: My bikes have included a ’89 Bridgestone RB2 (still my favorite bike), a Salsa Casseroll and my brand new Civia Bryant. The Civia has shown me the difference between a bike that can be used as a commuter and a bike that was designed as a commuter from the ground up. Full fenders of course and rear rack. I also have a CETMA front rack. I spent some good money on a good rain suit, it is Portland after all. Having the proper equipment makes year round commuting enjoyable most of the time.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Don’t wait until you have “all the right equipment” to get started, just start. Once you’ve established that bike commuting is for you go ahead and invest in the equipment that will help make the ride even more enjoyable. You’ve got to get to and from work any way so you might as well get a work out and save some money as you do it.