Name: Dan Dodds
Location: Helena, Montana
Started bike commuting: Since 1971 with some breaks. Continuously since 2000.
Commute distance (one way): 12 miles
Describe your commute: Mostly rural highway shoulder with a couple of miles on back streets in town. Mostly flat, but with a big hill at each end (600 ft elevation gain at one end, 400 at the other).
Describe your bike and accessories: My main bike is a 2008 Rans Rocket. Homemade rack and seat-back bag and a pair of blinkies front and back. My backup bike, which was my only bike for 35 years, is a 1973 Peugeot PX-10, with everything but the brakes and seatpost worn out and replaced at least once.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: There is a lot of good advice here and elsewhere, but most of it should be prefaced with “Here is what works for me. It may or may not work for you.” Experiment, think, and figure out what works for you. What works for me is that the more I ride, the more I want to ride.
Be nice to the poor people in cars. Most of them are spending eight to ten hours at a job they don’t like without the benefit of a bike ride before and after.