Location: Seattle, WA
Started bike commuting: 2009
Commute distance (one way): 4.5 miles
Describe your commute: Mostly flat on an multi-use path.
Describe your bike and accessories: Gunnar Sport with Ultegra components, bar end shifters, brooks saddle, VO aluminum fenders, and 700×28 panaracer paselas. I usually don’t carry much to work, so I don’t use a rack and panniers.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ease into it. Start off with commuting 1-2 times per week and driving the rest. As you adapt, increase your frequency until commuting becomes habitual rather than a task. Reward yourself every once in a while by driving. Watch out for drivers. You may have the right of way, but your safety comes before that.