Name: Criss Rosenlof (Papa Bear)
Location: West Valley City, Utah, USA
Started bike commuting: About 6 years ago, faithfully for about 1 1/2 years (year – round)
Commute distance (one way): 11.9 miles
Describe your commute: I ride the gamut. I have heavy traiffic roads with next to no shoulder, bike lanes and even the option of a dedicated bike/hike trail along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City. I have about 400 feet of elevation gain, but it all happens in a 1 mile space at the end of my ride into work.
Describe your bike and accessories: I ride a Cannondale Quick hybrid bike with trekking handlebars and a rear rack with trunk and panniers. I use 700 x 25c slick road tires during good weather and 700 x 28c commuter tires when it’s mucky out. I also have front and rear fenders to keep the skunk stripe to a minimum and I use a Night Rider 300 lumen helmet mounted light for riding in the early morning.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Just turn the pedals. It isn’t a race. You don’t have to be fast, and you don’t have to wear any special gear. I wear cycling shorts/tights because they are comfortable, but if you’re not comfortable in lycra, wear what you want! Get a good headlight/tail light for the dark times, and get comfortable riding on the shoulder of traffic. Also, if you’re worried about the distances involved, ride part way, and take a bus or train the other part.