Name: Jake Dean
Location: Misawa, Japan
Started bike commuting: 2010
Commute distance (one way): 4 mi.
Describe your commute: I live and work on base, so its a fairly quick ride (15-20 min) ride on either the road or the multi-use path that parallels it. Being a military base, the path is almost always being used by people running for morning PT, so I generally stick to the roads.
Describe your bike and accessories: My commuter is a 2009 Marin Hamilton 29er, WTB saddle, Planet Bike headlamp and tail light. I recently added the rear rack and fashioned panniers out of a couple of attache bags so I didn’t have to carry everything in a backpack. This bike is the complete opposite of the shiny Soma Stanyan/Velo Orange bike I’ve just built, but it’s 90% utility and 10% looks.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: If you can, change up your route to avoid getting bored with your commute. Unfortunately, I don’t have this option and I wish that I did, Other than that, park your bike where you can see it throughout the workday – it serves as a reminder that there are more fun things to look forward to.