Location: San Francisco
Started bike commuting: This past summer
Commute distance (one way): 5 km
Describe your commute: Mix of multi-lane heavily traffic city streets, MUT & bike lanes.
Describe your bike and accessories: Bike 1: Globe Roll 1, 42T/17, Wellgo Toe Clips and pedals, 39mm road drop, 700c 32mm wheels, Planet Bike full road fenders (attached with zip ties), Planet Bike Blinky 3, Planet Bike Blaze 1W
Bike 2: Bianchi Super Pista, SRAM Omnium 48T/17, Wellgo Toes Clip and pedals, 38mm track drop, 700c 43mm wheels (Velocity B43), FSA stem and seat post, Selle Italia SL XC saddle
Bag: Rickshaw Zero Messenger
I’m pretty fortunate that I can park my bike in the office. So with gearing pretty close between the two bikes, I will generally use the Globe if it looks like/is raining or if I’m going somewhere for lunch/after work where I have to lock the bike up outside. I’ll use the Bianchi the rest of the time. In addition to commuting to work, I also do ~24 km at lunch (for no other reason than just to get out of the office and breath some fresh air).
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: If you’re like me, the only type of exercise you have is when you’re commuting to and from work. So take advantage of that and ride hard. Not only are you saving money by not buying gas but you’re also saving more money by avoiding monthly gym memberships, which we all know you won’t go to anyways.