Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
Started bike commuting: 7 year ago
Commute distance (one way): 5 miles
Describe your commute: My commute includes bike trails, bike lanes, as well as residential streets. Currently, I am taking a one mile detour on a forest path to avoid road construction that has obstructed the bike lanes on my normal route. I am fortunate to be able to park my bike indoors both at home and at work.
Describe your bike and accessories: I ride a Stevens City Flyer. I purchased the bike in Germany in 2006 while living in Europe. I had intended to buy a very different sort of bike, but when I saw the City Flyer on the wall in the bike shop I was intrigued because of the 8-gear Shimano Nexus hub. I had not previously heard of internally geared hubs with more than three gears. I took the bike for a test ride and was sold. I have since added fenders and a rack and carry my computer and papers in an Ortlieb Office Bag.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Bicycle commuting is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors while getting to and from work. Like all vehicles, bicycles require maintenance. A well-maintained bike will make your commute more enjoyable. I just got my bike back from the shop yesterday after a complete overhaul and now it glides silently down the road with much less effort. I spend a fair bit of money keeping my bike maintained. However, I don’t mind because I don’t have to pay for fuel or for parking at work.