Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Started bike commuting: About a year ago
Commute distance (one way): 31Km
Describe your commute: My route is the standard “I see it all.” It takes me along rocky gravel paths, paved tree lined paths, and thru some downtown streets and roadways. I always enjoy the path portion of the ride, but seeing as how Germany is a biker friendly country, even the downtown ride thru the streets is normally carefree, usually having to avoind folks walking their dogs more than vehicles. The best part is I get to cross the highway (A8 as shown in the picture) and see the traffic I would be sitting in if I had driven to and from work.
Describe your bike and accessories: When we first arrived in Germany, the local bike store was having a sale and my wife picked up a Whistle bike as a present. I honestly can’t even tell you what model it is. I put some more commuter friendly tires and some clip on pedals, and have been using it ever since. It is a bit bulky for a strict commuter, but hasn’t slowed me down much. I recently purchased an Arkel Randonneur Rack and Switchback bag, which beats the backpack I had been “stealing” from my son.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: To borrow a line from a popular athletic manufacturer, “Just do it.” No need for a million dollar bike or special shoes. Pre-plan your route before you ride it for real, and then have a plan for shower and work clothes. Then enjoy the exercise and stress releasing ride home!!