Location: Lakewood, CO, US
Started bike commuting: 2008
Commute distance (one way): 9 miles
Describe your commute: My commute is a mix of road via bike lanes and bike path. I am going from the suburbs to a downtown city center. I have a little elevation gain, which is on the way home.
Describe your bike and accessories: My daily commuter is a vintage 1980 Holdsworth. I have it outfitted with a friction 14-speed drivetrain and Silver bar-end shifters. I also have a rear rack (vintage Jim Blackburn) with two bags (Axiom Cartier DLX Panniers). In the winter I just add my lights (Planet Bike Blaze) and change the tires to knobbies (Kenda K161 Knobby 27 1-3/8″) when the snow starts.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Here is my list of things to keep in mind: Be consistent with your bike routine and do not talk yourself out of riding some days (its too cold, I’m sleepy, I have a morning meeting). Be prepared, you should be able to fix a flat, add or remove layers of clothing, and have water, and lights for night riding.