Location: Indianapolis, IN
Started bike commuting: I started riding and commuting this year.
Commute distance (one way): 20-30 miles
Describe your commute: There is a very nice trail that was part of a “rails-to-trails” project that runs directly North and South into the city. Driving my car (with bike) to any point on the trail allows me to alter the distance but my usual point of entry onto the trail makes for a 20-22 mile one-way commute. I live 10 miles east of the trail that requires riding on a busy 4 lane road, if I ride the entire distance on my bike it is about 30 miles one way. I shower in the basement of our building.
Describe your bike and accessories: I wanted a road bike to ride on the weekends which is also good for commuting long distances. I bought a road bike from an online site it has Shimano Tiagra/105 component level ($599). I have clip-in commuter shoes so I can get off the bike and walk easily. I sometimes ride with a backpack. I have a tire change kit in a pouch under my seat. In the early morning or late evening I use a tail light and front light.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Commuting to work via bike is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. Try to get comfortable riding on the roads and always look for new routes. If you are riding a long distance get creative and try meeting up with a bus or ride home at the end of one day and to work on the next (leave your car at work). Make sure you know how to change a flat tire.