Name: Jason Repko
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Started bike commuting: several years ago
Commute distance (one way): 9.3 miles
Describe your commute: I commute from Seward Park along Lake Washington, up to the Arboretum and to the University of Washington. The first 6+ miles is a lower stress road along the lakefront with 25mph limits, although cars typically travel 35mph or more in morning rush hour. Signs post that bicycles have the right of way, though I don’t believe a quiz of most automobile drivers would reveal their knowledge of the sign’s existence. The last three miles include a short climb and then a descent into heavy traffic. I vary the last part from time to time through different neighborhood streets.
Describe your bike and accessories: Workcycles.nl Omafiets classic loop frame Dutch bike. 8 Speed internal Nexus rear hub, internal hub roller brakes, front generator hub runs both front (B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo RT), and rear (B&M) lights. 29″ wheels, full coverage fenders, Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, Brooks B67, Clarjis rear paniers, Basil briefcase, full coverage chaincase, AXA Defender wheel lock + a chain and a NYC Faghettaboutit U-Lock.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: If you have a substantial bike commute and you ride it regularly, get yourself a bike you really like and a couple of good locks for it. If you’re putting the mileage on, you’ll want to love what you ride. I certainly do.