Location: Burlington, Vermont
Started bike commuting: 1981
Commute distance (one way): 11 miles
Describe your commute: I am currently a reverse commuter, leaving the city in the morning for a ride southward to my workplace in the country. It is on 3 miles of bike path, but mostly narrow country roads. The last mile is on a dirt road. I do not commute from November to March, mostly because of the darkness and northeast road conditions.
Describe your bike and accessories: For years I used a Trek 830 mountain bike with narrow tires. For the past two years I ride a Miyata 610 with mustache handlebars. I use small rear panniers to hold a change of clothes, lunch, a trusty camera, and other essentials.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ride when you can: to the grocery store, with your children to the park. Ride a bike that you like. Forget the fancy gear. Use a backpack or whatever bag suits your fancy. Regular bike commuting doesn’t happen in a day, but rather as your comfort grows.