Bicycle Commuter Profile: Torben Lauritzen

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Torben Lauritzen
Location: Thorsager, Denmark
Started bike commuting: 2010
Commute distance (one way): 30 km

Describe your commute: 15 km along the bay of Aarhus (countryside) and 15 km suburban from Thorsager to the northern part of Aarhus in Denmark. Some hills, and almost always windy (headwind when going to work, backwind home). A very nice trip, which I usually do in one hour and a few minutes. I usually do 3-5 commutes a week, working from home the other days, or driving with a coworker, if I have to.

Describe your bike and accessories: Koga Signature with Rohloff Speedhub 500/14, Magura hydraulic HS33 brakes, Schwalbe Marathon Racer 35 mm tires, Brooks Swallow saddle and SPD/platform pedals. It weighs 14 kg, but is almost as fast as my old racing bike. I use an Ergon BD1 backpack, which is quite small, but almost not noticeable when riding.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ride every day! That will make it much easier to get on the bike, even if it rains or it is windy. The first seven kilometers are warm up – the rest is pure joy :-) So do not be scared to commute by bike, even if you have to ride 10-15 or even 20 km. Use mudguards! Use cycling shoes and matching pedals (I use SPD pedals, because the shoes can be used for walking short distances). Ride in cycling clothes, and have a shower at work (if possible). Also when riding in the rain – if you are working hard enough, you will not be cold.

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