Name: Levi Pounds
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Started bike commuting: 2005 on and off – consistently for the last 6 months
Commute distance (one way): 8 kms
Describe your commute: In the morning when I leave my house at Bathurst and St. Clair, I have a nice long downhill almost all the way to work at Adelaide and Ontario. I try to take a slightly different route every time.
Describe your bike and accessories:
- 2011 Surly Long Haul Trucker with big fat 2.0 mm Schwalbe Marathons Supremes – great for Toronto’s rough streets.
- Tubus Cargo and Tara racks
- Ortlieb back and front rollers with Ortlieb handlebar bag (I also use this bike for touring)
- Occasional use of the fantastic Carradice SQR Tour.
- Keen SPD shoes
- The “Take-a-Look” mirror (my roadie friends call me a FRED but I love this mirror)
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: After working as a bike courrier in Toronto I learned the best way to avoid getting car doored is to give all doors a wide berth. A swinging door is more likely to seriously injure a cyclist than a moving car approaching from behind. Hesitation is what causes accidents- for cyclists and drivers.
Commuting is a utilitarian benefit to owning a bicycle, but the same bike can be used for recreation during free time. Take one day a week to bike around aimlessly, stopping where you see fit, and generally playing “tourist” in your own city.