Location: Toronto, ON
Started bike commuting: Seven years ago, when I moved to Toronto
Commute distance (one way): 9 km
Describe your commute: Along side streets and some main streets in downtown Toronto.
Describe your bike and accessories: I have four bikes that I alternate for commuting, depending on the situation. Four three seasons, my fast commuter is a pink Rock Lobster Alfine with a full Alfine 8 speed group. For winter, I switch to a winter beater that is a old, steel, lugged Novara from the late eighties-early nineties. It has been retrofitted with an Alfine 8 speed hub, Schwalbe Winter Marathon studded tires, stainless fenders and Moose Mitts. The two specialty bikes are a PBW folder that I use in multi-modal situations, and an Xtracycle when I haul big loads and/or kids.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Try to get into the habit of doing it everyday. Dress appropriately for the weather. Fenders, lights and a bell are essential. Don’t be in a rush like all the other traffic, and go with the flow.